On the surface Sir Alex sent out his run-of the-mill 4-4-2, however in reality he had made a few minor alterations.
The United side today was more of a 4-2-2-2 with Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick taking up more defensive roles in the midfield. Effectively this gave United another two players in defence to deal with the threat of Adebayor and Saha, and also to watch out for the likes of Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon when they cut inside.
There were also times in the game when United gave a feel of "Total Football," where players were constantly passing and swapping/covering positions—inspired by their previous Europa League opponents possibly?
Will we see this type of tactic employed in the crunch games like the April 30 clash with Man City?
The second half saw the players push back up to their usual positions which obviously paid off as this is when United notched the goals which secured the victory. Ferguson said the following to manutd.com after the game:
It was a great performance from Tottenham in the first half and maybe we got our tactics wrong. We improved in the second half and pushed up. In the first period we tried to drop off and bring them onto us a bit but it didn't work. At half-time I told the players to push up on top of their back four a bit more and not to allow them to build their play. We did much better at that, but it needed the second goal to give us the confidence in our game. After that we played very well.
Maybe not then.