5 Things for Manchester United to Fear from Tottenham Hotspur

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5 Things for Manchester United to Fear from Tottenham Hotspur
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Something special generally tends to happen when Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United.

Last September, Spurs ended a winless streak at Old Trafford that stretched back to 1989 when goals from Jan Vertonghen, Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey earned their side a 3-2 win.

It’s now almost 12 years, though, since fans at White Hart Lane witnessed the last defeat of United. That 3-1 win is asterisked somewhat because the title race was over and the league trophy was heading back to Manchester for the third-successive year.

Between those two results, there have been several lost opportunities: There was United’s comeback from 3-0 down at half-time the following season; the 3-1 defeat in September 2009 when Alex Ferguson’s side were reduced to 10 men after Paul Scholes had been sent off; and a 0-0 draw in January 2011 when Spurs enjoyed the majority of the chances.

Next weekend, they will again try to right several wrongs when United visit north London.

André Villas-Boas’s side go into the game after a frustrating draw at QPR where the home side doubled-up on Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

They won’t face the same defensive roadblock next Sunday and could hurt United on the counterattack.

Read on as we look at a few ways Spurs can hurt the league leaders.

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