Man United Falter as Spurs Get Just Desserts: ESPN FC

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Man United Falter as Spurs Get Just Desserts: ESPN FC
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Fair's fair. The final score was 1-1, and no-one watching the action on a snow-gilded pitch could deny that Spurs deserved a point. Manchester United's line-up suggested a deference to the threat posed by Gareth Bale. They aligned themselves in what looked like a Christmas tree formation, a 4-3-2-1 with Phil Jones deployed on the right of the deep-lying three to accompany Rafael in his containment of the Welshman. The plan succeeded, by and large.

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