Manchester United got the win they were looking for last week, but they didn't win in the fashion they are accustomed to. Their 2-1 opening match win against West Brom didn't showcase how truly dominant they can be.
That's where they hope Tottenham comes in. Tottenham isn't exactly going to lay down and fall victim to Wayne Rooney and the Red Devils. This is a huge opportunity for them to make a statement. Kicking off their 2011-2012 season with even a draw against Man U would be a phenomenal start.
Rooney is on absolute fire. He's an elite scorer and has been playing as such. If Manchester United is going to prove to the rest of the Premiere League that they are in fact the standard, they are going to have to start making quick work of teams like Tottenham.
On the other hand, if Tottenham is going to show they are a force to be reckoned with, they can't roll over to teams like Manchester United. They've been playing well, but their 5-0 win over Heart of Midlothian would be dwarfed by a win over Manchester United.
Proving that they are worthy of taking the same pitch as Manchester United has to be the focus. It's going to be difficult, as the Man U attack isn't going to make it easy on the back line.
West Brom is fortunate to have only seen two goals hit the back of their net. Tottenham may not be so fortunate defensively.
Even so, Manchester United isn't invincible. They are a great team, but West Brom proves they are vulnerable. Even in the event of a loss, it's imperative that Tottenham doesn't go away quietly.
They take on Manchester City less than a week after this match. An embarrassing defeat could snowball into a succession of losses, handing Tottenham a miserable start to a new season.
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