Sir Alex agrees that his side must now go undefeated in their remaining games in order to retain their title. Although they avoided defeat against Spurs thanks to Michael Dawson’s own goal, it will still be seen as two points dropped rather than one point gained.
With the race so close this year, few United supporters could disagree.
The disappointment at White Hart Lane needs to be forgotten as quickly as possible if the Red Devils are to continue their charge for the title. After playing some of their best football of the season against Portsmouth midweek, United looked out of sorts at times against Tottenham. It took the introductions of Carrick, Anderson, and Nani to finally spark some life into the squad.
Despite United’s performing far from their best in a 3-1 win over Tottenham in the FA Cup last weekend, they did still deliver a better game against Spurs than in the past. But with the Manchester Derby approaching, United will have to make sure they clean up their mistakes.
Evra needs to diminish his vulnerability at left back while Rooney needs to start finding the net. The English forward has scored only six league goals this season, and if not for the superb goal-scoring form of teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez United may be even further behind in their pursuit of the title.
Tottenham deserves credit for containing United throughout most of the game, but questions will be raised with regard to the lacking contributions of several United players.
Ryan Giggs made little impact and was replaced early in the second half along with Paul Scholes. The devastating and forceful partnership of Tevez and Rooney failed to coalesce as both players were unsuccessful for most of the game, failing to break through a stubborn Tottenham defense (aided by the recent signing of Jonathan Woodgate).
Manchester United must now recover the resolute defense and fluent attacking play that has kept them in contention with Arsenal for the top spot in the league. If Ronaldo continues to dazzle, and Rooney and Tevez can find the net regularly, United’s title charge looks to be in good shape.
With Champions League resuming this month, the season will reach its busiest, and United will need everyone to contribute when called upon. Sir Alex believes he has a squad strong enough to challenge on all fronts, and if everyone carries out their tasks, well then United’s hopes of a successful season may still be in tact come April and May.
In the meantime, United will look to bounce back from the draw against Spurs and mount another winning streak, making a go for the top of the table.