Manchester United (Away)
League Cup

Tuesday 1st December 2009


A repeat of last season's League Cup final and a repeat of too many cup-ties over recent years with United, most of which end with our exit from the competition.

Will this time be any different ?  Well, the personnel taking part will most definitely be, as the home team will be much changed form their usual Premier League line-up.  Macheda and Welbeck might lead the line, although Michael Owen might get an unaccustomed start in the line-up.  Ben Foster might be given a chance to repeat his heroics at Wembley against Spurs and Rafael could come in for the veteran Gary Neville, but Spurs could also ring the changes, with Robbie Keane and Jermaine Jenas replacing Jermaine Defoe and Wilson Palacios after sitting out most of the last couple of games.

Much of this game will be about how Spurs take the game to United.  Having lost 0-1 to Besiktas in the Champions League last week, ending their long unbeaten home run in that competition, their record in the League Cup at Old Trafford will be at stake.  And Spurs have reached the semi-final in the last three years and will be looking to repeat that feat, albeit history is stacked against us in the results of games against United.

Twenty years since the last Spurs victory at Old Trafford means that it would be an issue with confidence, but some matched between the sides have been closer than the results might have indicated, but United have the knack of winning against Spurs, as do the other top two sides in the Premier League.

But with some good possession and sharp finishing, Spurs could give Alex Ferguson something to think about.  It would need a performance similar to that in the second half against Wigan Athletic combined with the best of the second period against Aston Villa to allow Spurs to even think about coming away with a winning score-line, but Harry Redknapp will have worked on his tactics to ensure that United know they have been in a game at t the end of the tie, which must be settled on the night.

While United will be favourites, it might suit Tottenham and they might just sneak a tight victory ...

PREDICTION : -  Manchester United   1     Tottenham Hotspur   2

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


MANCHESTER UNITED :  - (-); - (-); - (-); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -   Luka Modric (out - broken leg); Carlo Cudicini (out - broken wrist); Ledley King (out - hamstring); Niko Kranjcar (out - cup-tied); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); - (-); 


Sky Sports 1 - (live coverage)
League Cup Highlights  (BBC 1) - Wednesday 23.25 - 00.25 (highlights)
For coverage in all parts of the world, check here and here

Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152
 (live coverage)
BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne) SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney)  Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa  SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean)  Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London - http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2005/10/12/live_commentaries_feature.shtml
click on link to "Listen to Tottenham Hotspur live commentary" on top right hand menu.




Manchester United   2   Tottenham Hotspur    0      (Half-time score : 2-0)

League Cup Fifth Round
Venue : -  Old Trafford
Wednesday 1st December 2009
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   57,212
Referee :  Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Weather :  -  Wet, cold
Teams : - 
Manchester United :

29  Kuszczak

  2  Neville (c)
15  Vidic
  6  Brown
30  De Laet     

26  Obertan  (16  Carrick  62)
28  Gibson        
  8  Anderson  (14  Tosic  84)
13  Park

  9  Berbatov  (27  Macheda  62)
19  Welbeck

Unused subs: 
40  Amos
11  Giggs
24  Fletcher
  7  Owen

Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

  3  Bale
19  Bassong
20  Dawson
  2  Hutton     

  5  Bentley
  8  Jenas 
12  Palacios  (  6  Huddlestone 46)

18  Defoe
10  Keane (c)  (15  Crouch 66)

Unused subs: 
22  Corluka
  9  Pavlyuchenko

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Manchester United

Gibson 16
Gibson 38

Tottenham Hotspur


Cards : -  
Manchester United

De Laet (accumulated fouls) 78
Gibson (foul) 83   


Tottenham Hotspur 

Hutton (foul) 80  


Match Report : -  
Another performance similar to Saturday's against Aston Villa saw Tottenham come unstuck, as Manchester United seized upon the few chances they made and left Spurs out of the League Cup despite monopolising possession for long periods in the 0-2 defeat.

While Alex Ferguson rested a number of his first choice XI, they looked sharper than Tottenham and worked harder off the ball to stem the movement forward when Spurs had the ball.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of our side, who had a free-kick in the United half which ended up with the ball in our net for the first goal and then defended raggedly to allow the home team to open them up for the decisive second goal seven minutes before the break.

Too many of Redknapp's changed side failed to produce.  Sebastien Bassong was at another game, Wilson Palacios' passing was a liability from the first minute and Jermaine Jenas had a game to forget, but not many Tottenham fans will.  Robbie Keane's use of the ball was poor and his substitution brought Peter Crouch on and he received little to do much with, but when he had the ball on the floor, he failed to find a colleague on many occasions.  David Bentley tried, but failed to deliver a regular supply of quality ball into the box and Alan Hutton played a couple of suicidal passes across his own area, but did try to get forward and tackle back, although not entirely successful with either.

Those of the team absolved from criticism are Michael Dawson, who gave his all; Gareth Bale, who provided some promising moments on the left; Aaron Lennon, who was a threat to Gary Neville until United changed their set-up, but some times even Aaron failed to use the ball to the best effect; Heurelho Gomes, who had little chance with either goal and only had one other shot on target to save and Jermain Defoe, who had little service and the two chances he did have were on target, with one being saved and the other blocked.  Tom Huddlestone played the second half and was always available to receive the ball, but his passing was not spot-on tonight and nor was his tackling back.

But the galling thing was Tottenham started very well in the first 15 minutes, even though Palacios gave the ball away in an attempted clever turn that allowed United to go through and provide Anderson with a shooting opportunity.  Defoe got a yard on the edge of the D and hit a low shot that Kuszczak smothered on the line and then Bale's floated cross evaded Vidic and Jermain hit a shot after taking a touch, but De Laet threw himself in front of the effort to block the ball.  Keane was also put in by Hutton, but he switched feet and then allowed the defence to get back and get in the way.  Jenas, Keane and Bale ceded possession too easily and while Spurs had got away with it in the last two matches, but, even against United's second string, they were made to pay.

The treatment of the Spurs wide men by the United defence was pretty brutal, but with Mark Clattenburg refereeing, there was little chance of too much going Tottenham's way.  In comparison, Spurs failed to get near, let alone stuck into, the United players and that allowed them to use the space well and pass through Spurs.  That was what happened in the 16th minute, as the ball was quickly moved from an interception to the left and then back into the middle of the pitch, just outside the area, where Darron Gibson had time to drive a shot low just inside the post to put United into the lead against the run of play.

Spurs did create a couple more chances before United went 2-0 up in the 28th minute.  A flowing move saw Welbeck return Gibson's pass and the Irishman took a first time shot which was placed towards the top corner and out of Gomes' reach to double the score. 

Tom Huddlestone came on as a replacement for the hugely disappointing Palacios.  He really needs to pick up his passing game, as it puts Tottenham under a lot of pressure when he tries to be too clever or sometimes, just fails to put enough weight on his pass.  His tackling is a major asset, but Wilson needs to up his game a notch.

In comparison, the second half was dull.  Spurs started in much the same way as the first, but lacked a cutting edge in and around the box and the final pass was lacking.  A couple of self-inflicted United attacks were blocked before they got to a shooting position and then just before the hour, Bale's pull back to Bentley saw his powerful side-foot beaten out in ungainly style by Kuszczak.  Apart from a couple of Crouch headers and one by Bentley that all went wide and a late Macheda shot that rippled the side-netting, there was little to get too excited about.

So, United become the first side to beat Spurs over 90 minutes to win a tie in this competition since Grimsby Town back in 2005.  All we can hope for is that the rest of this season will be similar to that one, when Tottenham finished had their highest finish for many seasons.

stan chun




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Other League scores this round :
Portsmouth 2 Aston Villa 4 Tuesday
Arsenal - - - -day
Manchester City - - - -day
Blackburn Rovers - - - -day
Chelsea - - - -day


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