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    Chelsea

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    Arsenal

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    Tottenham

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    Man Utd

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

White Hart Lane, England

Attendance: 35956

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Clint Dempsey 90' +3'

1 - 1

FT

Manchester United

  • Robin Van Persie 25'
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    [Comment from Paul Hartwell]
    In Lilywhite! The Spurs shine bright! (clapclapclapclap!) Clint in the heart of London! #COYS

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    James Tyler: Thanks for joining us! All Hail Clint Dempsey.

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    James Tyler: In the meantime, be safe, be merry, be excellent.

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    James Tyler: More Boot Rooms to be confirmed. Expect some next weekend. Check ESPNFC.com for that info also. Or on Twitter. We're usually good about calling them out.

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    James Tyler: If you like that sort of thing, of course.

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    James Tyler: Find me on Twitter: @JamesTylerESPN

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    James Tyler: Alright! Two Boot Rooms today, two decent games and now the fun must crash to an end. Check ESPNFC.com for all your postgame opinions, analysis and insight.

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    [Comment from Ivan]
    Epic end of the game. We really deserved that point. #COYS

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    James Tyler: Just you watch City drop points next week. Maybe. So hard to say who it hurts/benefits most. At a cursory glance, the gap is closed a bit. But it's still a gap.

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    [Comment from Aarman]
    This will hurt united city are right in it now. united cannot afford to drop any points now.

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    James Tyler: Still, full credit to Lennon. Where most players would have taken the shot off-balance, he had a quick look and picked out Dempsey, who was perfectly placed.

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    James Tyler: Dare I say that De Gea was at fault also? Punched it right to Lennon.

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    [Comment from Ukcoach]
    Great composure in the box for the equalizer. We lacked a cutting thrust but in the end, quality and confidence were the key. Wow. This is new! #COYS

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    James Tyler: So. A fun day if you like Chelsea, really, as Jake said.

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    James Tyler: Think this was a fair result on the balance of play. Spurs definitely worked hard.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    As a Chelsea fan this was a good day. Big 3 points against Arsenal, and Tottenham and Man Utd draw 1-1 with some moments of excitement late on and in the match. I'll take it.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Lennon Man of the Match

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    [Comment from Josh]
    4 points off United. Good haul for AVB.

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    James Tyler: Snow didn't rob us of a good game, either. So it wasn't 4-3. I concede on that one.

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    James Tyler: Game picked up in the second half. Spurs had more chances overall, kept pressing and was rewarded in the end.

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    James Tyler: FT: Tottenham 1, Man United 1

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    James Tyler: And Tottenham equalizes in the final minute of stoppage time. Well. Wow. Whoa. OMG.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, TOTTENHAM: Clint Dempsey's booked for having fun with his celebration.

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    [Comment from Jacob]
    THE DEUCE IS LOOSE!!! He's a peacock you cant keep him in a cage. You have to let him FLY!

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    [Comment from Sir Alex Ferguson]
    Three Minutes of added time is such a disgrace. Way too much time to defend a lead.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Can we re-do the Man of the Match poll?

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    [Comment from Nick]
    Wait isn't this United's thing?

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    [Comment from Ukcoach]
    Anxiety emerges from under the sofa!

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    [Comment from de Selby]
    YES! Rafael mostly at fault. Had a chance to get the ball before that play built up but left it for a non existent teammate.

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    [Comment from Juan doe]
    Lennon, new MOTM!

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    James Tyler: WELL THEN.

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    James Tyler: The pressure finally told on United. An Assou-Ekotto cross was punched clear by De Gea but fell right to Lennon inside the box. He makes the smart play to sidefoot it for Dempsey on the penalty spot instead of shooting himself, and Clint casually rolls it into the bottom corner with De Gea out of position.

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    [Comment from Juan doe]
    DEUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    James Tyler: CLINT DEMPSEY AGAIN

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    James Tyler: THEY HAVE DONE THE THING

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR TOTTENHAM

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    James Tyler: Huddlestone's shot is blocked. Dempsey keeps it in play. Spurs set up again for another cross into the box but Assou-Ekotto's effort is blocked.

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    James Tyler: Have about 90 seconds left. Can Tottenham pull this off?

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    James Tyler: Welbeck races after a Rooney ball over the top, forcing Lloris 40 yards off his line to whack it clear.

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    James Tyler: In hindsight I should have had him in the mix. Still think De Gea merits the award if this game ends in a United win.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Carrick for MOTM

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    James Tyler: Three minutes remaining.

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    James Tyler: Aaron Lennon cuts infield AGAIN. Finally has room to shoot... it's blocked by one of three United players in the middle of the box.

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    James Tyler: I was thinking the same. An obvious withdrawal as he's not necessarily needed here.

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    [Comment from henry]
    actually wondering why welbeck is still on

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    James Tyler: 90th minute...

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    James Tyler: Defoe's almost through on goal but a finely timed lunge by Ferdinand does just enough to wreck the opening.

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    James Tyler: Surprised Ferguson hasn't added Anderson to further clog this game in the dying minutes. Phil Jones has been superb today. Another MOTM choice I neglected to mention.

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    [Comment from Jacob]
    Man of the Match- Whomever kidnapped De Gea and replaced him with a real keeper.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha]
    De Gea is the obvious choice. Until he lets in a 95th minute howler, that is.

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    James Tyler: Evra scrambles one clear and the White Hart Lane crowd perk up a bit. Not long left to seek an equalizer.

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    James Tyler: 87th minute...

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    [Comment from Peter]
    Man of the match - Mother Nature

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    James Tyler: Walker's set piece is nearly met by Caulker, De Gea tidies up.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs: Bale cuts infield from the left and shoots with his right. Rio Ferdinand's header takes the shot out for a corner.

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    James Tyler: Undersoil heating not mandatory in the Prem, no. Most clubs do have it though.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    Do EPL stadiums have heating coils under the pitch, a la the NFL?

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    James Tyler: United weathering the storm. Just about.

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    James Tyler: 85th minute...

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    [Comment from M]
    De Gea no question is the MOTM.... at least so far. I'm hoping I jinxed him for Chelsea's sake as I'm rooting for a tie. Come on give me a howler.

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    James Tyler: I think Spurs has created more, yes. But been woeful with the chances made.

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    [Comment from Wu]
    Am I being biased or have Tottenham created more today? Just dreadful finishing.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    No Carrick for the poll?

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    I hesitantly voted for De Gea. There is still 10 minutes or so, to go.

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    James Tyler: Now then. Lennon with another unchecked run down the right. Finds Dempsey at the top of the box but good defending by Phil Jones. Spurs exerting another wave of pressure...

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    James Tyler: Oh dear. Spurs advantage in midfield is ruined as Dembele's shot ends up almost closer to the corner flag than the goal.

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    James Tyler: Welbeck flicks the corner on but Spurs clear. United then win a free kick as Assou-Ekotto fouls Valencia inside the Tottenham half.

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    [Comment from Josh A]
    I'm a little behind, but David Luiz launches some choice shots way into space.

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    James Tyler: Valencia does well down the right, winning a corner off Assou-Ekotto.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! Lennon finds Defoe at the top of the box. The striker shimmies to create space and shoots low with his left. It's on target but smothered by De Gea.

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    James Tyler: SUB, SPURS: Scott Parker off, Tom Huddlestone on. Riddle us that one.

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    James Tyler: No, Christian. It's a situational XI for United today. Wanted to keep the tempo slower, more deliberate against Spurs' pacey wingers.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    So is Valencia out of favor, or is he just lumped in to SAF's surfeit of attacking talent? Seems like he should be playing more, either at United or with someone willing to overpay in the January transfer market.

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    [Comment from cityfan]
    Drat you, Rio!

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, MAN UNITED: Wayne Rooney clotheslines Lennon to deny the Tottenham counter-attack. Cynical. Obvious.

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    James Tyler: Really good defending, that. Timed his slide to perfection. Spurs corner amounts to nothing, further underscoring Defoe's error.

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    James Tyler: Lennon robs Evra in midfield and gallops toward goal. With the defense on its heels he slides the ball through for Defoe, a perfectly weighted pass, only Defoe takes too long to shoot and allows Rio Ferdinand to slide in superbly and block the shot.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! How did Defoe mess that up!

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    [Comment from A Little Punny]
    It's a battle out there... this game is snow joke!

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    [Comment from Exa]
    Sadly nobody remembers Zamora in that department

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    James Tyler: "Chance" for Spurs as the deep right-flank cross finds Defoe in space, only for the striker to spin and put his volley away from goal.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, MAN UNITED: Rafael's in the book. Naughty lad.

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    James Tyler: Valencia inserted to give United more menace on the break. Also has defensive experience having spelled at RB at times.

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    James Tyler: Stephane Sessegnon does a fine line in "shots that go nowhere near goal" also.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Gervinho would be my pick, but I guess he hasn't had the opportunity to miss so many shots lately.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Sturridge has a fine body of work in thatdepartment.

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    James Tyler: Van Persie forces a sharp close-range save from Lloris but he's offside when meeting the early cross.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    Torres

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    James Tyler: SUB, MAN UNITED: Tom Cleverley off, Antonio Valencia on. Good shift for young Tom C on the right flank, despite being a left-footed player primarily.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassagea]
    Quick poll: Best in the EPL at missing shots by a mile. (My initial thought is Charlie Adam, but Stevie G has been filling that spot nicely as well)

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    James Tyler: Chance for United! Rooney finds Cleverley at the top of the box, the ball gets away from him and almost rolls into RvP's path for an open shot. Good, scrambling defending by Dawson to stop him.

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    James Tyler: Gareth Bale sizes up a shot from range. It ends up a mile wide.

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    James Tyler: Also in the "Bronx Cheer" tradition: cheering/jeering when a team completes a long spell of possession. Usually when said team is winning by multiple goals and it's evident that the game is won. The same cheering is performed ironically when the team that's losing heavily does the same thing.

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    James Tyler: Robin van Persie's offside. Again.

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    James Tyler: Cleverley does well to keep a long ball in play down the right flank. Only his cross skids out for a goal kick. He winces in agony, presumably at how poor his cross was.

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    James Tyler: 20 minutes left.

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    [Comment from jimsakeeper]
    just a smallish elbow in the solar plexus, it seemed to me

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    James Tyler: Assou-Ekotto skipped across his path a minute prior, didn't appear to catch Welbeck but the striker still writhed in pain.

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    James Tyler: Danny Welbeck's injured, apparently.

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    James Tyler: A little over 20 minutes to go. An exciting second half despite not much happening. Dempsey should have scored twice, it should be noted.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- it's frequently applied to referees.

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    [Comment from Juan doe]
    JT, is there an equivalent of the "Bronx cheer" in Europe?

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    [Comment from Danny]
    WELBECK. GET YOUR FOOT ON IT.

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    James Tyler: Chance for United! Welbeck can't turn in a low Rafael cross following fine defensive pressure by Walker.

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    James Tyler: Good shot from Dempsey, that. Had room to crack it on goal. Another sharp save by De Gea. He's having a good game. #Analysis

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! Ball kept in United's end, Defoe's shot is blocked and falls nicely for Dempsey, whose shot is deflected into the side netting. Another Spurs corner but nothing comes of it.

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    James Tyler: Spurs free kick, wide left and deep in midfield. Bale's delivery is good, finding Caulker at the back post, only the header is down and cleared.

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    James Tyler: 65th minute...

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    James Tyler: Replay of Rooney's "penalty." Caulker nudges Master Wayne's boot. Negligible.

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    [Comment from Josh A]
    Maybe that note is an offer letter for Rooney? The window's getting tight, AVB can't lose time!

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    James Tyler: SUB, SPURS: Kyle Naughton off, Benoit Assou-Ekotto on. The note has been jettisoned, by the way. Presume it read "JUST RUN ABOUT" and "SCORE A GOAL."

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    James Tyler: I think he merits inclusion. Really pulls the strings well for United in deep midfield.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Surely there's a place for Carrick on the national team? He's been playing extremely well this season.

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    James Tyler: Rooney's first act is a bit of a tumble inside the area. Innocuous to say the least.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    That note says "Do you like me?" and has boxes to check for Yes, No, and Maybe

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    James Tyler: Or maybe AVB's intricate instructions are too much for BAE to remember.

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    James Tyler: Assou-Ekotto has a note to take onto the field. I bet Sir Alex Ferguson has a grump about this.

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    James Tyler: SUB, MAN UNITED: Shinji Kagawa off, Wayne Rooney on. Weird game for Kagawa, that. Did a lot on defense, none of it particularly brilliant. Not his best day.

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for Spurs: Bale's cross was dangerous for once, zipped with pace into the six yard box. Only problem is it was too good for Defoe or Dempsey at the far post, neither of whom could get there.

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    James Tyler: Has been particularly useless today. Runs well, tons of tricks but no final ball.

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    [Comment from Frozen_North]
    Lennon = all movement, no substance.

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    James Tyler: He is indeed playing a fine game today.

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    [Comment from unitedUnited]
    Is it just me, or is Carrick playing some of the best defense on the field?

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    James Tyler: Patrice Evra's pelted on the leg by a few snowballs from the fans. That's fun.

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    James Tyler: Wayne Rooney's also preparing to play in this one.

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    James Tyler: Benoit Assou-Ekotto's taking off his licensed, branded Tottenham Hotspur FC warm-up gear.

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    James Tyler: Bale has a meander infield from the left flank. Ball's worked across to Lennon. His industrious scamper ends in a cross that seemed to be blocked out for a corner off Carrick, only the assistant gives a United goal kick.

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    James Tyler: A foul called in Gareth Bale's favor. Free kick, Spurs, wide left and just inside the United half. Bale hoofs it into the mixer but it's cleared. Walker's follow-up cross is woeful. Welbeck clears. Reset.

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    [Comment from M]
    Game seems to have hit a rough patch. I'm sacrificing sleep on a Sunday morning for this.

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    James Tyler: The hive mind hath decreed: don't ever take a dive. Ever. Not ever. Never, even. Just don't. Stop it. Stand up. What are you doing down there? I didn't even touch you. Seriously, that's enough.

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    [Comment from AmericanCOYS]
    Dempsey should have buried it. I hate people taking dives

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Yeah. No diving.

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    James Tyler: Not going to get it like that, as Michael Dawson's rakish crossfield pass intended for Bale whizzes out for a throw-in.

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    James Tyler: 35 minutes to go. Spurs need a goal.

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    James Tyler: Nick, I'm sure you're not alone there. The pair exude a certain degree of calm and composure. That said, if you run two quick strikers at them as LFC did in the last half-hour a week ago, they are liable and shaky.

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    [Comment from Nick]
    is it me or is it finally nice to see rio and vidic on the back line togeather again

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    [Comment from Guest]
    @cityfan..what Dempsey should have done is score

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    [Comment from Brandon COYS]
    Absolutely not. As a spurs fan I would never stand for Tottenham players diving. I'm already mad enough at Bale.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    Bias alert! Foy in a United shirt photoshop coming up!

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    James Tyler: Defoe and Rio Ferdinand tussle, Defoe pulls up and asks for a free kick, Ferdinand carries on with the game.

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    James Tyler: No no no no.

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    [Comment from cityfan]
    I'm sorry but Dempsey should have taken a dive there. Evra fouled him and if Dempsey goes down, it's a PK and a red for Evra. Lord knows United has players that have no problem hitting the deck under similar circumstances.

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    James Tyler: Curious, that. Looked like Kagawa had eventually forced him to the turf.

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    James Tyler: Parker goes down on the edge of the box, ref Chris Foy gives the free kick to Man United.

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    James Tyler: Bale having much more of an influence on the left flank. That's been the key.

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    James Tyler: Better start to the second half from Spurs, in that they're actually getting into the penalty area.

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    [Comment from unitedUnited]
    De Gea showing his strengths as a shot stopper. Dempsy should have hit it at De Gea's hands

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    James Tyler: Welbeck gets free again down the left following Dawson's decision not to foul the forward. Kagawa shoots wide from Welbeck's square pass.

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    James Tyler: Well then.

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    James Tyler: Lovely winding dribble by Dembele, slots it centrally for Dempsey to shoot from 15 yards. De Gea blocks it out for a corner with his legs from close-range.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! And how did Clint Dempsey not bury that!

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    James Tyler: There is that element, yes. Pep could sense Mourinho watching his next move.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    By moving to Bayern, Pep also firmly avoids having to face Mourinho except in UCL. Can't see BVB getting rid of Klopp even if that opportunity came up.

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    James Tyler: Hotspur FC was the original name of THFC. Reportedly linked to Harry Hotspur. No-one much worries these days.

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    James Tyler: Bale has an audacious shot following Dempsey'd lay-off. Outside of his left foot, it curls wide of the bar.

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    James Tyler: Name of a few British naval ships, name of a WW2 glider.

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    James Tyler: Nickname of Sir Henry Percy. A character in Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1.

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    [Comment from ez]
    what is a hotspur?

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    James Tyler: United respond immediately. Slick move by RvP and Evra down the left. Cut-back cross finds Kagawa, who passes for Welbeck to shoot. Good close-down defense to block Welbeck's shot.

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    [Comment from cityfan]
    Come on, you SPURS!! (from a completely unbiased perspective, of course)

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! Defoe free of Vidic on the right side of the box, shoots narrowly wide of De Gea's near post. Couldn't get enough weight behind the shot to pull it on target.

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    James Tyler: Right, second half time.

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    James Tyler: Arguably, one might say the same about Villas-Boas since he left Porto.

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    James Tyler: That is the burning question, I reckon. Now that Pep is free & clear of that optimal system, can he replicate?

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    [Comment from M]
    We finally get to find out if Pep is a byproduct of the Barca system or one of the key cogs behind its run.

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    James Tyler: How you mock... those games are the ones that yield 5-4 results.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Mali-Niger. The can't miss fixture of the Africa Cup of Nations!

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    James Tyler: Pep is a guy whose project you respect, incubate, watch with patience.

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    James Tyler: Will think long and hard, maybe. But consider the managers that have met an ignominious end at Bayern.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    JT, Bayern isn't exactly that accommodating. Sure, they'll give you time, they'll back you, they'll let you have your freedom but if they don't get their way they will fire you. I guarantee you that if Pep is in 3rd place 7-8 points off the pace, out of the UCL in the QF that Bayern will think long and hard about sacking him.

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    James Tyler: Cheers, Pete. Mali-Niger kicks off at 1pm on ESPN3 if you like that sort of thing.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    Ghana-DR Congo finished 2-2 btw. A well balanced Africa cup so far, all draws.

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    James Tyler: Nothing. Thankfully.

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    [Comment from Alan]
    What's new on the lfc-sneijder situation?

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    James Tyler: Erroneous. Arsenal won't spend for him.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    What you just said is exactly why Pep would have fit well at Arsenal.

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    James Tyler: I actually do. January is traditionally poor value in the market, the domain of desperate teams who generally overspend. Plus City has to shift some players and their big contracts out before it can haul in more stars. Expect them to muddle through and resume quest for world domination in the summer.

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    [Comment from cityfan]
    JT, ManCity is saying they aren't going to make big signings. You believe them or are they bluffing?

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    James Tyler: I think you've been punk'd there.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    Per Dan Mason on twitter: "Spurs' legal team demanding another pitch inspection. Will launch claim for £40m damages if second half goes ahead."

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    James Tyler: Alarming, right?

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    What has happened to Stoke's defense lately?

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    James Tyler: What?

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    [Comment from Danny]
    James, hearing the Spurs legal team wants another pitch inspection. If the game is called off, does it stand 1-0 to United?

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    James Tyler: Not sure. Rumor mill is rather dull at the moment. Thomas Ince move has hit a snag on transfer fee. Does that count as anything notable?

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    [Comment from kharon]
    JT, what is going on in our pursuits of transfers? (LFC)

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    James Tyler: If I'm Pep, I pick a team where I'll get lots of freedom to do things and don't have a lot of work to do. Also a club where the owners are accommodating, receptive to my vision and aren't likely to fire me if I draw three games in a row.

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    "Toxicity at Chelsea." Understatement of the Prem season, and quite possibly all of Abramovich's reign.

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    [Comment from Wu]
    No one wants to deal with the English press

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    [Comment from Orr]
    He went to the Bundesliga precisely because he knew we would ignore him

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    James Tyler: Amazing defense? You mean the one that had no Pique or Puyol for long periods last season? Had to rely on Alex Song as a converted CB? I don't like all the revisionism floating about. Just because Valdes wants a fresh challenge, he's now suddenly awful/terrible/easy to replace.

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    [Comment from Brandon COYS]
    Valdes isn't even that great of a keeper, he just has an amazing defense in front of him at Barca.

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    James Tyler: Can have some fun there in a competitive, well-balanced league with a good XI and strong youth set-up. Leaves his career unblemished for an eventual date at Old Trafford. I think.

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    James Tyler: He chose wisely. Bayern and Barca have many of the same ideals and I think Pep saw the potential toxicity of Man City or Chelsea.

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    [Comment from Christian]
    We have gone a full 45 plus pregame without once mentioning Guardiola's move! Thoughts?

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    James Tyler: Alright, enough goalie talk for now. Think we can agree that David De Gea is United's No. 1 until he suddenly isn't any more.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Barcelona reportedly have their eye on Italy U21 Mattia Perin, most saves in Serie A so far this year

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    James Tyler: Disagree. Nothing wrong with seeking a new challenge. He's won everything there is to win at Barca. Now he wants to try a new league, a new team.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    If I'm Valdes, leaving Barca is stupid. He has grown his reputation b/c he simply fits THEIR style. Good with his feet, a solid shot stopper, who does his job. When he is called upon at a different club to claim crosses, be assertive, make more saves, he will struggle and everyone will forget about him.

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    James Tyler: That would be a surprise, as I expect he's going to take over from Cech eventually.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Supposedly they're looking at Thibaut Courtois, the Chelsea keeper currently on loan at Atletico Madrid.

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    James Tyler: It got better as time went on, but a rudimentary RvP goal separates the two sides. De Gea's save from Bale's volley the only other thing of note.

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Spurs 0, Man United 1.

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    James Tyler: Alarming that he was chased down by Michael Carrick, of all people.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Dempsey looked like he was slogging through a swamp there.

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    James Tyler: Not sure yet. Tito Vilanova has time...

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    [Comment from M]
    Speaking of keepers, who's your guess for the next one at Barca?

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    James Tyler: Spurs have a break to end the half. Dempsey's run is well-tracked by Carrick and the midfielder blocks the eventual cross out for a corner.

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    James Tyler: 2 mins of added time to "play"

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    James Tyler: A firm outswinger from RvP but Matthew Dawson's equal to it.

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    James Tyler: Into first-half stoppage time. Another corner for United, this time off Scott Parker.

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    James Tyler: Wait -- you'd rather have Pepe Reina at United?

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    [Comment from Pete]
    Who mocks De Gea? Not me. Top keeper. (Though Begovic/Reina/Vorm would be nice to have ...)

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    James Tyler: Yeah, he loved Massimo Taibi. In all seriousness, Fergie really enjoyed Van Der Sar.

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    [Comment from jimsakeeper]
    Has Sir Alex liked any of his keepers since Schmeichel?

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    James Tyler: Free kick is floated in but eludes everyone. Goal kick.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, MAN UNITED -- Lennon, who's been Spurs' best player so far, has another assertive run down the right flank. Evra upends the winger and is rightly booked.

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    James Tyler: Welbeck streams down the left flank and into the box but he can't complete a cross. Kyle Walker tidies up.

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    James Tyler: You buy a guy like that with a view of keeping them for many years, molding them, developing them, enhancing them. Would be a real indictment against De Gea to sell him within a year or two. Especially as he's improved over time.

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Will De Gea ever be the keeper SAF envisioned when he purchased him? He's still young. Thoughts?

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    James Tyler: It's quite wonderful to listen to.

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    [Comment from de Selby]
    David Pleat struggling mightily with pronouncing "Kagawa". So far has called him "Ka-gu-a-wa" and "Ka-guy-a".

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    [Comment from CJ]
    Maybe after Bale leaves Tottenham there shall be more room for Dempsey and others to fight for

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    James Tyler: As much as we mock the young Spaniard, that was a sharp save. Hit with power and took a slight deflection en route to goal. Saved it with his outstretched foot.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    Wow, great save by De Gea through traffic!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! Half-clearance falls nicely for Bale on the edge of the box... he lashes it goalward on the volley but De Gea blocks well on the line. Follow-up shot is also blocked in the box.

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    James Tyler: Bale's back post delivery is decent but too high for Steven Caulkter. Spurs keep it in on the right flank, Lennon's cross is just missed by Dempsey.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Not really a place. In a 4-3-3 he can't play deeper, and Spurs have established, quicker wingers. Sure he can play up top but Defoe is in form. Not really a truly place for him.

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    James Tyler: Bale to lump it in from distance. Wide left..

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    James Tyler: Foul called by Foy in Spurs' favor. Kagawa being a little over-aggressive once again.

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    James Tyler: Considering he's in charge of the stage on which these well-paid sulks perform, I say he's worth a bit of extra stitching.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    The Spurs groundskeeper gets his initials on his jacket?

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    James Tyler: RvP's offside.

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    James Tyler: Same issue for Sigurdsson, I feel. AVB has two great multi-purpose attacking mids but no sense of how to work them in.

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    James Tyler: Many felt Dempsey at Tottenham was a good fit. Hasn't quite panned out that way so far. Feel like his natural utility has made it hard to figure out his place in this side. Established wingers and strikers leave him little room. Not to mention the midfield quality of Dembele, Sandro.

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    James Tyler: Up the other end, Kyle Walker does well to separate Danny Welbeck from the ball inside the box.

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    James Tyler: Defoe falls in the box despite Clint Dempsey's pass going nowhere near his striker's off-the-ball run.

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Dempsey out of his depth so far

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    James Tyler: Sadly, this next comment is right-on... at least so far in this game...

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    [Comment from John]
    That's funny cuz I remember Raul scoring goals in his 30s

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    James Tyler: Great player. Someone that United needed to orchestrate in midfield.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    what do you think of Kagawa, JT?

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    James Tyler: 34 minutes gone. Ironic cheer from the White Hart Lane crowd as Chris Foy spots Phil Jones' neanderthal shoulder barge in midfield.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    take torres' age and subtract 3 years

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Whatever age Darren Bent is

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    [Comment from jimsakeeper]
    How old is Neymar? That age.

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    James Tyler: #Analysis

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    James Tyler: Key for RvP this season has been staying fit and also having an absurd amount of talent setting him up.

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    James Tyler: I don't think there is a "prime" age. Form is elusive and cyclical, can come at any point in a career, really.

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    [Comment from Amanda]
    What would you consider prime age for a striker? Obviously no injuries have helped RvP, but do you think that his age and maturity has helped him even more?

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    James Tyler: Corner's taken short. When the cross eventually does come in from RvP, it's over the bar.

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    James Tyler: United with a quick break. Evra's cross is bundled out by Dawson for a corner. Up the other end, Shinji Kagawa pulls a WWE job on Mousa Dembele, one that Chris Foy doesn't call.

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    James Tyler: Not happening.

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    [Comment from Ralph]
    What do you think about Chelsea's slim chances of winning premier league?

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    James Tyler: Goal looks worse on replay. Cleverley wide open to make the cross. Lloris frozen to the spot with far too much of his near post open. Alas.

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    James Tyler: Take a wild guess.

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    [Comment from Juan doe]
    Sup JT? Just got back from church, who scored?

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, SPURS: Michael Dawson takes Evra out in midfield. Not a call one can complain about.

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    James Tyler: Patrice Evra's hurt.

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    James Tyler: 29 minutes of dull punctuated by a simple-to-the-point-of-looking-like-a-training-ground-move goal.

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    James Tyler: So, game should open up a touch now.

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    [Comment from jimsakeeper]
    Friedel would have stopped that. You'd think Lloris would pay extra attention to RvP's whereabouts.

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    [Comment from Jake]
    Answers: 1) He didn't get over far enough. 2) Have you looked at our CB combo? No Vertonghen is a killer. 3) He plays defense?

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    James Tyler: Might be why Ferguson chose a more functional XI today...

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    [Comment from harry]
    this snow is terrible for tottenham. ruins bale's and lennon's pace.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    Question for AVB: WHERE'S OLD MAN FRIEDEL?!

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    [Comment from Ukcoach]
    Anxiety 0 1 Despair

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    James Tyler: Can Spurs respond? They've got a corner, but RvP nods Walker's set piece away.

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    James Tyler: Questions for Andre Villas-Boas:
    1. How does Lloris not cover his near post on that header?
    2. Where was the marking on RvP?
    3. Kyle Walker?

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    [Comment from sir alexs gum]
    thank god

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    [Comment from AVB]
    THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE

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    [Comment from Danny]
    VAN PERSIE STRIKES AGAIN.

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    [Comment from de Selby]
    So easy. Ridiculous.

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    James Tyler: Perfect cross from Cleverley following a fine bustling run by Welbeck across the field. Van Persie meets it at the far post and heads it powerfully past Lloris.

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    James Tyler: GOAL, MAN UNITED

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    James Tyler: Also, Tom Cleverley.

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    James Tyler: No, we're not. I couldn't disagree more. (Clutches Jack Wilshere action figure)

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    [Comment from Freddy]
    Are we seeing a trend where all English players are seen to be defensive midfielders, with foreigners being preferred for creativity.

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    James Tyler: I feel bad for the wad of gum in Sir Alex Ferguson's mouth at present. Probably getting tortured.

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    James Tyler: 24 th minute. Aaron Lennon has a scamper down the right wing. He's blocked from getting into the box but Spurs still controlling the ball.

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    James Tyler: The hive mind works.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    I was gonna say Arsenal too!

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    James Tyler: Yes -- Arsenal.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    anybody have a good joke?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Cries of BIAS and "4th place is a trophy" are two other examples of our hive-minded nature.

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    James Tyler: Yes!

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    King of Hearts!

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    [Comment from Kenny from Massachusetts]
    Cold? The internet tells me if is 0 degrees Celsius in London this afternoon. Toughen up, you Englishmen

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    James Tyler: Free kick dings off Carrick and out for a corner.

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, MAN UNITED -- Michael Carrick enlivens the sleepy game with an agricultural foul, is booked for his effort.

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    James Tyler: Earn was meant in that sarcastic fashion, yes.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    "Earn" the foul, you say? Welbeck didn't touch him.

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    James Tyler: I bet if I held up a playing card right now, you could all guess what was on it.

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    James Tyler: Published simply because of the hive-mind nature that the Boot Room has grown over time.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    19 minutes of my life i will never get back

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    [Comment from Orr]
    19 minutes we'll never get back

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    James Tyler: Chance for Man United to break with pace up the right as advantage is played. Yet Danny Welbeck knocks the ball too far in front of his run, allowing Scott Parker to step in, control the ball and earn the foul.

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    James Tyler: 19 minutes gone, folks.

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    James Tyler: RvP is offside from a long ball over the top. That happened.

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    James Tyler: Must insulate their tattoo sleeves, I'd expect.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    I always get to hot in long sleeves no matter how cold it is. Not sure how the pros manage.

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    James Tyler: Long ball down the left flank is there for Defoe to chase. Rio Ferdinand takes an eternity to finally clear it. Concedes a throw-in.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    I wish Sir Alex would wear a Russian style, bear-skin hat while sitting on the sideline.

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    James Tyler: He's rattled a bit, but seems fine. That's the most interesting thing we've seen so far. Spurs with much more of the territory and chances early on. United's midfield purely conceptual at this point.

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    James Tyler: Now, Vidic has taken a shot to the head from Jermain Defoe.

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    James Tyler: Always play in short sleeves no matter the weather. That's the rule. An unofficial one, admittedly.

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    [Comment from jimsakeeper]
    Notice Vidic one of the few in short sleeves. Must be a balmy day for the Serbian. And he didn't flinch when blocking Dempsey's volley, even though the resulting rebound traveled 40 yards.

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    James Tyler: Ref Chris Foy allowing a fair few heavy tackles early on. He seems determined to leave any disruptions to the weather.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    scouting report on de gea hasn't changed...shoot at him, let him spill it

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    James Tyler: Chance for Spurs! Lovely scuttling run infield by Lennon. He's not tackled, shoots from 25 yards out. De Gea parries it to Defoe but the striker's offside.

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    James Tyler: Chance for United: Phil Jones floats a lovely ball over the top for Robin van Persie, who was ahead of his marker, but the Dutchman can't get enough purchase on his header and it's right at Hugo Lloris. Simple save.

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    James Tyler: Mputu has scored for Congo. Ghana's lead cut to 2-1.

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    James Tyler: Hello, Scott Parker! Good run up the left channel isn't stopped. He tries to slot a pass through for Dempsey but it's blocked back to him. Some 30 yards out, he tries to wrap his foot around a speculative shot instead of playing it wide for Defoe to have a try.

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    [Comment from wayne rooney]
    this is boring

  •  

    James Tyler: Not sure he really wanted to. Not many enjoy playing for Steve Bruce.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Never understood why Gyan didn't make it at Sunderland.

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    James Tyler: Indeed, Johnny, but Jan Vertonghen on the bench? Not such a bad plan B.

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    [Comment from Johnny]
    Dawson looks like he's limping a bit. That's worrying.

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    [Comment from Josh]
    Definitely a feeling out start to the game

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    James Tyler: Aaron Lennon gets clipped by Patrice Evra, wide right. Kyle Walker smacks the set piece into the box but Vidic executes the clearing header. Jones is then fouled in midfield.

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    James Tyler: Lennon has a cross blocked out for a throw-in. Nothing comes of it. Vidic thumps it clear.

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    James Tyler: Asamoah Gyan has given Ghana a 2-0 lead..

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    James Tyler: Can't comment much on the action thus far as there simply hasn't been a lot of it.

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    James Tyler: Fantastic.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    he's a footballer by trade

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    James Tyler: That said, the formation is by no means fixed. Fluid movement last week by Kagawa, Cleverley bamboozled Liverpool's marking scheme. Kagawa able to drift and roam as he pleased. Welbeck did too. Hence we shouldn't get so hung up on a minute-by-minute formation.

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    James Tyler: He is a CAM by trade. One senses Ferguson still figuring it out.

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    [Comment from Steven]
    Kagawa as a winger is an interesting role.

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    James Tyler: Well then. There's our answer.

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    [Comment from de Selby]
    David Pleat has just declared that the weather conditions have absolutely no effect on the game at all.

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    James Tyler: Kagawa and Welbeck playing off RvP...

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    James Tyler: United actually appear to look like a 4-3-3.

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    James Tyler: To be fair, can't have an under-armor AND a personalized t-shirt with your goalscoring message. Doesn't work.

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    [Comment from Jim from Reno]
    These football players are tougher than I thought. No under-armour shirts beneath the jerseys.

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    James Tyler: Pitch actually looks rather nice. Bit chewed up but lush enough.

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    James Tyler: Not much to speak of yet in this one. Three minutes pass without incident.

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    James Tyler: Four point gap is still a decent wedge, Guest. But agree that United can't afford any slips. Psychologically, they get to see City play this weekend before their own game. Helps a bit playing second.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    United can't really afford a loss today because city will get right back in the title race

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    James Tyler: Outlawed?

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    [Comment from Orr]
    Where are the snoods?

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    James Tyler: Not seeing many gloved players yet.

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    James Tyler: We're off and such! Game on!

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    James Tyler: It will slow everyone a bit. Time will tell as game goes on.

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    [Comment from Isaac]
    Think the snow will slow down Bale/Lennon?

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    [Comment from HKS]
    plenty of hair on spurs bench

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    James Tyler: Nice to see we all still have faith in the state of the game.

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    [Comment from Jason]
    Will United win away at a "big club" by controversial calls a La Liverpool, Chelsea? I think so.

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    James Tyler: Right, almost ready for this one.

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    James Tyler: It's a reductive plan, but one that makes sense away from home.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    Jones to nullify Dembele, who tore United apart earlier this season.

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    James Tyler: 23 years ago.

  •  

    [Comment from Brandon COYS]
    Would anybody by any chance know when the last time Spurs did the double over Man United?

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    James Tyler: We'll have to wait and see. Could see Jones in CDM with Carrick, Cleverley-Kagawa wider mids.

  •  

    [Comment from Jake]
    How does United line up tactically? Jones in a wide Bertrand-style role in a 4-2-3-1 with Carrick and Cleverley in mid?

  •  

    James Tyler: Added grist in front of the back four?

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    [Comment from why phil jones?]
    Why Phil Jones?

  •  

    [Comment from Wu]
    Harry Kane played as a striker in our first game of the year but hes on loan at Norwich now.

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    James Tyler: Also a good one. Harks to the pre-War leagues. Snodgrass, Fotheringham, Ponsonby-Smythe.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I'm partial to Snodgrass at Norwich for best name in football.

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    James Tyler: @JamesTylerESPN

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    [Comment from Kyle]
    JT, time to follow you on the Twitter, what is your handle again?

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    I think Spurs will take the first half, United the second. Spurs pace hurts United early, but being able to call on Rooney, Chicharito, etc. means United get back into the game. I say 2-2.

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    James Tyler: Not sure if Milan would, to be honest. Have made cost-cutting measures in recent seasons to prepare for life under FFP. Would surely rattle those structures to bring in Super Mario. That said, he'd be wonderful there.

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff]
    Thoughts on a possible Balotelli move? The reported price tag this morning was mind-blowing. Would AC Milan pay it?

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    James Tyler: Always advisable in poor weather conditions. Force a slip, a skid off the turf, unpredictable bounce.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    Expect lots of shots from range for Spurs, as De Gea is dodgy...

  •  

    James Tyler: Best name in footy, that.

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    James Tyler: What about Iago Falque?

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    [Comment from Josh]
    That's because we really only have 2 strikers, and one is in Africa.

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    James Tyler: Worse visibility allowing for goalie howlers also.

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    James Tyler: Yeah, why not. Crazy weather often yields crazy results. Defenders falling over, etc.

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    [Comment from BilalLFC]
    With the state of the pitch JT, are you still sticking to your 4-3 prediction?

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    James Tyler: He's not a puzzle piece, but the table you build the puzzle on. Would be a poor fit and bad use of money. At least for Liverpool.

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    James Tyler: No, Pete. Awful idea. Sneijder is a guy you build around, not a guy you slot in.

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    [Comment from Pete]
    Sneijder to Liverpool, thoughts? Stubborn about wages so far means Turkey is more likely than England. Would he even fit in?

  •  

    [Comment from Ivan]
    Spurs 4 Utd 1 #COYS

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    [Comment from Go Red Devils]
    Disappointing we won't have Ashley Young against Gareth Bale - clash of Olympic quality divers!

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    James Tyler: United, meanwhile, can call upon a wild-card winger, Rooney and Chicharito.

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    James Tyler: Notice anything odd? Spurs with little in the way of attacking options. Townsend a left-sided mid and Gylfi able to maraud in CAM or wide but no striker help.

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    James Tyler: MUFC: Lindegaard, Smalling, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Rooney, Hernandez.

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    James Tyler: THFC: Friedel, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend.

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    James Tyler: SUBS for both teams...

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    James Tyler: Surely not.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Am I the only one thinking it might be 1-1 simply because of the weather?

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    [Comment from Guest]
    United to win it by 3 goals to 2

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    [Comment from mexicajun]
    Spurs have being all the confidence. Being at home and against a team they already beat. #COYS

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    James Tyler: It's all about tempering the Bale/Lennon effect. Though both may be slowed by the pitch.

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    James Tyler: I think they want a midfield battle, for sure. Kagawa does have a free reign to drift in or out of central areas. Cleverley can also open things up.

  •  

    [Comment from Cale]
    Interesting no Valencia for Utd. Thinking they'd fight Spurs width/pace with some of their own. Maybe hoping to draw Spurs into a congested middle of the pitch?

  •  

    [Comment from Raza_88]
    First time in the season that I'm rooting for RVP to score goals for Utd *sad times*

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    [Comment from Ukcoach]
    My forecast is heaps of anxiety. #COYS

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    James Tyler: I'm picking United too. Not sure why. They just make a habit of it, sadly.

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    [Comment from John]
    Spurs 1 - United 2 is my forecast.

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    James Tyler: 219 minutes of footy and the first goal. Agyemang-Badu gives Ghana a 1-0 lead over Congo.

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    James Tyler: A goal at the Africa Cup of Nations!

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    James Tyler: Not sure either side has a clear advantage in the snow. Fitness will be biggest x-factor. The ability to lug those heavy, wet legs around. Like a Tough Mudder for 90 minutes.

  •  

    [Comment from Elipkin]
    Who benefits most from the snow?

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    [Comment from tobbyken]
    It's a revenge mission at the white hart lane today. Utd 2, tot 1

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    First pint of Stella is poured. Kickoff can't come soon enough!

  •  

    James Tyler: Damp, to say the least. Ground covering of snow has been shoveled off. Precipitation still falling.

  •  

    [Comment from mexicajun]
    So JT how's the pitch conditions at the WHL?

  •  

    James Tyler: Slimmer than slim, Daniel.

  •  

    [Comment from Daniel]
    Thoughts on Liverpool's chances of a top 4 finish?

  •  

    [Comment from Jeff]
    AVB is definitely going for it with this line-up for Spurs. Dempsey deserved a start anyhow, even if Adebayor decided not to go to ANC. The American in great form.

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    [Comment from Evan]
    Glad to have Parker back, just in time for Sandro to have a season ending injury..

  •  

    James Tyler: It is an odd call. Naughton's been deputizing a lot at LB for Spurs with Assou-Ekotto's injuries/absences.

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    [Comment from Ukcoach]
    Thoughts on caulker and naughton over vert and bae? Youth over experience?

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    James Tyler: Magical, erotic, lovely, inspiring.

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    [Comment from BilalLFC]
    Thoughts on that Sturiddge dummy/ partnership with Suarez JT?

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    James Tyler: The entire tournament is on ESPN3.com. Go to ESPNFC.com and look for the ANC Live panel in the main page. Video links are there. Ghana looking cagey so far. Congo with nearly 60% of the possession.

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    [Comment from CJ]
    I feel like the African Nation's Cup should get more tv love

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    James Tyler: It's an elite coiffure, that much is true.

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    [Comment from TwistyMaze LittlePassage]
    Quite excited to have Parker back in the line-up. Kind of hope he transfers somewhere he can get more playing time. His hair is too good to sit on the bench.

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    James Tyler: Rotation's the word you're looking for.

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    [Comment from John]
    Vertonghen dropped? Huh?

  •  

    James Tyler: Yep. Clear. Obvious. Arsenal jobbed, etc.

  •  

    [Comment from Me2]
    Come off it JT, ref was the clear MoM for Chel$ki... 2 blown calls led to 2 goals

  •  

    James Tyler: I think the use of Dempsey is more intriguing, tbh. Given a chance to own the CAM role behind Defoe. Can he do it?

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    [Comment from Jeff]
    Interesting lineup for Man U today. Not a lot of width in the starting XI. And Welbeck in the hole instead of Rooney.

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    James Tyler: United's in grand form. Of course Spurs *can* win. But one might give the edge to the league leaders.

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    [Comment from mexicajun]
    Tell me why Spurs can't win again against a team theyve already won against.

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    [Comment from Daniel]
    From one team sorely lacking an RVP, to another reaping the benefits of the top-class finisher

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    James Tyler: SPURS: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Naughton, Parker, Dembele, Lennon, Dempsey, Bale, Defoe.

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    James Tyler: MAN UNITED: De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Carrick, P. Jones, Cleverley, Kagawa, Van Persie, Welbeck.

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    James Tyler: Lineups? Lineups.

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    [Comment from Wu]
    JT I'M TERRIFIED OF UNITED HALP

  •  

    James Tyler: It's also a colossal excuse, but there you go. Penalty did appear harsh but the Gunners did little in that first half that made you believe they could turn it around.

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    James Tyler: Well, it was precipitating, hardly ideal conditions for a pass-it-on-the-carpet style.

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    [Comment from Ryan]
    So Wenger will blame conditions today for the loss, not a complete lack of fitness and playing cohesively.

  •  

    James Tyler: Conspiracy theory about my involvement, Kharon?

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    [Comment from kharon]
    as a liverpool fan you dont belong on a man. utd game JT. and ofc we will have controversy SAF is in

  •  

    James Tyler: Me too. But let's save that for another time.

  •  

    [Comment from HKS]
    Hi JT. I'm still buzzing over LFC 5 goals

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar]
    Let's do it boys!

  •  

    James Tyler: It's been that long, folks. But AVB did the business at Old Trafford earlier this season. Anything's possible.

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    James Tyler: Last time Spurs did the double vs. United, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker led the charge.

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COMPLETE TEAM CLOSE X
Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25(8)

  • 19

  • 8

  • 51%

    49%

  • Manchester United

  • 5(2)

  • 16

  • 14

Manchester United

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 David De Gea

D

2 Rafael

D

3 Patrice Evra

D

5 Rio Ferdinand

D

16 Michael Carrick

M

4 Phil Jones

M

15 Nemanja Vidic

M

19 Danny Welbeck

M

26 Shinji Kagawa
F
10 Wayne Rooney

F

20 Robin Van Persie

F

23 Tom Cleverley
M
7 Antonio Valencia
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 13 Anders Lindegaard
D 12 Chris Smalling
M 7 Antonio Valencia
M 8 Anderson
M 11 Ryan Giggs
F 10 Wayne Rooney
F 14 Javier Hernández

Match Stats

  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Manchester United
25(8) Shots (on goal) 5(2)
8 Fouls 14
9 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 7
51% Time of Possession 49%
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
1 Saves 7