Sunday, September 10, 2006

United edge out Spurs.....

So United beat Spurs 1-0 courtesy of another Giggs goal, it has indeed been a fine start to the season for the Welshman. Against Spurs, Giggs played up front as the second striker behind Saha. United started the game well enough and looked the better side in the early exchanges, but without creating any clear cut chances.

The only goal of the game came early in the first half when United were awarded a free kick just outside the box. Ronaldo took the free-kick and Robinson could only parry it. In fairness to the Spurs keeper, the sun was glaring right into his eyes, luckily for United Giggs was on hand to head home giving the sprawling England keeper no chance.

In between the goal and half time, United played some decent football, but gradually Spurs came back into the game and Van Der Sar had to make a double save from Dawson and King to stop Spurs from drawing level.

At one point during the second half Spurs had 68% possession of the ball, as the visitors took control of the game. United looked very disjoined with Richardson having a very poor game on the left and Ronaldo was largely ineffective.

Martin Jol, the Spurs manager, threw on Defoe and Zielger for Keane and Davids in a bid to change the game. Twenty minutes from full time Defoe missed a real sitter from six yards out after Gary Neville allowed Benoit Assou-Ekotto to cross to the unmarked Defoe, whose attempted header came off his shoulder and went wide to safety. A few minutes later Neville allowed Ziegler to cross to the unmarked Mido, but again United got out of jail.

Saha should have made the game safe late on, when he was set free, one-on-one with Robinson, but the Spurs keeper somewhat atoned for his earlier error on the goal by denying the Frenchman. If the game had finished up 2-2, no one, not even Fergie could have complained.

Verdict: United will need to improve greatly on this performance. At times, United's defending was woeful, especially in the air from set pieces. Spurs will get better, this is their worst start to a season since 1955.

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