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Clash of the Rivals – United, City, Arsenal and Spurs

It’s not too often you’ll hear me urging City up the field, scolding them rather than laughing when they screw up, but today they are taking on Arsenal at the council house. After going 2-0 down, it looked as though it was game over and I was just about to switch off, but we were handed a lifeline. Clichy, who the Arsenal fans will tell you is the best left back in the league, hesitated and lost the ball, gifting City a goal.

An away trip to City could potentially be a blip for Arsenal, considering the great home record the blues boast this season. With 45 minutes played, City haven’t shone in attack or defence, their midfield is non-existent, but fortunately, they are playing against an Arsenal team who don’t really look up for it. They are not playing with much urgency or desire, meaning there is always the opportunity for City to pinch an equalising goal. I won’t be holding my breath though.

Of course, United can only really focus on their own match and concentrate on getting their job done, and it is Arsenal’s London rivals who we will face at 3pm. It is the Arsenal fans who will be switching places with us and cheering on their rivals, who spanked them 5-1 last week. Tottenham will not be wanting to do the Gunners any favours, but they will certainly be wanting to get one over on United, who have beaten them twice this season, both on occasions when Spurs could and should have done better.

Who’s going to be smiling come 5 o’clock, London or Manchester?

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Tom F says:

    I feel that no matter how many goals City score today, there will be one more goal scored by Arsenal.

    Spurs now look solid in defence as well as dangerous going forward, so the clash at White Hart Lane is all I am concerned about. We have only got to do our job as Arsenal do not look like letting up anytime soon.

  2. denton davey says:

    I, too, quit watching this match when Eduardo scored the second. So I was astonished to turn the game back on after I had walked the dog and to see that somehow Shitty had scored one – in the twenty minutes I watched they were over-run. Alas, when I began to watch again they were over-run again – BUT they were unlucky to have the great run by Petrov ruled offsides when he was clear of the defence and had lots of space to run around the keeper. That momentary flicker of light was soon clouded over and the Arse once again dominated play until – inevitaby – Adebayor scored his second.

    Thus, the imagined prospect of getting some help from the Council House vanished and UTD were in for a very, vey tough fight against the revamped Spurs.

    While I didn’t think that Spurs would have been value for a win – Robbie Keane’s miss was catastrophic for them – the match announcers were bending over backwards to tell us that they were controlling the game. Not so. UTD had them back on their heels and while a 94th minute equalizer is more than a bit lucky, it was a fair result for the afternoon’s battle.

    Hutton and Huddlestone and Woodgate all gave good accounts of themselves in the revamped Spurs team. Jenas played well and so did – amazingly – Dawson and also Chimbonda. Spurs showed a mettle that they have lacked before Ramos, who seems to have them on track to be a serious contender for the “third last” position usually occupied by the scousers.


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