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VIEW FROM THE ENEMY: Spurs fan on signing Rooney, losing to United and AVB

Nothing is certain but death and taxes… and not losing to Spurs. They may score from the half way line in the last minute, plain for all to see, but it won’t be given. They may be 3-0 up at half-time, but we’ll score five in the second half. They may believe they have a freekick after one of our players blatantly handballs it, but the ref will play advantage and we will score a goal regardless. Spurs fans are entitled to feel cursed when it comes to United because the most ridiculous scenarios have seen us go unbeaten against them for over ten years. The last time Spurs beat us our back five consisted of Van der Gouw, Silvestre, May, Johnsen and Irwin. Of the 22 league games we’ve had since then, we’ve won 17 of them, as well as beating them on penalties in the final of the League Cup in 2009.

Ahead of the 2012-2013, Spooky from the excellent Spurs blog, Dear Mr Levy, has shared his thoughts on the coming season.

Scott the Red: What would have to happen this season for you to class it as a successful one for your club?

Spooky: Quantify success because it tends to get confused with progression. A successful season would be winning silverware because historically that equates to something tangible. However, with football being the beast it is, we tend to embrace the aforementioned progression as something to celebrate. I’m hoping our ambitions are stronger and more focused than they were under Redknapp. Top four would be great, the return to Champions League, wonderful. But a cup would live on in memory forever.

STR: How do you feel about your club’s business in the transfer window this summer?

S: I’m a Spurs fan. Are we ever truly happy with transfer windows? We’ve done great in completing two deals very early on but the Modric saga continues to bore the life out of me and we still need two forwards to be signed. It’s imperative the excuse of ‘lack of rotation due to lack of depth’ does not find itself dancing an ironic jig of disappointment at us by Christmas. I’m going to commit to something here and state: We’ll sign everyone we need to sign. Why? Simply because if we don’t, we’ve got an up hill struggle to compete with the very top tier sides.

STR: Who do you think will be your most important player this season?

S: With King retired, I’d say Jan Vertonghen has responsibility at the back but it’s unfair to look at a brand new signing as the key man. Parker is recovering from an op and with Modric in limbo I’ll have to opt for Mr Gareth ‘will he stay on the left or roam with discipline’ Bale. Potent weapon, beastly with rampant pace, has to be used effectively. I’m hoping the shrewdness of Villas-Boas caters for unleashing Bale on opposition defences with more impact than last season. But then it’s dependent on the player upfront to put away the crosses. Can’t help but think its going to be a collective responsibility rather than an individual one.

STR: How do you rate your manager’s ability to take your club forward?

S: We all know what he achieved at Porto. We all know the naivety and politics he experienced at Chelsea. If he stays true to his word and doesn’t attempt to overhaul and simply tweak and improve the areas that need fixing – then the logic is, we’ll get better. He’s already got us working on set pieces. Where Redknapp lacked tactical astuteness and deceive changing, we have to hope VB doesn’t. It’s still important that Levy comes up trumps with signings. Not enough bullets in the gun means we might not hit the target enough.

STR: Where does Chelsea winning the Champions League rank amongst your worst moments as a Spurs fan?

S: Wouldn’t say it ranks high at all. Losing to the red scum of Woolwich is always more hurtful. I think the irony of it hurting and would have felt the same had it been any other club, was the fact we finished 4th, above a team that attempted to sign Modric the summer earlier and they basically fluked their way to the final. It was ridiculous but then Spurs tend to experience the most ridiculous of emotions. It’s why its so great supporting them. Personally think they’re going to go the same way this season. Great players but not a great team.

STR: Is this season the season you will finally beat us?

S: Why? You lot going to forfeit the match by not turning up? I hope that when we do the players shake hands and walk off the pitch and don’t dance around like we’ve picked up silverware. Let the fans go mental in the stands. Last season, the away game, no contest. At home, pretty much the same experience. Plenty of running around and a masterclass in mugging by Utd. Have to be honest, I’m far more confident these days than I was say four years ago. Cheeky 1-0 win at the Lane will do me.

STR: Which United player would you most want in your squad?

Probably Rooney. We need a forward or two. Berbatov? Nah, no thanks. As classy a player he is, he burnt those bridges to ashes. Hernandez could do a job. Nani could warm our bench. Seriously though, has to be Rooney. When he’s on form he’s a powerful bully of a player. I’d have some of that. The alternative at the minute is starting Defoe.

STR: Who do you think will win the league this season?

S: Lesser of two/three evils. Man United. Because we’re all comfortable with them winning it. Chelsea, City, Arsenal…that is hardly a comforting thought. I’d love to say Spurs, but then I’ve got to work my way through a bottle of rum first. Ask me again in an hours time.

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About Scott

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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68 Comments

  1. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Kanchelskis – he’ll get a work permit based on being a special talent. Not sure if he’s ready for the first team but his goal record at that age is impressive. He’s had first team experience and again, age won’t stop FERGIE playing anyone.

    Regarding RvP, still doubt we’ll pull that off but i can’t deny that all momentum is swinging united’s way.

  2. Fred says:

    Anyway, it should be on the official site soon, Angelo posing in a red gingham shirt. Top lad.

  3. eric keane says:

    fergie is a real forward thinker. he has already signed RVP’s replacement in henriquez…

  4. kanchelskis says:

    IF these both go through, our list of strikers is ridiculous

    Rooney
    Welbeck
    RVP
    Hernandez
    Berbatov
    Macheda
    Henriquez
    Bebe

  5. Fred says:

    That’s what I was just thinking, Eric. Perfect age to take over from RVP in a few years. Fergie always thinking ten years ahead. City didn’t even plan beyond last season. That’s why they’ll get left behind. 8)

  6. Fred says:

    kanchelskis – come off it, the bottom three are “ones for the future” and the one above them doesn’t seem to be in Fergie’s plans at all. That gives us 4, just like in ’99.

  7. 911_DEVIL says:

    The VP one will not go through

  8. Fred says:

    kanchelskis – to continue the ’99 comparison, it would be like saying our pool of strikers that year was

    Yorke
    Cole
    Solskjaer
    Sheringham
    Cruyff
    Nevland
    Notman

  9. 911_DEVIL says:

    Wtf
    Is van persie really coming????

    Yeah it seems that way

    Everyone seems more than certain about that one :(

  10. kanchelskis says:

    @Fred

    Macheda and Bebe are pretty much the same age as Welbeck. Bebe’s actually older. They can’t be ‘for the future’ for ever.

  11. Fred says:

    I was trying to spare their feelings! Let’s just say those three are the kind of players who will be seeing mainly reserve team or on-loan action.

  12. eric keane says:

    fred – however RVP signing might even set the 4-4-2 in stone..
    might modify it as follows though
    DDG
    rafael rio vidic evra
    carrick
    valencia nani
    rooney kagawa
    RVP..

  13. Fred says:

    Don’t forget that although Bebe is actually older than Welbeck, he’s a “street kid” who was playing football bare-footed on broken glass and using a brick for a ball just a couple of years ago.

  14. Costas says:

    @FRO-NAM

    Take a look. Probably Scott’s most demanding interview ever:

    http://therepublikofmancunia.com/view-from-the-enemy-west-ham-fan-on-relegation-battles-having-one-song-and/

  15. Wakey says:

    @Samuel
    I wouldn’t bet on him getting a permit on a special talent clause.  Remember a certain Serbian wonderkid we signed who failed to get a work permit on the same clause THREE times.

    Chile’s ranking isn’t bad but it’s not like they are Brazil with a massive legacy of success. And he had played just 17 times in the Chilean league that’s relatively weak and hasn’t any senior caps or played in the Olympics. 

    I certainly don’t think it’s going to be cut and dry

  16. DohaRed says:

    Fred at 16.07 – “Calls to mind the image of a slimy drunken sheikh stumbling around a dancefloor trying pay anything in a skirt to come home with him.”

    That is so funny and so real mate – I live among them.

  17. FRO-NAM says:

    @costas

    Haha what a hoot of an interview, you could taste the tension in the air! I’m sure STR needed a breather after that indepth analytical assessment lol west ham tart

    Love the comment by willierednut…made me spit my tea out lol :)

    Willierednut
    August 13, 2010 – 21:36
    Stick your bubbles up your ass.

  18. TheCANTONA says:

    @Telboy822:
    Care to read the transfer league before u talked bollocks here? Spuds spent more money than Utd for last 20 years!
    And don’t compared our spending with chelshit & citeh bcoz we didn’t compare ur club with those “instant” clubs.

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