It’s another factually correct Super Sunday and the second serving has so far survived the blizzard to go ahead. Tottenham welcome Manchester United to Very White Hart Lane.
United have made themselves at home here in recent years, but Tottenham’s improvement under AVB might change that. Spurs won at Old Trafford earlier this season and they’ve decent chance of recording a double over United for the first time since the 1989/90 season.
If you’re on the go, don’t like financing the Murdoch empire by paying for Sky Sports or still think moving pictures are the work of the devil, then I’ll be hear to keep you up to date will all the happenings from White Hart Lane.
TOTTENHAM 1 – 1 MAN UTD
5.51pm: FULL TIME! Thw final whistle goes and Fergie looks like he’s just been told his finest racehorse has turned up in a Tesco burger. For a long time, it looked like being one of those typical United performances where they grind out the win without looking at all impressive, but in fairness to them, Spurs kept going and fully deserved the point.
The gap at the top is down to five points and maybe it’s not time to start engraving the trophy just yet. Well, maybe you can start engraving the ‘Manchester’ part.
5.49pm: GOAL! Tottenham have out-United United and they come up with the last second goal. Clint Dempsey is the scorer thanks to some good work from Aaron Lennon and some slightly suspect work from David De Gea.
5.46pm: Alan Smith declares that Michael Carrick is the Man of the Match. The phrase ‘midfield masterclass’ is used, rather unbelieveably.
There will be three minutes of injury time.
5.42pm: Five minutes to go. United are 1/7 to hold on for the win.
Bale has another shot that gets a deflection and this time it takes the ball around De Gea’s post. Spurs are getting closer.
5.37pm: SUB! Tom Huddlestone’s excellent hair comes on and Scott Parker’s more conservative effort is sacrificed.
Defoe has a shot form the edge of the area, but again it’s straight at De Gea.
5.36pm: BOOKING! Wayne Rooney is the latest name to go in the book. This one is for a cynical challenge on Lennon.
5.35pm: GREAT CHANCE! Jermaine Defoe is played in by Aaron Lennon, but he takes an age to get his shot away and Rio Ferdinand does brilliantly to get a block in.
5.33pm: YELLOW CARD! Rafael gets booked and the referee seems to indicate it’s for mulitple infringements.
5.30pm: SUB! Antonio Valencia comes on and Tom Cleverley is the player to be handed the warm jacket.
5.24pm: At the other end, Welbeck gets on the end of a Rafael cross, but he fails to direct his effort on target. In tribute, a Spurs fan fails to direct his snowball on Welbeck.
5.23pm: CHANCE! The ball falls to Dempsey 10 yards out to the left of the box. He hits a nice shot, but De Gea saves it as his near post. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
5.21pm: SUB! Assou-Ekotto comes on for Spurs. Naughton goes off.
5.19pm: SUB! Wayne Rooney makes his return and Kagawa makes way. It doesn’t take long for him to get back into the swing of things as within seconds he’s swearing at a match official for not giving him a penalty.
5.17pm: Spurs fans are throwing powdery snowballs at Patrice Evra. I wonder what Fergie will say about that. That’s got to be at least as dangerous as getting a football in the head.
5.15pm: The ref finally gives Spurs a free-kick and the fans cheer with irony. In response, the ref should cheer with irony whenever Spurs get a shot on target.
5.11pm: Spurs appeal for a penalty as Scott Parker collapses, but the referee turns it down and gives the free kick against them for Parker handling the ball in the course of his theatrical fall.
5.07pm: GREAT SAVE! Dempsey barrells his way through the middle of the United defence, but from about seven yards out, his shot is too close to De Gea who extends a leg to get it around the post.
5.06pm: Spurs apply some pressure. It ends up in Gareth Bale thinking he’s Ronaldinho, but his outside of the boot effort floats over De Gea’s crossbar.
5.02pm: United start the second half. No changes reported. Spurs begin energetically and Jermain Defoe puts a difficult chance wide from the edge of the box.
4.59pm: After a half-time cuppa and spell in the furnance, the players return to the pitch for the second half:
4.54pm: Jamie Redknapp explains that Kyle Walker got ‘disorientated’ for the United goal. It’s like being ‘disoriented’ only worse.
4.47pm: HALF TIME! Pretty poor stuff so far, but considering the conditions, maybe that’s understandable. Tottenham look vulnerable to United’s counter-attacks and Villas-Boas will need to warm himself up and inspire something better in the second half. United are 4/9 to claim all three points.
4.43pm: YELLOW CARD! Patrice Evra gets booked for a dirty little tackle on Aaron Lennon. Very cynical and very clinical in its execution as Spurs threatened to put together an attack they would surely later mess up.
4.40pm: SAVE! Gareth Bale hits a shot from the edge of the penalty area, but David de Gea gets his legs in the way to keep out the slightly deflected shot. It’s Tottenham’s best chance of the half, which is a reflection of Spurs’ struggles rather than an endorsement of the quality of the chance.
4.35pm: The Spurs fans have an optimistic penalty appeal when Defoe goes down in the box under pressure from Michael Carrick. It wasn’t really a penalty.
4.31pm: Kagawa wrestles Dembele to the ground, but after watching the Heineken Cup for most of the weekend, Chris Foy decides it’s not a foul. Spurs end up with a 22 drop out.
4.29pm: BOOKING! The ref plays an advantage, but when it turns out there’s no advantage he goes back to book Michael Dawson for a strong tackle on Evra.
4.27pm: Defoe has a snapshot that nearly catches De Gea out at his near post.
4.24pm: GOAL! It’s RVP and it’s a lovely team move from United. They work the ball forward and the Dutchman gets a head to a cross that the Spurs defenders just stood there admiring.
4.21pm: BOOKING! Michael Carrick gets yellowed for a poor tackle on a Spurs player who I didn’t recognise.
4.20pm: I can assure you that this game has gone ahead, despite some evidence to the contrary.
4.15pm: The replay shows us that Defoe was actually onside for that rebound. It also shows us he still missed.
4.13pm: This is more like it at Very White Hart Lane. Lennon has a shot and David de Gea saves low to his left. The rebound falls to Defoe, a la Daniel Sturridge last week, but the flag goes up.
4.12pm: Half a chance for RVP. Lloris holds on to his not very threatening header.
4.10pm: Scott Parker has a shot from distance. It’s not very good, but I have nothing else to talk about.
4.08pm: Patrice Evra fouls Aaron Lennon, possibly just because he wanted something to happen. United clear the free-kick.
4.03pm: It’s been a slow start to the game as both sets of players slowly defrost.
4pm: After some shivering on the bench from AVB, Spurs kick off.
3.54pm: Sir Alex seems happy that the game is going ahead, but he’s not overly confident about it finishing. ‘The referee was right to start it’ he says, giving the impression he’s not sure we’ll get the full 98 minutes in today.
3.41pm: RVP is on Sky Sports in a pre-recorded interview, although you might be mistaken for thinking it’s a teeth whitening commercial.
3.38pm: Andy Gray has had a looked at this game and using his massive footballing brain, decided what he thinks will happen.
There will be plenty of goals here but Manchester United should get something. It has high-scoring draw written all over it. 2-2 is 9/1 and 3-3 is a monster 30/1.
3.24pm: TEAM NEWS
Andre Villas-Boas names a strong Tottenham team which is what precisely what you’d expect from someone who doesn’t want to get sacked. Defoe gets the nod up front for Spurs and Parker comes in for long-term absentee, Sandro.
Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Naughton, Parker, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe
There’s no room for Wayne Rooney at the inn on his return from injury. Sir Alex sticks with Danny Welbeck with Wazza keeping the bench company. Phil Jones starts with Giggs on the bench and Paul Scholes missing out on the squad altogether.
De Gea, Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Jones, Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa, van Persie, Welbeck