Date: 3rd February 2007 at 4:08pm
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United are to face Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow at the White Hart Lane in a game that might be crucial. Winning it maybe beyond us.

Spurs are not in blistering form, that’s true. They sometimes looked very ordinary this season but their squad is still very strong, their attacking play is imaginative. Of course we could still win at them, regardless of all these attributes.

What led me to saying we won’t win is that we collected maximum points at the Lane on the last 5 occasions and now it’s really time for us to drop points here. Arsenal were desperate for some league success against us before this season and they finally got it. Now it could be Spurs’ turn to finally get something against us.

And of course we have to add the Quieroz-effect. Rumours say he’s responsible for the constant experimenting with the vastly uneffective 4-5-1. No matter how many times we failed with it, the bosses try it again. Last time it was Arsenal who punished it and due to the fashion of that defeat, I think Fergie won’t accept he got the tactics wrong. With another formidable team waiting for us, the boss could easily opt for this cautious style, thus reducing the effectiveness of both Rooney and Giggs.

I hope I’ll be exposed as a hopeless pessimist but if I see Rooney on the left wing I’ll consider closing my eyes and judging the events by the sounds around me.

Match prediction: another away loss, 2-1.