The 2015-16 season is nearing its end and my word, what an unbelievable season it has been. The defending champions struggling, last season’s relegation battlers on top with one hand on the trophy, three of the traditional “Big Four” not present in the Top 4, and the fight for European football goes on and will go on until the final day.
Now, let’s focus on the match which is set to take place on April 10 – Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United. A very crucial match as Spurs is challenging for the title and United fight for a Champions League spot. Wow. There’s a sentence I thought I’d never use. It was always the other way round till now, but well, this is the English Premier League.
The stage is set for a thrilling encounter at White Hart Lane on Sunday and the odds are in favour of the home side who have the scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in the League this season.
This fixture has always been very entertaining and we’ve seen many surprising results over the years. Let’s go down memory lane and take a look at some of the best United-Spurs games.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 2 Manchester United
White Hart Lane
December 12, 1998
George Graham led his Tottenham Hotspur side out at White Hart Lane against Manchester United for the second time in 10 days. Spurs had already beaten Manchester United on December 02, 1998 in the League Cup at White Hart Lane and now they looked to replicate the same in the Premier League.
Chris Armstrong, who started the scoring in the previous game against United was included in the starting eleven again. But this time, things did not go according to plan as it took United just 11 minutes to score the first goal of the evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave United that early lead and then doubled it just 7 minutes later and it looked like a cake walk for United. Hope for Tottenham came in the 39th minute when Gary Neville received a second yellow and United were down to 10 men at the half-time.
Seeing his team in a comfortable 2-0 lead, but a man down, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to replace goalscorer Solskjaer with defender Henning Berg for the second half. Tottenham knew they had a chance and they came out strong in the second half.
They were rewarded for their persistence as Sol Campbell pulled one back for Spurs in the 70th minute. United was defending with all they had and they did well to frustrate Spurs and kept them at bay until the final minute.
Into the 90th minute, it went and Tottenham deservedly got their equalizer. It was Sol Campbell again, breaking the hearts of Manchester United and rescuing a crucial point for Spurs, meaning United had failed to win two consecutive games against Spurs for the first time in 6 years.