By, Kyle Gibson
It was the real do or die game on a New Year’s day that saw all 20 teams in action. It was also the best game, as Tottenham used goals from Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor to defeat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford.
Danny Welbeck scored quickly after the second goal by Eriksen at the midpoint of the second half, but the Manchester United that used to claw back under Sir Alex Ferguson has been stymied by David Moyes.
Here goes the breakdown.
The Big Winners- Spurs. Michael Dawson, Danny Rose and Etiene Capoue were brilliant, but the star that looked the brightest was Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored a masterclass header against the run of play in the first half.
Adebayor has ignited the Tim Sherwood era, as TS has now gone 3-0-1 in this first EPL matches. Sherwood looks to be a better pick as manager for this particular Spurs side, making Daniel Levy’s treasures look better than Andre Villas Boas did this campaign.
Spurs now finds itself in 6th in the EPL table and can move past Everton and Liverpool at the next round of fixtures.
Quite simply, the Spurs are marching in.
The Big Losers Manchester United looked even for large parts of the game against Spurs, but a few miscues really sealed the loss.
I don’t really count the Adebayor goal as a huge mistake for the United defense. Manny worked himself into a good spot and sent a header into the ground, which is always tough for keepers.
The second goal, however, was a sham.
Shinji Kagawa had just checked on for Chris Smalling, which moved Antonio Valencia to left back in an
incredibly boneheaded interesting move by manager David Moyes. Later, as Aaron Lennon streaked down on a counter, he found Eriksen in the box. Valencia was guarding so listlessly that the wind could have marked better.
2-1 Game, Set, Spurs.
One of United’s lone bright spots was Adnan Januzaj, who looked brilliant in spells.
Bonus Winner Brek Shea hasn’t seen a lot of time at Stoke, so he has been loaned to Championship side Barnsley. This is a move that should provide Shea with plenty of first team action ahead of World Cup 2014. Even if he isn’t selected, it creates a bigger playing pool.