Premier League Preview: Manchester United vs. Tottenham

By Jason Bardwell
Courtesy: Manchester United Facebook Page

David Moyes will be very happy with the recent performances of his Manchester United side, who now have four wins in their last four league games.

I do not want to put a dampener on that statistic, but I will just say that three of those wins came away from Old Trafford. It seems that at home, Manchester United are under more pressure to perform and if they do not put sides to the sword right away, the crowd starts to get restless. When the crowd gets restless, the players seem nervous and 1-0 defeats to Newcastle and Everton have resulted.

Now, put an attacking Tottenham Hotspur in the away dressing room and instantly, I start to have my doubts that 2014 will start as 2013 finished.

The fact that Tottenham have failed to beat United in any competition for about 14 years before last season doesn’t discourage my thinking, it encourages it. Everton and Newcastle had similar or worse records before they visited fortress Trafford.

Without Robin Van Persie and a late test for Wayne Rooney along with the current injury list of Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Phil Jones and Rafael does the home side no favors, but with Danny Welbeck finding his scoring boots, I do not think it makes that big of a deal.

What will remain clear no matter what the result is that Manchester United need to dip their toes in the transfer market and sure up that midfield if they are to build on this good run and have a say in the title in May.

Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on

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