Match Of The Week: Spurs 1-3 Manchester United

Winter is coming. The evenings are starting to feel a little fresher and the sun no longer affords the heat that it did. After a break for the international matches, the Premier League is back and it is back with a weekend of fixtures that might have been designed by a panel to show up the best that club football has to offer. This afternoon, Manchester City were outplayed for long periods but still ran out 4-2 winners against Arsenal and Chelsea huffed and puffed their way to a 2-1 win at Stoke City. This evening, however, comes the main event. Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United – a fixture that runs like an oak stain through the history of English football. Spurs, to the surprise of many, are second in the Premier League before kick-off. They have already been Liverpool on the opening day of the season and, in spite of any sort of reasonable thought, some are already saying that they could be the surprise of the season and snatch a Champions League place. Manchester United have already achieved a convincing impersonation of Jekyll and Hyde, imperious in a 5-0 win at Wigan Athletic but humiliatingly outplayed – and beaten – by Burnley. Even without the curious events of the last few weeks, however, this would be a match to watch. The television cameras look down from vertiginous...

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