Thanks, Wayne Rooney
After having surprised everybody, including their own fans, with an amazing 5-0 thrashing of Bundesliga high-fliers Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions' League in midweek, United had to settle for a 2-2 draw in the latest premier League match away to Tottenham last Sunday. Spurs, who had been badly battered by Manchester City the previous week (a humiliating 6-0 drubbing) were naturally seeking to redeem themselves in front of their own fans, so United must have known what they were up against.
All in all it was a balanced encounter, and most commentators agreed that the end result was a fair one. United drew level on two occasions, both thanks to man of the moment Wayne Rooney, the first following a bad error by Spurs defender Walker and the second from a penalty after a foul in the box on Welbeck.
So at the end of the day United have slipped to eighth place in the table, yet if it is any consolation, the margin from eighth to third place is a mere three points, so there is no cause for despair. Yet the loss of another two points cannot but be a cause of dismay to Reds fans, as title challengers Arsenal, Chelsea and City all won their own games. Now United, after three successive away games, finally return to home territory with a midweek encounter against Everton (Moyes' old club, of course) and Newcastle on Saturday. It is vital that a maximum 6 points are gained from these matches to avoid the distance in positions becoming greater.