Saturday, February 3, 2007

Reds seek capital gain

Results for the Reds in London could prove pivotal if United are to successfully de-throne Chelsea as Premiership champions this season.

Sir Alex’s men take on Tottenham on Sunday, the first of three visits to the capital before the end of the season. The Reds usually enjoy trips to White Hart Lane, having taken maximum points from the last five trips there. Continuing that record is imperative.

United have lost only three times this term in the Premiership, all of which have come against London-based opposition (Arsenal twice, and West Ham). And two of those defeats have come in the capital.

In the last six league visits to London, the Reds’ results have been indifferent. Defeats to Arsenal and West Ham were preceded with a 3-0 win over Charlton in August, while the Reds lost 3-0 to Chelsea, beat Spurs 2-1 and drew 0-0 with the Gunners in the second half of last season.

Every game from here on in could have a significant bearing on the title, but with almost half of United's remaining away games being in the capital, results in London could make all the difference.

Trips to London have been vital in seasons past. The last time United lifted the title in 2002/03, a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in April 2003 with goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ryan Giggs was a huge result. And eleven days later, a 2-0 win over Spurs all but secured title success.

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