6 classic Manchester United vs Tottenham clashes from the Premier League era

Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United, 2001

Spurs were in dreamland midway through this meeting at White Hart Lane, having established a 3-0 lead over the reigning champions thanks to goals from Dean Richards, Christian Ziege and Les Ferdinand.

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Euro 2020 draw: A group-by-group guide to next summer’s tournament

The draw for the group stage of the 16th edition of the European Championship took place in Bucharest on Saturday, as the 20 already-qualified countries learned their fate. There are still four spots to be determined at next March’s play-offs, but we now know who the vast majority of sides will be playing in the first round of next summer’s pan-European competition.

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Jose Mourinho is back in the Premier League – and Tottenham job could define the rest of his career

In the end, it was all over rather quickly. Following a day of rumours suggesting that his position was under threat, Mauricio Pochettino parted ways with Tottenham late on Tuesday night. Just eleven hours later the club had confirmed that Jose Mourinho would be the man replacing the Argentinian at the helm.

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6 memorable Premier League matches between Liverpool and Manchester City

Liverpool 3-2 Manchester City (September 2000)

In terms of determining the destination of the Premier League title, it can now be said that Liverpool vs Manchester City is the biggest game in English football. It was not always thus, however, but the two teams still played out an entertaining encounter in 2000 despite neither being anywhere near that season’s championship tussle.

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Things begin to unravel for Unai Emery – and the next few months will determine his Arsenal future

Even in the immediate aftermath of Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat by Chelsea in May, this season felt decisive for Unai Emery. The Spaniard may be under contract at the Emirates Stadium until the summer of 2021, but a break clause inserted in his deal gives the club the right to pull the trigger at the end of the current campaign. Having failed to either win Europe’s junior tournament or finish in the top four of the Premier League last term, it is absolutely pivotal that Emery does one of the two this time around.

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6 classic Liverpool vs Tottenham games from the Premier League era

Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool (December 2013)

Liverpool ran riot at White Hart Lane in the first half of the 2013/14 campaign, with their 5-0 victory spelling the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ tenure as Tottenham boss. Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson struck in the opening 45 minutes to put the visitors in a comfortable position at half-time, before Paulinho’s red card shortly after the hour mark put the game out of Spurs’ reach.

Even so, the north Londoners’ collapse was alarming, as Jon Flanagan, Suarez and Raheem Sterling all netted to give Brendan Rodgers’ side a handsome victory. The Reds moved up to second after this thrashing, but it was not until the spring that they were taken seriously as Premier League title challengers.

Tottenham 3-3 Liverpool (March 1998)

It is testament to Mauricio Pochettino’s fine work in north London that we now consider Tottenham a top-four team. It was not always thus; indeed, for large portions of the 1997/98 campaign, it looked as if Spurs would suffer an ignominious relegation to the second tier.

A 2-1 defeat by Derby County on January 31 left Tottenham in the bottom three, and although they eventually rallied to finish 14th, they ultimately avoided the drop by just four points. In hindsight this point against Liverpool was a crucial one, even if Steve McManaman’s late leveller denied the home side victory.

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham (April 2005)

Looking back now, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool’s top-four finishes in 2003/04 kick-started an era where that quartet of clubs would monopolise the division’s Champions League qualification spots. It did not necessarily feel that way at the time, however: Newcastle United had finished third in 2002/03, and Everton gatecrashed the party at Liverpool’s expense two years later.

Rafael Benitez’s side, who made up for their fifth-place finish by winning the Champions League with a famous victory over Milan, missed out on the top four by only three points. This 2-2 draw with Tottenham in April was therefore significant, with goals from Erik Edman and Robbie Keane twice putting Martin Jol’s men ahead, only for Luis Garcia and Sami Hyypia to net equalisers either side of the interval.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham (May 1999)

With Liverpool and Tottenham both in mid-table, there was little riding on this contest in late 1998/99. Whether in spite or because of that fact, the two teams played out a highly entertaining encounter at Anfield, with Liverpool coming from 2-0 down to emerge triumphant.

A Jamie Carragher own goal and Steffen Iversen strike put Spurs in a commanding position at the break, but Liverpool reduced the deficit through a Jamie Redknapp penalty and then restored parity via Paul Ince. Spurs attempted to hang on for a point but were unable to do so, with Steve McManaman notching the winner in the 79th minute.

Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool (September 2011)

After back-to-back defeats by Manchester United and Manchester City, Tottenham sat bottom of the Premier League table after two games of the 2010/11 campaign. A 2-0 win at Wolves lifted Harry Redknapp’s men up to 15th place, but it took this 4-0 demolition of Liverpool to belatedly kick-start their season.

Spurs proved far too strong for Kenny Dalglish’s visitors, with Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor (twice) all on the scoresheet. The gulf in class at White Hart Lane was reflected in the table at the end of the season, with fourth-placed Spurs amassing 17 more points than eighth-placed Liverpool.

Tottenham 3-3 Liverpool (December 1993)

Tottenham had ended a miserable nine-match winless run a few days before the visit of Liverpool in December 1993, beating Manchester City to ease some of the pressure on manager Ossie Ardiles. Vinny Samways gave Spurs a half-time lead, but a quick-fire Robbie Fowler brace and Jamie Redknapp strike turned the game around early in the second period.

Tottenham showed great character to bounce back, though, with goals from Micky Hazard and Darren Caskey earning the north Londoners a share of the spoils.

6 classic Manchester United vs Liverpool matches from the Premier League era

Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool (2009)

Liverpool headed to Old Trafford in March 2009 knowing that anything other than victory would in effect rule them out of the Premier League title race. Indeed, a Manchester United win would move them seven points clear of their fierce rivals, and Alex Ferguson’s men would also have a game in hand and the chance to extend their advantage to 10 points.

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Tottenham have big problems but Mauricio Pochettino deserves the chance to turn things around

The scoreline may not have been quite as emphatic, but there is a strong argument that Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion was more damaging for Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino than the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich a few days earlier.

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Crystal Palace show improvement at home to give Roy Hodgson’s side hope of successful season

The season is still young but there has been a key positive development for Crystal Palace in the early weeks of 2019/20. Only relegated Huddersfield Town collected fewer points in front of their own fans than Palace last term, with the south London side once again finishing higher up the away table than the home one – something they have done every season since 2013/14, when Tony Pulis’s side secured survival largely by making Selhurst Park a fortress.

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