Manchester United manager wary of Tottenham backlash

Sunday's 5-2 defeat at The Emirates might have ended any hope of Tottenham winning this season's Premier League title, although Spurs will be determined to cement third place in the table and ensure a Champions League spot next term.

Manchester United manager wary of Tottenham backlash

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February 28th, 2012

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Manchester United are visiting White Hart Lane on Sunday with a two-point gap between themselves and leaders Manchester City, a margin that Sir Alex Ferguson would still be pleased with come April when his side travel to Eastlands.

Ferguson told Inside United magazine: “It’s going to be a massive game [at Spurs]. If we can survive that one, then we’ll have a big, big chance of winning the league. Yes, I would take it [being two points behind City going into the game at the Etihad Stadium]. I would rather go there on level points. But if we could go there within striking distance of being top of the league, I’d take it.

“I should have more players available than I’ve had in the last few weeks because we’ve had a terrible spell of injuries,” the Scot said.

“But we’ve done the right thing in the treatment of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, we’ve given them a break. They are young players and they had been carrying little strains for weeks. Then all of a sudden it hits them, and we had to take stock, to get them back. We’ve given them a fair break and they’re fresh now.”

United kept the gap to two points after goals from Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs ensured that the Red Devils beat Norwich City 2-1 on Sunday.

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