Sunday, 16 January 2011
Nemanja Vidic was simply outstanding this afternoon; it was not far away from a perfect defensive performance. He won everything in the air, made crucial interceptions and aided his full-backs tremendously. Alongside Ferdinand, United certainly have the strongest centre back pairing in the league and by avoiding defeat at White Hart Lane today take another step towards the title.
They were severely tested after Rafael’s sending off 15 minutes from time but Spurs offered little cutting edge. Modric had a great game and dictated the home sides play throughout. The problem the home side had was starting with Crouch; he offers very little against the top defenders and he also ensures that Spurs have to play a certain way. Often the ball would be drilled diagonally to Crouch in the hope that a flick down would fall for Van der Vaart. Whilst this pays off dividends against the weaker sides it is too predictable against the top teams; if Redknapp had started with Pavlyuchenko or Defoe they would have offered more varied methods of attack. If Spurs are to become a regular top 4 club they must continue to improve their results against their rivals.
Although the game ended nil nil there were noticeable performances from Bale, Ferdinand, Modric, Rafael and Vidic. The Serbian centre half was a colossus and showed exactly why he has been made the United captain.