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Posted on 4 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton takes his regular look at our next opponents - next up, Manchester United....

UNITED ARE likely to line up in a 4-5-1 system, they've done that for a while now, even with Wayne Rooney playing, he's tended to pick up a slightly wider position. He's suspended against us though.

You only have to look at the quality they have in-depth. Ryan Giggs is playing as well as he's played for a good while and they have so many attacking options with Giggs, Ronaldo, Paul Scholes breaking from midfield and of course Alan Smith up front at the moment on his own. That's without talking about what Roy Keane gives them in the centre of midfield.

They are capable of changing things around but with three strikers out in Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Luis Saha and Rooney suspended their options are limited up front.

They still have so many attacking options though and for me, Old Trafford is probably the hardest place to go in the Premier League. The tempo of the game is so fast when they play at home it makes it such a difficult ground to get a result, but at least we go there with confidence.

The feeling after Palace was that a draw was a fair result and didn't really perform against them but to go into the Everton game and play like we did against such a good team, I don't think there are any doubts that was our best performance of the season. So to take that form to Manchester is much better than going there in bad form.