"We can't afford to lose," says Patrice Evra ahead of Sunday's trip to White Hart Lane and few would disagree with the United left-back, for this weekend's clash against Tottenham could be a watershed moment as far as David Moyes' first season at the club is concerned.
Having beaten Arsenal, United failed to pick up any significant momentum and slumped to a dreadful draw at Cardiff last week, an infuriating result not only because the Reds conceded a late equaliser for the third time this season after letting in late goals against Shakthar and Southampton, but also because it came on the back on a terribly insipid performance.
Hull have levelled at White Hart Lane, with a bit of help from Spurs keeper Brad Friedel. There was more than a hint of farce to the Tigers' equaliser. Curtis Davies' terrible attempted tap-in was somehow heading wide when it seemed easier to score before it hit Friedel and deflected into the net.
Tottenham's manager Andre Villas-Boas took to brave step of criticizing his club's own supporters after their 1-0 win over Hull City. Villas-Boas was unhappy with the atmosphere created for his players at White Hart Lane and was quoted post-match that his side felt like the away team at times (from Sky Sports):
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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in partnering with a London-based NFL team to share the new White Hart Lane stadium, which could be ready for opening in 2016.
According to Metro newspaper today, the combined effort could help build a new 65,000-seat stadium. Tottenham recently appointed new architects who could be drawing up plans for a stadium that would work for both soccer and American football.
Tottenham Hotspur and their kit sponsors Under Armour are currently running a promotion where fans can send in their photos and/or those of family and friends for inclusion on the tunnel wall at White Hart Lane. It's a great idea – the last thing that the players see as they run out is the joy that they bring to their supporters, a reminder of when it comes to it, when they escape from the protected cosseted world of a modern Premier League professional footballer, they should be doing it for their fans.
Out-of-favour Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe could be a January transfer target for Newcastle. The England international has found himself down the Spurs pecking order following the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia. According to the Mail on Sunday, the 30-year-old is not prepared to bide his time on the bench during a World Cup season.
After Jose Mourinho's half-time substitution to bring Juan Mata on for John Obi-Mikel, the move paid dividends for Chelsea when Juan Mata's pin-point free kick found the head of John Terry to equalize against Tottenham today at White Hart Lane.
1 Juan Mata records his first Premier League assist of the season after registering 25 over the past two seasons.
It was already apparent that Willian had come pretty close to joining Spurs before deciding his future lay with Chelsea. But today it's emerged that he had actually signed for Andre Villas Boas' team. The Brazil international had signed a contract at White Hart Lane before his "change of heart", according to reports in The [.
Matchday 1 of the Premier League's Gameweek 6 fixture this Saturday sees Tottenham Hotspur playing host to Chelsea at White Hart Lane where ex-Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas will meet his old mentor Jose Mourinho. The last meeting between these two clubs at White Hart Lane ended Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Chelsea.
The Tromso fan who donned an Arsenal shirt at White Hart Lane during her side's Europa League defeat to Tottenham has been talking about becoming an internet sensation. Lena Mari Edvardsen said she is also a Gunners supporter and took her shirt to the match so that she could restore a bit of pride if, [.
Spurs are set to pip Premier League rivals Arsenal and West Ham to the signing of free agent Ciprian Marica. The Romania international appeared to be free to choose between acting as backup to Olivier Giroud at the Gunners or leading the line for the Hammers in Andy Carroll's absence. But the Sunday People reports [.
Tottenham hope to bring Chelsea star Juan Mata to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Daily Express. The Blues playmaker is by no means a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho, and Andre Villas Boas is reportedly hoping to capitalise on that by offering the Spaniard an exit route when the transfer [.
You kind of knew that here was an accident waiting to happen as soon as David Cameron got involved in it all. Asked by the Jewish Chronicle what he thought of the FA's statement last week, which reiterated its belief that the word "Yid" should not be used in any context at a football ground and warning that its use could amount to a criminal offence that would leave fans at risk of being banned and prosecuted, the Prime Minister responded by saying, "You have to think of the mens rea [a principle of law which suggests that "an act is not culpable unless the mind is guilty"].
Tottenham are planning to bring AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Sunday People. Andre Villas Boas is said to want to invest a large chunk of Gareth Bale's transfer fee in the 20-year-old Italy international. Spurs want extra firepower following the arrival of Roberto [.
Tottenham fans will allow themselves a wry smile this morning at the news that Gareth Bale could be deployed at left-back by Real Madrid. Spurs played the Welshman as a full-back at the start of his White Hart Lane career, before realising they had one of the world's best wingers on their hands. And the [.
Multi-millionaire footballers have all sorts of ways to celebrate victory over their fiercest rivals. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny marked yesterday's 1-0 win over Spurs in the north London derby by making a video of himself playing We Won The League At White Hart Lane on his piano and uploading it to Facebook.
Transfer-hater Arsene Wenger has suggested that Tottenham have bought too many players this summer. The Arsenal boss, under-fire for his own lack of transfer activity, thinks an influx of new arrivals at White Hart Lane could have a destabilising effect on Andre Villas Boas' team. Speaking ahead of Sunday's north London derby, he said: "There [.
Spurs and Roma are in discussions about a loan swap that would see Italy international Federico Balzaretti move to White Hart Lane, and Benoit Assou Ekotto go in the opposite direction. The two clubs are new play-mates after new Spurs director of football Franco Baldini's own move between them this summer.
Roberto Soldado made it two goals in two Premier League games for Spurs with another penalty. After scoring from the spot against Crystal Palace last weekend, the Spain international did exactly the same against Swansea today. His cool spot-kick gave Spurs the lead at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is ready to make an attempt to sign Brazilian striker Hulk on a £30million deal, but the club faces a tough mountain to climb as Zenit St Petersburg want £40million for him.
Villas-Boas is interested in reuniting with Hulk. The Portuguese boss managed Hulk when they were both at Porto.
The end of a true drama series happening over this summer seems to have its final episode galloping approaching within the next few days. Real Madrid have been keen on Gareth Bale, and the midfielder has been in a transitional mood. Whether it has been because Tottenham Hotspur could not quality to the UEFA Champions League at the end of the English Premier League last season, Bale would clearly not mind leaving White Hart Lane.
Willian's widely expected transfer to Tottenham is off, according to The Guardian. They quote a source close to the move as saying the Brazilian playmaker will definitely not be moving to White Hart Lane. He is now expected to be unveiled as a Chelsea signing in the not too distant future. The Guardian claims: "Despite [.
Spurs youngster Andros Townsend says displays like the one he gave against Dinamo Tbilisi last night have to continue if he wants to make his mark at the club. The 22-year-old scored a superb solo goal to open the scoring in the 5-0 away win, and then went on to set-up two more goals. And [...]
Erik Lamela at 12 years old. With all his trophies. pic.twitter.com/V0fPXuik7H Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) August 22, 2013 Erik Lamela is just about to pack up and move to London ahead of his transfer to Tottenham. The question is, how many of these trophies will he be bringing with him? This photo has surfaced, [.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas had admitted that he expects his squad to be 'trimmed' before the end of the transfer window. But the Portuguese boss is also expecting new arrivals at White Hart Lane and indicated that his side's transfer dealings are by no means finished for the summer. He said: "We are moving [.
Dinamo Zagreb wonderkid Alen Halilovic has agreed terms with Tottenham, according to reports in the Croatian media. The 17-year-old startlet has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane all summer, but it has not yet materialised. Croatian news website Jutarnji List reports that a £12.8m deal is now within sight after personal terms [.
Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas has said he expects the club to make more signings before the end of the transfer window. Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue have already arrived at White Hart Lane this summer at a cost of more than £60m. But Villas Boas is expecting to strengthen his squad [.
Tottenham are planning a spending spree to convince Gareth Bale to stay at the club or at least soften the blow of losing him. Chairman Daniel Levy is preparing to make one final pitch to convince the Wales international to stay at the White Hart Lane. And he's banking on a series of big [...]
10 by 89ly Gylfi Sigurdsson has given Spurs an early lead in today's lunchtime kick-off against Chelsea. New White Hart Lane hero Christian Eriksen was once again in the thick of things. The Dane turned neatly before squaring the ball for Roberto Soldado. Sigurdsson got on the end of Soldado's lay-off, bundled through a John [.
Tottenham's progression to the Europa League group stages was already pretty much ensured thanks to their 5-0 first-leg win against Dinamo Tbilisi. They followed that up with a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane, with midfielder Lewis Holtby responsible for putting the icing on the cake. He fired in off the crossbar from 25 yards [.
Gylfi Sigurdsson says he and his Tottenham team-mates have so far done a good job of blocking out the Gareth Bale transfer rumours. The Iceland international also praised the club for its handling of the situation. The 23-year-old said the players had not been affected by the constant reports that Bale is joining Real Madrid, [.
Just bumped into Benoit Assou Ekotto in France says he's been told by AVB not to report for training #bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/Lt2YEpmCp3 Calum (@calumhdavidson) August 17, 2013 A Tottenham fan who bumped into Benoit Assou Ekotto in France says the left-back told him he has been excluded from first-team training.
Real Madrid have bid £73m plus left-back Fabio Coentrao as they attempt to sign Gareth Bale, according to reports in Spain. AS's frontpage splash today claims that an offer totalling €110m (£94m), including Coentrao's valuation, is now on the table. Marco Ruiz, a journalist who has been following Bale around during his international duty with [.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has praised his captain Fabricio Coloccini to high heaven today, so maybe the Argentine International will be coming back to lead the team at White Hart Lane tomorrow afternoon and maybe not. Fabricio Coloccini could return tomorrow Colo was signed for around £10.6M from Spanish clubDeportivo in the summer [.
The buildup to the highly anticipated match between Chelsea and Tottenham is getting juicer and juicier as kickoff nears. Chelsea visit White Hart Lane at 12:45pm BST tomorrow in a match that will see the winner momentarily earn a lone spot at the top of the Premier League table.
While the points available will be battled for on the pitch by two very talented teams, the managerial standoff that has been brewing this week has made tomorrow's kickoff even more enticing.