For many years Manchester United have been the 'big boys' of the Premier League, collecting numerous accolades and silverware along the way.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson's 27-year reign at the club ended at the end of last season, and was shortly followed by the arrival of new manager, David Moyes.
Despite the Red Devils successfully winning their last two matches, they have not got off to the ideal start for a team with such calibre, prompting many to suggest that this could potentially be the season where Manchester United fall short of their expectations.
Here are two reasons as to why Andre Villas-Boas' new-look Tottenham side can potentially be better than United this season.
Spurs have had a better transfer window
Despite Manchester United winning the title last season, the Premier League is now offering fierce competition for 1st place, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and potentially Spurs in for the running alongside United.
With the appointment of David Moyes, reinforcements should have been made as they had lost their great tactician, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Despite being linked with many high profile names such as Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric, the Red Devils had a relatively quiet summer, but did manage to land Belgium star, Marouanne Fellaini. But is he the player that United need to surge on this season?
If you look at Spurs, they have lost their star player in Gareth Bale, but bolstered all positions in their team with the acquisitions of Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli.
In effect, they have traded a Champions League player for a Champions League worthy team.
In good time, these new signings will gel together and could prove to be a threat to the Premier League.
Manchester United's ageing squad
Manchester United have always been known for having a very experienced side, with the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand playing for the side last year.
However, this can often prove to be a stumbling block as the veterans could struggle to keep up with the pace of the young players in the Prem.
Alongside Giggs and Ferdinand, there are other relatively old players still playing for the side, with the likes of Patrice Evra, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, and Michael Carrick.
Despite these players having large amounts of quality, they may not be able to keep up their good standards and avoid injuries in the seasons to come. With this being said, Van Persie is one of the best players in the league and may be able to have up to five solid seasons for the club.
On the contrary, if you look at Spurs, you will be able to identify their relatively young players who are at a very good standard such as Kyle Walker, Paulinho, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris.
These players still have room for further development and could potentially become elite players. This being said, United also have their young talent in Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, David De gea, Rafael, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.
Many United fans would rubbish any claims that Spurs could catch up with them in the near future, but all can become possible if Tottenham's team gel quickly and gain the ability to secure points against the big teams.
Spurs are a threat to any top side in the League this season, and could already be considered as underdogs for the Premier League with their current squad.
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