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Tottenham: 5 things to change for Manchester United clash

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It was difficult to watch on Sunday afternoon - Manchester City 6-0 Tottenham will now be enriched in Spurs' history forever.

Luckily for them they haven't got time to dwell as they play Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.  

Here are five things Spurs need to change before they before they play United:

1. Players must play in their best position

Jan Vertonghen is one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League - he was not in the PFA Team of the Year last season for no reason. The important fact here is that he is a centre-back and he needs to play there for Spurs to defend better and to get the best out of him.

I know Danny Rose has been out so Vertonghen has had to play there but against City he looked lacklustre and didn't play to his usual high standard.

2. Start Dembele

Moussa Dembele is one of the most technically gifted players at White Hart Lane and was very instrumental in midfield last season.

Due to the arrival of Paulinho, he has not started as many games but he defiantly needs to start the game against United. He came on against City and was excellent- bringing the ball forward with good runs and good passing.

Manchester United haven't got the strength in midfield that City have and if Spurs were to start Sandro, Paulinho and Dembele, they would have a very good chance of winning the midfield battle.

3. Start Townsend

Andros Townsend is now the darling of English football after his brilliant form helped England qualify for Brazil. He has been playing on the right for club and country but I do think he can be as effective playing on the left.

What Spurs lack is width which is unusual for a club who in the last few years have always relied on width. Against City and this season in general, everything has been going through the middle which makes it easier to defend against but when you use width, it spreads out the opposition back-four leaving them more isolated.

Townsend and Lamela both need to stretch the United defence allowing Paulinho and Dembele to make those late runs into the box to help Soldado upfront.

4. Stick to playing 4-2-3-1

I know, why should Spurs stick to a formation which doesn't seem to be working? Simply because I don't believe sticking two strikers up front is going to solve the scoring problem. Tottenham are lucky to have a group of very talented midfielders- we need to know how to use them instead of just resorting to the easy option of sticking another striker up front.

Spurs need to find our best 11 and for me that does not include two of Defoe, Adebayor or Soldado especially as we have Holtby, Dembele, Chadli, Townsend, Erikson, Sigurdsson, Lennon and Lamela all fighting for three places in the team.

Tottenham need to get these front players to gel, understand and support each other if they are to play in that system but to do that they need time. Success cannot be built in a day and Tottenham will eventually come good just as long as the team and AVB more importantly are given time.

5. Prove people wrong

The best way for Tottenham to bounce back following that dire defeat to City is to beat Manchester United. All talk will be on Giggs and his turning 40 and with United beating Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League 0-5 , they will be favourites to win this game. But, Tottenham are a wounded animal and should use this to their advantage.

However you look at it, AVB was not at all pleased with that result against City and the players were probably given a good talking to. As fans, sometimes we forget that these footballers who we love or hate and insult during games are still human. Lewis Holtby came out and said via his Facebook that he found it hard to sleep after the City game. Just the way we don't like our team loosing, the players don't like loosing either but they know they can put it right if they perform against United.

They have to prove, not just to the fans, to themselves that they want to be in the top four and try and fight for the title. All is not lost - Spurs are still in the Capital One Cup and just won their Europa League group. If there was ever a good time to get battered by a rival, now is the best time to use that to kick on during the Christmas period.

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