What were we saying about a run of wins and then a stutter? Well, United managed to wake up just in time to stop going home empty-handed at White Hart Lane on 2 February.
A week after having beaten them in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, Juande Ramos’s improved Spurs side were difficult to break down and looked like taking all three points thanks to Dimitar Berbatov’s first half goal.
United have never been a side to give up before the final whistle, however, and Tevez’s volley in the 93rd minute, as the Reds pressed from a corner, snatched a point that had looked lost. It was one of those ‘how important could that be?’ moments.
The circumstances surrounding the 150th Manchester derby were pretty unique, of course – lest you forget, it was the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash, which may explain why United seemed unusually burdened.
City rekindled their early season form at just the right time, as two first half goals put the game beyond the Reds, and not even the spirit of the Busby Babes could inspire a comeback. Michael Carrick’s well-worked consolation was anything but.