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Benoit Assou-Ekotto: United still kick ass
Tottenham star Benoit Assou-Ekotto is under no illusions about the size of the task confronting Spurs tonight. The Spurs full-back reckons that champions Manchester United are fast becoming the Premier League’s new ‘Invincibles’. That does not mean he fears the result is a foregone conclusion but Assou-Ekotto, 27, believes United have mastered the art of gathering points in the toughest conditions. And while United will be without both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, he insists their absence won’t make it any easier. “The problem with Manchester United is even when they miss key players or when they don’t play well they are still good,” he said. “They never lose. The minimum they seem to get is 0-0 or 1-1 but they don’t get beaten. I wish it will be as easy as the Hearts game, but of course it won’t be.”
In The Sun, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp explains why he loves managing at Old Trafford, despite the fact he’s never won a single match in 13 trips to the Theatre of Dreams. Writing in his column, Redknapp explains: “I will tell my players they have to enjoy playing in such a fantastic stadium. I know my record there isn’t great but I’m no different to any other manager on that score.”
The same paper also features quotes from Gary Neville’s forthcoming autobiography entitled ‘Red’, in which the United legend explains how a gambling culture may have hampered England’s chances of winning a first major trophy since 1966.