Spurs just love playing away.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.Just as well really since home means away for us in any case. A 3-0 win on a Monday night in the North West is satisfying on so many levels: another away win; a poke in the eye for Mourinho; three more points; joint top of the league.
They have won 21 of their 26 home EPL games against us (D3,L2), winning each of the last four without conceding a goal. Record duly amended. Harry makes it 2 in August and his first up there; first Old Trafford win in the Pochettino era; Moura comes very very good.
Are you starting to believe yet? What will the pundits and experts move on to now? We are slowly but surely disarming them, seizing the sticks they like to beat us with and in the end they will run out of weapons.
This was an important win especially mentally for the boys. And for the fans too who have a lot of negative stuff from the media to cope with although Gary N. and Jamie C. seem to like us they still have years of baggage to dispose of.
You can't expect the experts to abandon their carefully rehearsed scripts overnight. It might help many fans too to come to terms with our new philosophy: catch 'em young and train 'em up.
Now its clearly a strategy that Daniel Levy embraces with enthusiasm but we all know the reasons why. But under Mauricio it seems to be working and we are still building a State of The Art Stadium you know.
Thus a new 'Where were you when Kennedy was assassinated'' is born. Where were you when Spurs beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford in August and Harry Kane scored?
We didn't buy anyone because on last night's evidence spending hundreds of millions on new players is not as effective as building a team that is comfortable with itself and its Manager.
Alderwiereld and Dembele are still with us and both played well. Rose and Winks are back with Wanyama and Lamela, injured in the warm-up, to come. Pochettino seems increasingly flexible.
This could be our year. What can possibly go wrong? Well everything obviously but its looking increasingly unlikely. Chelsea, Man.City and now Utd. don't look that competent and in the second half we did.
I shrugged philosophically when Rose's pass back set up Lukaku. But apart from a good save by Lloris from Pogba there was little else, whatever Gary Neville says, in the first half. It was ragged stuff from both sides.
So they were more than enthusiastic than he's seen them for years but that is clearly a very low bar. Moura and Harry Kane might have had penalties with a different ref. I'll give Utd the first half if it cheers them up.
In the second half we scored three and might have had more. Dele was uncharacteristically hesitant when he might have scored or set up Harry or Lucas twice or gone down for a penalty when clipped by De Gea.
Eriksen found some space down the right to pick out Moura for the second after Harry had imperiously headed us in front from a Tripper corner. 2-0 up. At this point I always get nervous. Suppose they score and get 'momentum'.
Lucas Moura sealed it with an incisive forward dash from a Kane pass and an emphatic finish. A new legend is born. Harry Winks made a brief appearance and Luke Amos was on the bench. My cup runneth over.
What of Mourinho? 'Frankly my dear'... I hope he stays and sows even more confusion and turmoil at every level of the club. We are settled and these days only looking up.
A famous night all round with the promise of more to come.
Jimmy's Video Spot: Souvenir Edition.
Longest and clearest video I could find. Dele working hard; Eriksen finding space behind Shaw; Harry not at his best but still scoring; Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva uncatchable; the Belgians out in force;
Lloris started his Community Service in style with a clean sheet and our Danny tried to give Mourinho's men a helping hand. Soft lad. looks as if he's staying by the way.
For Utd.Shaw played well and Fred made some good runs. Defensively? no wonder they wanted Toby.