EPL: Two men, one goal

EPL: Two men, one goal
Tottenham Hotspur's manager Tim Sherwood reacts after their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United


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Finally, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Then again, Manchester United must be wondering what they are doing in a tunnel in the first place.

This was not supposed to happen.

New manager David Moyes was expected to face some teething problems at the Theatre of Dreams after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but it almost turned into a crisis.

The Red Devils got off to their worst start to a season in 24 years, after six matches.

They suffered back-to-back home losses in the league for the first time since 2002.

At one point, they were 12th in the league table.

But six successive wins in all competitions, including four in the league, have calmed some fraying nerves.

Only three points away from fourth-placed Everton, United know that they have fought their way back into contention for a Champions League spot.

Defending their crown, though, seems a bridge too far.

It is not just a matter of making up for an eight-point gap between themselves and leaders Arsenal, who are on 42 points.

To get back to the top, they must also count on five teams above them - Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool - to slip up, and that is really asking a lot.

Moyes knows that nobody is ex- pecting him to deliver the championship at the first time of asking.

Missing out on a top-four position, however, is unlikely to be tolerated.

Key to meeting that target is making sure that they inflict direct damage on rivals who are eyeing the same slice of pie.

Moyes has fallen short so far.

Against teams in the top eight - all of whom have crossed the 30-point mark - the Scot has fared miserably.

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