If United beat Spurs, they go into the transfer window still with a shot at the title. A couple of quality additions (they will spend) and they could go extremely close.
What do we think?
If the summer was anything to go by, they'll find it difficult to buy quality in January. Woodward was extremely clueless in the summer and the failure to land any of Moyes' intended targets has cost United badly for the first half of the season. Maybe being a World Cup year could tip the balance in United's favour if they want quality, but how many top players would play for David Moyes when they could get a bigger paycheck elsewhere?
If United can't sign anyone, then they'll struggle to mount a serious title challenge. Defence is still reliant on Evra + Vidic's leadership, Patrice is on the decline and Vidic has lost his pace. He's fine against smaller clubs who lump high balls into the box, but against any sort of pace he looks very suspect these days.
Midfield is a joke as per usual, still ultra-reliant on wingplay when our wingers have been out of form for a long time. Rooney's been having to carry the team just like in 2010, it's good Welbeck's chipped in with a few goals recently because Van Persie looks like he's backed to his good ol' days of being crocked. Januzaj looks a good future prospect but you can't rely on a teenager to supply all your creativity, Kagawa just can't seem to get used to the Premier League + gets shunted out wide too often in games, he plays well in Europe though.
Fixture-wise, United still have to travel to Stamford Bridge, Emirates, Goodison, St James Park and the Ettihad. Think Moyes is too negative and that might cost us a few points here and there, and tactically he's not quick to rectify problems, so in the big games away from home I'm not expecting many wins.
January's a busy month for United with the League Cup semi finals + an FA Cup tie, if they make the League Cup final vs City I think they'll lose and that could hurt their confidence for the rest of the season. Should have enough for Olympiakos in the Champions League, after that I think they'll lose in the quarter finals.
Overall, I think their penchant for grinding out results can see them pinch a top 4 place, don't think they have the strength in depth to mount a serious title challenge as they need too many teams above them to slip up. I think the January transfer window will be crucial in deciding who wins the title this year. Think United are more in a scrap for the 4th place trophy than the league trophy though.