Why 2018 really is the biggest year in Tottenham's history

Manchester United were beaten. The 2-0 scoreline confirmed it, but nobody needed to look to know. Paul Pogba had been withdrawn, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic had both been made to look entirely ordinary, and Tottenham choruses were filling the Wembley air.

Winning always feels good, but this was the kind of victory to nourish the souls of Spurs supporters. Manchester United - for so long a club renowned for brushing Tottenham aside – had been outworked and outplayed. Jose Mourinho had been thoroughly outcoached and, by the time the clock ticked over into injury time, the visiting players wanted no further part of the game.

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Seb Stafford-Bloor is a football writer at Tifo Football and member of the Football Writers' Association. He was formerly a regularly columnist for the FourFourTwo website, covering all aspects of the game, including tactical analysis, reaction pieces, longer-term trends and critiquing the increasingly shady business of football's financial side and authorities' decision-making.