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Saturday 3 December 2016

Traffic problems for Manchester United lead to delayed kick-off in Spurs clash

Published 10/04/2016 | 15:31

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal saw his side's preparations for Sunday's game disrupted
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal saw his side's preparations for Sunday's game disrupted

Tottenham's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United at White Hart Lane has been delayed after the visitors' bus got stuck in traffic.

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The match had been due to start at 4pm on Sunday but kick-off has been put back 15 minutes after Louis van Gaal's men found their preparations disrupted by a late arrival.

Tottenham posted on their official Twitter account: "Kick-off is DELAYED until 4.15pm as the @ManUtd team bus is stuck in traffic."

Spurs go into the mouthwatering clash looking to keep their title hopes alive while United are attempting to keep their Champions League charge on course.

United's bus finally arrived at 3.45pm, more than an hour late given opposition teams routinely drive into White Hart Lane an hour and 20 minutes before kick-off.

The further delay meant kick-off had to be put back even further, with Tottenham informing fans on Twitter: "@ManUtd have arrived so kick-off is confirmed as 4.30pm."

While Spurs warmed up as usual before the game, United's half of the pitch remained empty until 4.10pm when the players finally emerged 20 minutes before the match was scheduled to start.

The preparation was far from ideal for the Red Devils, who sat fifth in the table, four points behind Manchester City with a game in hand.

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