Leaving White Hart Lane with three points in the bag would have gone a long way to easing Manchester United’s winter blues, but a four-day break in the sun may prove key in their silverware hunt.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were seconds away from snatching yet another victory away to Tottenham but for the strength of character of Clint Dempsey.
And the Reds embarked out their mid-season sun break to Qatar last night, as Michael Carrick reveals that it will be the chance to unwind that the whole squad needs.
“I think it will be an important break for us,” he told MUTV.
“We can get the sun cream out hopefully and get out on the beach and relax a bit!
“It’s a busy season and there are busy times ahead. It’s about recuperating and getting ready for the next game.”
The Red Devils suffered injury-time heartbreak on Sunday when Clint Dempsey’s leveller stopped them re-establishing a seven-point Premier League lead over champions Manchester City.
After their fourth round cup clash with Fulham on Saturday, their next Premier League outing comes against Southampton – managed by newly-appointed Mauricio Pochettino – four days later.
February also holds big games in store as United square-off against Real Madrid for the first time since 2003 in the Champions League.
United remain in contention to emulate their treble success of 1999, despite their far from stellar squad.
The Reds racked up their highest Premier League tally (56 points in 23 games) and also sealed their place in the next round of the Champions League as group winners with two games to go.
Although having to overcome tricky opponents Fulham in the FA Cup and La Liga giants Madrid in Europe could be a step too far for the Reds.
Unless Qatar’s weather can work its magic for Fergie’s troops.