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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

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Bentley out of Spurs squad after frank interview

Tottenham midfielder David Bentley was left out of the squad to face Udinese in the UEFA Cup tonight - less than 24 hours after his outspoken assessment of the club's start to the season.

Bentley's comments about Tottenham's worst start to a season included suggestions players had little idea what they were doing, with the result being two points from their first eight Barclays Premier League games.

During their wretched start, Bentley has lost his place in the England squad and has also been played in a variety of different positions by head coach Juande Ramos.

Bentley was billed as one of the finest right-wingers in England following his arrival from Blackburn in the summer for a deal starting at £15million - but the loss of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane meant he had to play as a support striker at times.

He has played all across the midfield and also had a stint at right-back.

The 24-year-old had a meeting with Ramos about playing in different positions and then insisted he was "fully behind him, 100%'' during an interview where he also admitted the club had become a laughing stock.

Then, on the eve of the UEFA Cup clash against Udinese at Stadio Friuli, Bentley was quoted by talkSPORT magazine as saying: "We've not been together; we didn't know where people were running, what people were doing. But I think we're slowly starting to get settled and people are becoming more confident.''

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