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Tottenham Hotspurs vs Manchester United Preview
Manchester United travel to Wembley to face Tottenham in what Ole admitted will be his first proper test on Sunday afternoon, here is all you need to know about the game.
What are the team news?
For United, Rojo and Smalling will be unavailable, as Ole confirmed Marcos had flew to his hometown Argentina, however, he pointed out that Pogba and Alexis are fit to face off against the North London outfit. Bailly has also returned after being suspended for the Newcastle game. As for Tottenham, Lucas Moura and Moussa Dembele are major doubts with Dier, Vertonghen, and Wanyama out.
What does a win mean for each team?
If Manchester United pick up a win, they will be on 41 points, and equal with fifth place Arsenal if they lose to West Ham, meaning United are on track for a top four finish. For Tottenham, 3 points would put them on 51 points and ahead of City if they fail to beat Wolves, putting the Spurs back in the title race. A win is crucial for both sides in this fixture.
What happened last time out?
Earlier this season, Tottenham stunned United at Old Trafford in which was Man United’s worst loss of the season, a bitter 3-0 defeat due to goals from Harry Kane and Lucas Moura. Last time this exact fixture was played in Wembley in the Premier League, Spurs defeated United 2-0 courtesy of a Eriksen goal only 40 seconds into the match.
What was the result of their last matches?
Manchester United’s previous game came in an FA Cup 3rd round tie against Championship side Reading in which the Reds won 2-0 thanks to a penalty from Mata and a fine finish from Lukaku. Tottenham’s last game came against Chelsea in the EFL Cup semifinal first leg in which Spurs won 1-0 after a controversial penalty was given.
Anything else I should know?
Manchester United go into this game after a warm weather training session in Dubai and will be hoping to extend their win streak under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to 6 matches, which would pass Sir Matt Busby’s record of 5. Overall it proves to be a tough test for both teams but who will be able to get the result? My prediction is 1-2 United.