Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

8 Apr

Tottenham's Harry Kane and Manchester United's Matteo Darmian vie for the ball in the reverse fixture.


Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian vie for the ball in the reverse fixture.

TEAM NEWS

Tottenham are checking on the fitness of defender Jan Vertonghen amid reports he is ready to return after three months out with a knee injury.

Erik Lamela is likely to be recalled after he missed last week’s draw at Liverpool with a knock.

Manchester United trio Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are all back in the reckoning after injury.

Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw are still out, whilst Daley Blind is a doubt with an unspecified knock.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Guy Mowbray: “It’s time for Spurs to find another Willem Korsten. ‘Who!?’ some younger readers might say*.

“Well, he scored twice the last time Spurs beat United at home – in 2001. In the 15 years since, the Red Devils have made 14 unbeaten visits to White Hart Lane.

“This should be a tougher trip against the second favourites for the title. Long gone are the days when Sir Alex Ferguson could motivate United for such a game with ‘Lads…it’s Tottenham!’

“Every weekend from now until the final day of the season, Spurs will play after Leicester have done. Will that bring added pressure? Would-be champions must show that it’s welcome.”

*In Masters week it’s worth noting that the Dutchman went on to be credited as the inventor of FootGolf!

Twitter: @Guymowbray

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

After dropping a couple of points last week – albeit at Anfield – Tottenham simply have to win this game. I think they will.

Prediction: 2-0

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 14 league trips to White Hart Lane (W8, D6), since a 3-1 defeat in May 2001.
  • Tottenham are yet to score against United in three game under Mauricio Pochettino – their goalless drought stands at 296 Premier League minutes.
  • Indeed Pochettino is winless in all six Premier League matches as a manager against Manchester United (D3, L3).
  • The last three games played between the sides at Tottenham have been drawn.

Tottenham

  • Title-chasing Tottenham have won only two of their last five games (D2, L1).
  • Spurs have recorded victories in four of their last five league games at White Hart Lane (D1).
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s men have conceded a league-low 25 goals, Manchester United have let in the second fewest with 27.
  • They have recovered a league-high 19 points from losing positions.
  • Harry Kane is the leading Premier League scorer this season with 22 goals, 11 of them have been scored in 2016.
  • Dele Alli has provided a league-high six assists in 2016, one ahead of Dmitri Payet.

Manchester United

  • Manchester United have won four of their last five games.
  • United’s last three wins have all been 1-0.
  • No Premier League club has kept more clean sheets than Louis van Gaal’s side this season, who have recorded 15.
  • They have triumphed in only two of their last nine away games (D3, L4).
  • The Red Devils have lost just one of seven games played against fellow top-six clubs (W3, D3).
  • Anthony Martial has scored three goals in his last four appearances for United in all competitions.

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