Perhaps the biggest challenge of the winter break faces Tottenham this weekend as Louis Van Gaal’s revived Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane. Although history is unkind towards Spurs in this fixture, recent turbulent seasons for the former Premier League champions has allowed Tottenham to capture some terrific results both home and away against the Red Devils. Will this continue?
Venue: White Hart Lane
Television Coverage: BT Sport
Stats (via BBC Sport)
After going 22 Premier League games without a win against Manchester United, Tottenham have won two of the last four (W2, D2). However, Tottenham remain without a home win against the Red Devils in 13 league meetings. Their last victory at White Hart Lane saw Willem Korsten score twice and Les Ferdinand also on target in a 3-1 victory in May 2001. Manchester United have won 29 of 44 Premier League encounters between the clubs (D10, L5). The last six meetings have produced 21 goals – an average of 3.5 goals per game.
Tottenham have won each of their last three Premier League games, the first time they have done so under Mauricio Pochettino. They have scored just seven goals in their last eight Premier League games at White Hart Lane. Harry Kane has scored 15 goals in all competitions – only Sergio Aguero (19) has netted more for a Premier League side this season. Three goals or more have been scored in 10 of Spurs’ last 11 league games.
Victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day made it eight league games unbeaten for United (W7, D1). Louis van Gaal’s side have failed to score only twice in league games this season – at Burnley and Manchester City. They have kept only one away clean sheet, in August’s goalless draw at Burnley. The Red Devils have lost just one of their last 18 league away games in London (W11, D6). Wayne Rooney has scored nine goals in 13 Premier League appearances for United against Tottenham, with six of those coming at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have no fresh concerns ahead of the game. Pochettino introduced Ryan Mason back into the side against Leicester, and after seeing out the victory, the youngster looks fit to continue his role in midfield.
Starting XI – Lloris, Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado
Score – Tottenham 1-2 Manchester United