Man Utd vs Tottenham: Match Preview.



This Mother’s Day, Sunday 15th March, Manchester United entertain Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the premier league with a 4pm kick off. Currently it is fourth going up against sixth with both sides pushing for a champions league spot come the end of the season.

The Red Devils previous game against Arsenal in the FA Cup ended in defeat so United need to bounce back against the other side from North London and try to cement their place in the top four.

Despite Spurs winning on their last two visits to Old Trafford, they have an appalling record at The Theatre of Dreams which goes way back to the seventies. Three league victories over United on their own patch since 1989 is a poor return for the Londoners who need three points themselves to force their way into the top four of the premier league.

Tottenham won their last away league game 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers with their hot property Harry Kane scoring both goals taking his tally to 24 so far this season.

Despite their good run, they have lost away from White Hart Lane to the so called bigger teams, losing at Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea and will want to change that statistic.

United in their 14 home league games this season have only lost two (Swansea and Southampton) and drawn against Chelsea, so it will be a close game on Sunday.

When these two sides met at White Hart Lane at the end of December the game finished 0-0.

There are usually goals in games between these sides at Old Trafford with 43 goals scored in 16 league games since United beat Spurs 2-1 to win the premier league on the last day of the season in 1999, in that time there has only been one goalless game at Old Trafford. With players like Kane, Eriksen, Rooney on the pitch there should be more goals on Sunday, however, possibly two of the finest goalkeepers in the league will be on show in David De Gea and Hugo Lloris.

Team news: Louis Van Gaal is without suspended pair, Angel Di Maria and Jonny Evans with striker Robin Van Persie still sidelined with an ankle problem. It will be interesting to see if Radamel Falcao gets a start after having to play in the under 21`s earlier in the week or whether James Wilson gets a game.

Recently, Van Gaal has opted for Marouane Fellaini as a number 10 behind Rooney but with Juan Mata waiting on the bench, my hope is that the Spaniard finally gets a run of games in his favoured number 10 role. In his press conference, Van Gaal has stated Falcao faces competition from Wayne Rooney as the United captain is back scoring and that his side has reacted well this week in training to the defeat against Arsenal.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from and is in bullish mood saying,

"We believe we can win. You never think before a game that it is possible to lose. You are always focusing on getting the three points and are never thinking about losing. Our pressure is inside us, in the group. We want to win every game. Maybe Manchester United has history, but our mentality is to compete and try to win the game. Man United is not my problem."

So it all adds up to be a possible classic on Sunday with both teams still having plenty to play for in the remaining few months of the season.

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Written by Ian Hope [@fromtwelveyards]


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