Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester United Preview: Reds look to league winning run

Manchester United will face Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday at White Hart Lane, away side will be aiming for another league win to finish in the top four. Whilst Tottenham want to retain their second position in the league and push for a late title challenge if Leicester drop points.

Tottenham Hotspur - Manchester United Preview: Reds look to league winning run
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Louis van Gaal’s side will be expecting a tough battle against second-place Tottenham, the North London side have been fantastic this season and have only lost four league games. Manchester United will want to keep their top four hopes alive, after grinding wins against Manchester City and Everton in their recent league games.

They will face a Tottenham Hotspur side that have been admirable to watch. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been impressive as they hold the record of the best defensive record in the Premier League so far this season. Key player Harry Kane has been on top form, 22 goals this campaign which makes him the top scorer this season.

Form

Manchester United’s form in the league has been impressive recently, winning four out of their last six games but a problem for the side has been their away form, six win in 16 matches, which isn’t helpful if you are aiming to finish in the top four. Last game against Everton, was a difficult game to witness. Slow football and their goalkeeper wasn’t tested by United's players at all in the first half, second half it started to click but not enough to put the game to bed. At the end of the day, United managed to pick up all three points which was the main aim.

After the vital win against Everton, United will be in high confidence and will be looking to pick up a victory at White Hart Lane. A stadium they have a good record at, having not lost in the league at Tottenham’s ground since the 2000-2001 season.

Martial and Fosu-Mensah after the Everton game | Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
Martial and Fosu-Mensah after the Everton game | Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Team News

Daley Blind, who picked up a knock during the Everton game, will most likely start after van Gaal confirmed he will be given just two days off. The Dutchman has played the most minutes in the league from the whole United squad, clearly showing how important he has been to the club this season. Ashley Young and Phil Jones featured in the U21s game against Chelsea early in the week, both have a chance of making the bench for this weekend.

Wayne Rooney has returned to training, but will have to play some minutes for the U21s in order to regain full fitness before playing for the first team once again. Also Adnan Januzaj isn’t available for United, the Belgian international suffered a thigh injury in the past week.  

Opposition - Tottenham

Tottenham have no new injury news at all. Defender Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Erik Lamela are expected to return this weekend, Lamela reportedly more likely to make the game than Vertonghen. The Argentine picked up a calf injury during the international break, he will be looking forward to return on the pitch for Tottenham very soon. Eric Dier will be playing very cautiously, the Englishman is one booking away from being suspended.