Written by: @GrantMilesFF
Manchester United have won six games on the bounce in all competitions and their fourth successive Premier League win is an ominous sign for all their title rivals. David Moyes will be aware that the New Year is when the Red Devils kick on and they will be expecting another three points against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
Tim Sherwood has also had some encouraging results in his first games as Spurs boss, and he will be hoping his new attacking style of play, which his players are starting to adapt to, can really hurt United here.
The home side are sweating on the fitness of talismanic striker Wayne Rooney but will see it as a signal of intent that they managed to win last time out against Norwich at Carrow Road without Rooney or Robin Van Persie.
The England international is expected to just make it for this fixture but if not Danny Welbeck has hit a rich vein of form at the moment and he will be looking to add to his goal tally after making the scoresheet last match.
Tottenham will be hoping that their 4-4-2 formation continues to bear fruit as Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have started to form an understanding as a strike force.
Spurs will have to rely on their main pairing as Jermain Defoe is out with a hamstring strain. Paulinho is a doubt due to a slight knock and Sherwood doesn’t have a great deal of defensive cover with Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Younes Kaboul (hip) both out.. The 44 year-old will also be without midfield duo Sandro (calf) and Andros Townsend (hamstring), while Kyle Walker returns from suspension.
Man United’s Robin Van Persie is unable to make this clash and they are also missing Marouane Fellaini (wrist), Nani (hamstring), Phil Jones (knee) and Rafael (groin), but Antonio Valencia returns from suspension to make the starting line up.
David Moyes will be hoping he has already had his rough spell in December and that now United are flying through the gears they can secure victory against a resurgent Tottenham.
Manchester United vs Tottenham Pre-Match Stats
Wayne Rooney has scored nine Premier League goals against Tottenham, including seven in his last six starts versus them.
Tottenham Hotspur have won just one of the last 25 Premier League matches against Manchester United (W1 D7 L17).
Manchester United scored two goals from three shots on target in their reverse fixture against Spurs this season.
Tottenham’s victory at Old Trafford last season was their first in 21 Premier League attempts (D3 L17).
Spurs have failed to score in 13 of their last 19 league trips to Old Trafford.
Manchester United have won their last four Premier League games; they have not won 5+ in a row since a spell of seven in a row in March 2013.
Wayne Rooney needs one goal to become only the second player in Premier League history to score 10+ goals in 10 consecutive seasons (Lampard achieved this last season).
Rooney has two assists more (9) than any other Premier League player this season.
Tottenham have won more penalties than any other Premier League team this season (4 – all scored by Roberto Soldado).
However, Manchester United have now gone 76 Premier League games without conceding a penalty (equivalent to two whole seasons).