This is the 50th Premier League meeting between the two sides, Manchester United lead the way in the head to head with 32 wins to Tottenham’s 6. Back in December when the two teams met Manchester United secured a 1-0 home win with a goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it was his first in the Premier League. Jose Mourinho has had a mixed start to his Manchester United career, he led the team to an unbeaten run of 7 months in the Premier League. Although in that time they had 12 draws and were unable to make an impact in the title race spending most of the time in 6th place. Spurs on the other hand have been competing in the top four race and trying to push Chelsea for the title. They had been on a run of nine successive wins in the Premier League and are close to sealing 2nd positon in the table. They will be looking to remain unbeaten at home for the whole season, for the 1st time since 1964/65 and match a club record run of 14 straight home wins set in 1987.
Manchester United like to line up in a 4-3-3 formation they like to have possession and use short passes, they have the 2nd best pass accuracy average in the league with 84.3%. Their difficulties have come this season in finishing the chances they create. They average 16.1 shots a game which is fourth highest in the league, but have only scored 52 goals which is eighth best in the league. They also have not managed to score a goal away from home against the top six teams. Their top goal scorer is Zlatan Ibrahimović with 16 league goals, but no other United player has managed to hit double figures this season. Spurs are presently lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, they also like to play possession football and like to control the game. They have had no trouble finding the back of the net this season scoring 71 goals, 2nd best in the league. They lead the way in shots per game and shots on target. Christian Eriksen has been their most creative player this season with 12 assists, 8 goals, most passes 1,867 and most shots 129.
Last time out Manchester United’s unbeaten run came to an end, they lost 2-0 away to Arsenal. The two goals came in 3 minutes from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck. This left them in 6th place four points behind Manchester City in fourth. Spurs also lost their unbeaten streak, losing 1-0 away to West Ham United. Manuel Lanzini 65th minute strike was enough for the hammers to secure all 3 points. Spurs remain in 2nd positon but are now 7 points behind leaders Chelsea, they require 1 point more to secure 2nd place. Harry Kane has scored against 23 of the 25 clubs he has faced in the Premier League but has yet to score against United in six appearances.
How the sides may line up:
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