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Spurs v Utd: Solskjaer aims to set record as Red Devils boss

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/01/2019

Mauricio Pochettino and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer go head to head as Tottenham host Manchester United in a super Sunday showdown at Wembley.

The Norwegian coach faces the biggest test of his Red Devils managerial stint and he could become the first Manchester United coach to win his first six games in charge in all competitions after he guided them to a 100 per cent record over the festive period.

Team News

As for Spurs, Son Heung-min is expected to start in what will be his final game for the club before jetting off to the Asian Cup with South Korea.

Tottenham will assess Lucas Moura for the visit of United as Brazil forward missed the midweek Carabao Cup win over Chelsea with a knee injury and will face a fitness test ahead of Sunday's game.

Eric Dier (appendicitis) and Victor Wanyama (knee) miss out, while Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are back in training but not match fit while Mousa Dembele is a doubt but looks to have played his final game for the club anyway amid reports linking him with a move to China.

 

Manchester United are set to welcome back Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman missed last weekend's FA Cup win over Reading because of a knock to the back of his right leg but Red Devils interim manager Solskjaer believes the midfielder is ready to return at Wembley on Sunday.

Marcos Rojo has returned to his native Argentina as his injury is taking longer to heal than anticipated, while Chris Smalling (foot) is a doubt and Eric Bailly completes a three-match suspension.

 Head to Head

Spurs could win three consecutive top-flight meetings with Manchester United for the first time since 1960.

Red Devils have lost their last three Premier League matches at Spurs, having been defeated just three times in the previous 23 games (W12, D8).

The two sides have scored 40 goals between them in their last six matches in all competitions.

Manchester United have not won away to Spurs since March 2012, losing each of their last three such visits.

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Spurs have won six and lost one from their last seven matches in all competition, while Red Devils won the same number games and lost one too as their north London opponents.

Manager Quotes

Tottenham manager Pochettino speaking to press ahead of the Sunday clash via Sky Sport: "We've beaten them the last three times at home in the Premier League - twice at White Hart Lane and once at Wembley.

"I don't know what happened in the past but games like Tuesday's semi-final against Chelsea please me a lot. Maybe our performance wasn't the best but we competed very well.

"The team is very competitive, that is true. I don't know if that was the case in the past between the two teams."

Manchester United caretaker manager Solskjær: "You get tested every single game in the Premier League - no doubt about it - but of course this is against a top, top side.

"If we want to get closer to them and go past them we need a good performance and a good result.

"You always adapt to any opposition. We play one of the best teams in the league. Of course we have got to be aware of their strengths.

"But we need to attack teams. That is our strength, going forward as a team when you look at us now, with the way we have played."

Spurs possible starting eleven: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Winks, Alli, Eriksen; Son, Kane

Red Devils possible starting eleven: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford

Predictions: Tottenham 2-2 Manchester United

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