Lying fourth on the Premier League table, Spurs have picked up after a slow start under new manager Andre Villas-Boas winning five and losing just once in their last 8 games. Tottenham find themselves two points behind European champions Chelsea and know if they can come out with a positive result against Manchester United, they can leap forward Chelsea who play their London rivals Arsenal the same day.
"Down the years few clubs have provided better entertainment when they've met than Spurs and Manchester United..." - John Motson, 1986On the other hand, Manchester United go into this game top of the table seven points clear of their rivals Manchester City. Sir Alex Ferguson's side are high on confidence given that they have won won seven of their last eight games. Wayne Rooney is back in contention for a start after the English forward scored against West Ham United in United's FA Cup replay in the midweek. With away victories against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal already, United will be hoping they can continue their good form on the road this season having lost just twice in their eleven away games.
With both the sides in top form, Goal.com sets up the mood by looking back at the top 5 games between the two sides in the Premier League era..
|Manchester United 5-2 Tottenham: 2008/2009|
One of the most amazing games of the 2008-09 season was Manchester United's amazing comeback against Tottenham at Old Trafford. Darren Bent and Luka Modric had given Spurs the lead going at the end of the first half but a controversial second half penalty sparked United's comeback. Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot-kick to cut down Spurs's lead and then the Portuguese winger along with Wayne Rooney completed his brace with ex-Tottenham star Dimitar Berbatov providing the icing on the cake.
|Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham: 2012/13|
Andre Villas-Boas guided Tottenham to their first victory since 1989 at Old Trafford this season after beating United 3-2 at Old Trafford. Jonny Evans' own goal early on gave Spurs the lead as Gareth Bale added a second to give the London side a two goal advantage going into the first half. Second half saw three goals in three minutes, as United tried to make a comeback through Nani and Shinji Kagawa but Clint Dempsey's goal between the two United strikes turned out to be the decider as Spurs held onto their advantage.
|Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham: 1998/99|
The game that sealed Manchester United's Premier League title of 1999. Arguably Sir Alex Ferguson's best season as Manchester United manager where he won the historic treble of the League, Champions League and the FA Cup. It was one of the most bizarre games of the season as both sets of fans wanted the home side to emerge victorious as Tottenham didn't want Arsenal to win the league that season. Les Ferdinand scored for Spurs early on but goals from David Beckham and Andy Cole sealed the league for the red devils.
|Tottenham 3-5 Manchester United: 2001/02|
Arguably one of the best games between the two sides saw Manchester United emerge victorious. It was a game where Spurs learnt the famous lesson of never taking it easy until the final whistle when facing Sir Alex Ferguson's side. Tottenham took a 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Dean Richards, Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege before United sparked an amazing comeback. Andy Cole scored the first followed by goals from Juan Sebastian Veron, Van Nistelrooy, Laurent Blanc and David Beckham which helped them to seal three points at the Lane.
|Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham: 2004/05|
One of the most controversial games between the two sides was a goal-less draw. Although there wasn't much to brag about this fixture, the only notable moment came when a strike by Pedro Mendes began a debate in football that FIFA are still trying to work on. The Portuguese's long range strike was ruled out even though it had clearly crossed the goal line. Mark Clattenburg's poor decision prevented the away side from registering a valuable win.
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