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Premier League

  • March 4, 2012
  • • 17:10
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Atkinson
  • • Attendance: 36034

Tottenham - Manchester United Preview: Spurs seeking first win over Red Devils in 26 attempts

Defending champions take an impressive record to White Hart Lane on Sunday and have Wayne Rooney back in contention, while the hosts also have key players fit again after injury



Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Kranjcar, Sandro, Modric, Bale
Van Der Vaart

De Gea
Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra
Nani, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs
Rooney, Welbeck

At one stage it looked like Tottenham would be without their star man Gareth Bale after the winger missed Wales' midweek clash with Costa Rica due to a hamstring injury; however, Harry Redknapp has suggested that the former Southampton man will recover in time for Sunday's game.

Spurs are also hoping Rafael van der Vaart (calf), Kyle Walker (ankle) and Ledley King (knee) will all pass late fitness tests before the visit of the champions, but long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and William Gallas remain sidelined.

Scott Parker will also be unavailable for the match at White Hart Lane after seeing red in the north London derby last weekend, and central midfield is therefore where the manager's main selection headache lies, with Jake Livermore and Sandro vying for a starting place.

As for Manchester United there is also some good news regarding their main man, Wayne Rooney. The striker has recovered from a throat infection that has kept him out of the squad for the last couple of fixtures.

Sir Alex Ferguson still has a number of injury worries though: Antonio Valencia (hamstring) and Tom Cleverley (foot) are still out and Chris Smalling is a fresh doubt after suffering a clash of heads while representing England against the Netherlands on Wednesday. Ashley Young played the whole 90 minutes in that international friendly and therefore may not start, while Michael Owen returned to training in the week but will not be match fit in time for the Spurs clash.

  • Tottenham have failed to beat Sir Alex Ferguson's side since May 2001 - a total of 21 Premier League meetings without a win, and 25 in all competitions.
  • Spurs need one more draw at White Hart Lane to record their 100th in the history of the top-flight.
  • The hosts have failed to score in four out of the last five league and cup meetings with United.
  • Harry Redknapp's side have netted more goals than anyone one else in the opening 15 minutes of league games this season (10), while the Red Devils are one of just two teams yet to concede in the first quarter of an hour.
  • Manchester United have already won 30 points away from home this campaign, which is five more than their total for the whole of last season.
  • Wayne Rooney (pictured right) has scored in six out of his last seven league games against Tottenham, with Ryan Giggs netting more league goals against Spurs than any other team (10).
  • The Red Devils have only managed three clean sheets in their last 12 domestic games.
  • United centre-back Rio Ferdinand will make his 450th league appearance in English football if he plays a part on Sunday.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's strike partnership at White Hart Lane could be Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, two men who scored in United's 3-0 win over Spurs in the first game at Old Trafford this season.
  • Harry Redknapp's surprise January signing Louis Saha could face his former club for the first time in a Tottenham shirt. He played 124 games for Manchester United and scored 42 goals after signing for around £12 million from Fulham in 2004.

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