Premier League Preview: Manchester United – Tottenham

Spurs look for positive start to Premier League while the Red Devils look to continue perfect start to competitive season, with both sides suffering from defensive injury woes.

De Gea
Fabio, Smalling, Evans, Evra
Nani, Cleverley, Anderson, Young
Welbeck, Rooney

Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Huddlestone, Kranjčar, Bale
Van der Vaart
With both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic sidelined with injury, expect Chris Smalling to revert to center back alongside Jonny Evans, with Fabio filling in at his natural right back position and Patrice Evra returning to the side at left back.

After back-to-back wins over Manchester City and West Brom, Sir Alex Ferguson may hand a second consecutive start to midfield youngster Tom Cleverley, who was influential in both games, while Danny Welbeck should be given further time to bed in up front with Wayne Rooney.

Harry Redknapp will name a similar side to the one that ran rampant in Thursday’s 5-0 Europa League Victory away to Hearts, with Tom Huddlestone and Niko Kranjčar in the center of the midfield.

Redknapp says that although Luka Modric could have played through injury in Tottenham's Premier League opener against Manchester United, he will not feature because "his head's not in the right place". The midfielder has been link to a move to Chelsea all summer.

The injury list at White Hart Lane remains ever present, however, with Steven Pienaar joining William Gallas, Ledley King, Wilson Palacios and Jermaine Jenas on the sidelines in recent weeks.

  • The last time Tottenham tasted victory at Old Trafford was in 1989, when Gary Lineker grabbed the winner for the north Londoners.

  • This is a fixture which rarely goes without controversy. In 2005, Pedro Mendes half-way line effort beat then Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll and crossed the line, only for the goal to be notoriously not given.

  • Last season, Spurs stopper Heurelho Gomes was on the receiving end of further controversy, when Portuguese winger Nani capitalized upon a mix up between the Brazilian and referee Mark Clattenburg to help the Red Devils to a 2-0 victory.

  • Tottenham last beat the current Premier League champions back in May 2001, when it inflicted a 3-1 final day of the season defeat upon Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at White Hart Lane.

  • Monday night’s hosts remained unbeaten at home throughout last season, and only once did they fail to take all three points, with West Brom securing a 2-2 draw at the Theatre of Dreams in October.

  • This will be Tottenham’s first game of the 2011-2012 Premier League season, after last week’s clash at home against Everton was postponed due to civil unrest in the capital.