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Tottenham VS Man United: Records at stake as stats suggest tight Wembley encounter

Tottenham VS Man United: Records at stake as stats suggest tight Wembley encounter

11 Jan 2019, 20:00

In his own words, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said his real test as Manchester United interim boss will be the Sunday 13th trip to Wembley where Tottenham Hotspur lay waiting.

Spurs sit third on the log and their performance has been incredibly good bar their 3-1 loss to Wolves. Their 48 points tally after 21 games of the season is the highest of any 3rd placed side in history. They are from a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup first leg semi-final and a 7-0 win over Tranmere in the Carabao Cup clash. So what awaits Solskjaer and his charges only Mauricio Pochetino can answer for now though.

Solskjaer oversaw a 2-0 win over Reading in the FA and that made him the first manager ever in England to win five games on a row with a 2 goal margin since 1888. But Spurs will provide the rejuvenated Red Devils machine with a real litmus test because the Londoners have won their last 3 home league games against Man Utd with  8 of the last 9 meetings between these sides has been won by the home team.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Last six meetings: Tottenham W3, Man Utd W3.
All-time meetings: Tottenham W52, Man Utd W90, D48.

Tottenham Probable XI:  (4-1-4-1): Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Winks; Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane.

Missing: Vertonghen (Injured), Dembele (Injured), Janssen (Injured), Wanyama (Injured), Dier (Injured)

Doubtful: Lucas Moura (Injured)

Man United Probable XI: line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.

Missing:  Smalling (Injured), Bailly (Suspended)

Doubtful: Sanchez (Injured), Pogba (Injured), Rojo (Injured)

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  • Manchester United have lost their last three away Premier League matches against Spurs – they had lost just three of their first 23 against them in the competition between 1992 and 2014 (W12 D8).
  • Spurs could become the first team since Everton in 1987 to win four consecutive home top-flight matches against Manchester United.
  • Manchester United have lost two of their last three matches at Wembley in all competitions (including this exact fixture last season), as many as they had in their last 15 at the ground (W8 D5 L2).
  • Manchester United have won just four of their last 17 away Premier League matches in London (D4 L9).
    Tottenham haven’t lost consecutive home league games since May 2015, when they lost against Aston Villa and Man City.
  • After winning their last four league games against fellow ‘big six’ opposition last season, Manchester United are winless in their five such matches this term (D2 L3).
  • A victory here would see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer equal Matt Busby’s record of a Manchester United manager winning their first five league games in charge of the club.
  • Harry Kane and Lucas Moura (2) were on the scoresheet in Tottenham’s 3-0 win in the reverse fixture – only Clint Dempsey in 2012-13 and Jermaine Jenas in 2005-06 have scored home and away against Man Utd for Spurs in the same Premier League campaign.
  • Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League starts.
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