spells with clubs including Watford, Norwich and Spurs. Recruited to the White Hart Lane coaching team by Harry Redknapp in 2008, the 44-year-old was seen in some quarters as a surprise choice as successor to Villas-Boas.
Did you know? United have not conceded a penalty in the club’s last 76 Premier League games.
Star man: Emmanuel Adebayor, sidelined for much of Villas-Boas’ tenure, has started all four matches for Spurs since Sherwood initially stepped in. Having scored three times in that run, the former Manchester City striker appears reinvigorated.
Quote/unquote: "I like to play with risk, we will give them respect but also we can’t be lambs to the slaughter. We have to make sure we get out there and impose ourselves on them as much as we can. There won’t be any fear. We won there last year, so we have already been there and imposed ourselves on Man United and hopefully the players can use that experience to go forward.” – Tim Sherwood.
Whistle-blower: Howard Webb takes charge at Old Trafford for the first time this season, having been the man in the middle for the derby defeat in September. The South Yorkshire-based official also oversaw Spurs’ 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City last month.
Rivals watch: The New Year is seen in with a full Barclays Premier League programme, with Manchester City facing Swansea at 12:45 GMT. League leaders Arsenal host managerless Cardiff at 15:00, while Liverpool will be hoping to end their sequence of festive defeats when they take on Hull at home.