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30/12/2013 11:41, Report by M Froggatt/T Oscroft
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Preview: United v Spurs

The Manager: Tim Sherwood spent the bulk of his playing career with Blackburn Rovers, who he captained to the Barclays Premier League title in 1995, and the midfielder also had 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.

Last meeting: It’s just one month since the Reds faced the Lillywhites at the Lane, with a brace from Wayne Rooney helping to secure a hard-earned point in a 2-2 draw.

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

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