REPORTS & PREVIEWS

29/11/2013 18:17, Report by Nathan Thomas
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Preview: Tottenham

he's netted more against them than any other opposition.

The manager: Andre Villas-Boas took the reins at White Hart Lane at the start of the last campaign. In a relatively successful first season, Spurs narrowly missed out on a Champions League place. However, 2013/14 has been distinctly more difficult for the Portuguese manager after losing talisman Gareth Bale in the summer. 

Star man: Nobody has yet filled the sizable hole left when Bale departed. However, striker Jermain Defoe has started the campaign in fine fettle, netting nine goals in all competitions.

Quote/unquote: "Spurs and United games have long been tough encounters. It won’t be easy but we will go down there and try to win the game.” – David Moyes

Whistle-blower: Wirral-born Mike Dean will be the man to officiate this midday clash. This will be Dean’s first United game so far this season; his last United match was the 2-1 home defeat in the Manchester derby in April.

Rivals watch: League leaders Arsenal make the tricky trip to Cardiff at 15:00 on Saturday, before a cluster of Sunday fixtures ensue. Liverpool’s match at Hull kicks off at 14.05, while Chelsea and Man City face Southampton and Swansea respectively in the day’s 16:10 starts.

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