United host Tottenham in the first Old Trafford match of the 2011/12 season...
United began the new Barclays Premier League season with a gritty 2-1 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns, a promising sign for the Reds considering Sir Alex Ferguson’s side only picked up five away wins last season. Tottenham, meanwhile, are yet to start their domestic campaign after last weekend’s opener with Everton was postponed because of the London riots. Spurs were in action on Thursday, however, and showed no signs of rustiness in a 5-0 win over Hearts in their Europa League play-off first leg.
Ins and outs
The United medical team is surprisingly busy at the minute, with up to six first-team players either suffering, or recovering from knocks. Defenders Rio Ferdinand (hamstring) and Nemanja Vidic (calf) were both injured against the Baggies and are unavailable, as are Rafael (shoulder), Darren Fletcher (virus), Antonio Valencia (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (concussion). As a result, youngsters Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are all set to deputise at the back against Spurs, who are similarly struggling with injuries. Harry Redknapp could be without Luka Modric, Tom Huddlestone, Steven Pienaar, Jermaine Jenas and William Gallas.
Tottenham boss Redknapp had challenged his side to lay down a significant marker in the title race by beating United at White Hart Lane in January, though he did not get the result he craved. The match produced a tightly-fought 0-0 draw, a result that extended the Reds' unbeaten league run to 21 games.
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