Antonio Valencia in action against Tottenham's Mousa Dembele

Tottenham v United: All the essential info

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will look to claim the biggest scalp of the resurgence so far, when travelling to Wembley on Sunday to face the Premier League’s third-placed team, Tottenham Hotspur.

United's first home defeat of the season was inflicted by Spurs when the teams last met in late August, due to Harry Kane’s guided header and a double from Lucas Moura. However, the Reds were triumphant during the most recent clash between the clubs at the national stadium, coming from behind to win 2-1 in last season’s FA Cup semi-finals.
Sunday's encounter is Solskjaer’s first duel with any of the league’s top four clubs during his short stint as caretaker manager, but the Norwegian has made a fine start by winning all five of his matches so far. Should he extend that run this weekend, he would become the first United boss to win away at Tottenham Hotspur since Sir Alex Ferguson in March 2012 (Wembley was classed as a neutral venue for last year’s semi-final).
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Spurs v United: Key match details

Sunday 13 January 2019 | Premier League | Wembley Stadium | 16:30 GMT kick-off | Live build-up on MUTV from 15:00 GMT | Referee: Mike Dean

Earlier in the week, Solskjaer told MUTV that Marcos Rojo had flown home from the training camp in Dubai due to problems with an injury, while Fred is currently on paternity leave as his partner prepares to give birth. Paul Pogba picked up a knock in the win at Newcastle on 2 January, but he joined the squad in the Middle East, trained there and was declared fit by the caretaker manager in Thursday's pre-match press conference. Chris Smalling was also working on his recovery in Dubai, having missed all of the matches under Solskjaer due to a foot issue. Late in 2018, the Norwegian did hint that the defender might be ready to return around the time of the Spurs match. Victor Lindelof was given a break for the FA Cup win over Reading, but has started all the Premier League games under Solskjaer, so he could return to the starting XI to make what would be his 50th United appearance in all competitions. Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, has returned to Argentina for rehabilitation.
The man who netted twice against United in August, Lucas Moura, missed the Lilywhites’ semi-final first leg win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, after picking up a knee injury during the 7-0 FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers last Friday. He will be assessed ahead of the match. Eric Dier (appendicitis) and Victor Wanyama (knee) are making progress in their respective recoveries but are expected to miss out again this weekend, while Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele have overcome recent complaints to return to training. Impressive forward Son Heung-min is set to join up with South Korea for the Asian Cup after this fixture.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been in fine fettle for large chunks of the season, with Watford and Wolves being the only two Premier League sides outside the top five to take any points from them. Spurs have won 15 of their last 18 matches in all competitions, and have scored 23 goals in the six most recent fixtures, including the thumping wins over Everton (6-2), Bournemouth (5-0) and Tranmere (7-0). Harry Kane is of course their leading marksman with 20 goals to date but five of his team-mates have also netted more than five goals each this season - Son, Moura, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Lamela - to prove their potency in attack. All that said, four teams have beaten the Lilywhites at Wembley this season: Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester City and Wolves.
Kane’s brutal efficiency in front of goal and his centrality to Spurs’ style of play means he features heavily in any Tottenham-related chat, and the England captain was in the headlines again after scoring the only goal in the victory over Chelsea on Tuesday. His VAR-determined penalty was his 160th goal for the club, which helped him supplant Cliff Jones as Tottenham’s fourth greatest goalscorer.

But it’s also worth highlighting the aforementioned Son, who has been scything through opposition defences with extra relish during recent weeks. The whippet-quick South Korean has seven goals and five assists in his last seven appearances, and his pace and shooting quality with both feet add a further dimension to the north London side’s forward line. Premier League defences will certainly be glad to see him temporarily removed from action due to his upcoming international commitments at the Asian Cup, but United will have to deal with him if they are to record that first away win at Spurs since 2012.

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This will be only the second time we’ve played at Wembley outside of cup competitions and the Community Shield, and the lads will have to perform much better than we did on that initial Premier League visit last January - when Christian Eriksen’s first-minute strike and a Phil Jones own goal earned Tottenham a comfortable 2-0 win. But, just months later, we did come from behind to beat Spurs on their own patch in the FA Cup semi-final, through goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera. In general, our record at Wembley is solid, with 23 wins, 12 draws and 17 defeats. When it comes to our new caretaker manager, Solskjaer faced Sunday’s opposition 13 times, winning 10, drawing one and losing just two, while bagging seven goals.
Mike Dean will take charge of this one - his third United match of the season, following the 2-1 win at Watford and the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He brandished a red card to Nemanja Matic in that first game at Vicarage Road - after the Serbian had picked up a second yellow for a late challenge in injury time – while seven players were booked in the clash against Maurizio Sarri’s side. Dean will be assisted by Darren Cann, Dan Robathan and fourth official Andre Marriner.


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One to watch

Along with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min has been Tottenham's outstanding performer of late. The South Korean's goals and assists have helped drive the team's impressive form during December and January.

All 20 of the Premier League’s teams are in action over three days, starting with the all-London clash between West Ham and Arsenal in the Saturday lunchtime game. United’s trip to Spurs is arguably the pick of this round of fixtures (we’re biased, admittedly!), which culminates with Man City versus Wolves at the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.

Here's the full schedule - all matches kick off at 15:00 GMT unless stated.
West Ham v Arsenal, 12:30 GMT
Brighton v Liverpool
Burnley v Fulham
Cardiff v Huddersfield
Crystal Palace v Watford
Leicester v Southampton
Chelsea v Newcastle, 17:30 GMT
Everton v Bournemouth, 14:15 GMT
Spurs v United, 16:30 GMT
Man City v Wolves, 20:00 GMT
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