Welcome to our Tottenham v Manchester United preview for this weekend. Both Tottenham and Manchester United can be considered to be in the middle of a mini-crisis after their respective results during the last round of Premier League fixtures. Tottenham were walloped by Manchester City, while Manchester United drew at Cardiff, to leave both of these clubs in desperate need of three points. Already the natives at both of these clubs are restless, and anything less than a win will be unacceptable for either side, even though under normal circumstances a draw would be a decent result for both.

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Previous Meetings

Premier League – 20th Jan 2013 – Tottenham 1 – 1 Man Utd
Premier League – 29th Sept 2012 – Man Utd 2 – 3 Tottenham
Premier League – 4th Mar 2012 – Tottenham 1 – 3 Man Utd
Premier League – 22nd Aug 2011 – Man Utd 3 – 0 Tottenham
Premier League – 16th Jan 2011 – Tottenham 0 – 0 Man Utd
Premier League – 30th Oct 2010 – Man Utd 2 – 0 Tottenham

Goals Scored

Tottenham have scored just nine goals this season, whereas Manchester United have scored 20.

Goals Conceded

Tottenham have conceded 12 goals this season, while Manchester United have conceded 15.

Team and Selection News

Tottenham may switch Jan Vertonghen to the centre of their defence after shipping six goals at Manchester City. Jermain Defoe could also be recalled up front, as Roberto Soldado continues to struggle for goals, and Andros Townsend is likely to start. United have a huge complement of players to select for from this one, but are most notably likely to recall Robin van Persie should he recover from this recent injury problems.


Tottenham looked absolutely dismal in their 6-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City, while United have looked mediocre all season, and earned chagrin from their supporters for the 2-2 draw with Cardiff. Manchester United can already tangibly feel the title slipping out of their grasp, and while they began the season as favourites, they have been heavily demoted by the bookmakers since then. With neither manager wanting to lose, I can see both teams adopting a cautious approach to this fixture, and overall a draw seems quite likely, and given Tottenham’s goal scoring woes, a Manchester United victory would have to be the next choice.