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Tottenham vs Man United

Published:Saturday | December 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

LLORIS, WALKER, FAZIO, VERTONGHEN, DAVIES, STAMBOULI, BENTALEB, LAMELA, ERIKSEN, CHADLI, KANE

UNITED (4-4-2)

FALCAO, VAN PERSIE, YOUNG, ROONEY, MATA, VALENCIA, EVANS, SMALLING, McNAIR, JONES,

DE GEA

Tottenham Hotspur are back at White Hart Lane where they have already lost four games. Manchester United, by contrast, have won just two of their eight away games. However, they beat Leicester City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day and that was their fifth league and cup win in a row. Harry Kane scored in the first minute for Spurs to claim his 15th goal of the season.

And Spurs have a good recent record against United, winning on their last two trips to Old Trafford and drawing the last two at home.

Last season, this fixture ended 2-2 with Wayne Rooney scoring a brace, including a 57th-minute penalty that earned United a draw.

Indeed, United's Barclays Premier League record at White Hart Lane is good. In 21 visits in the Premier League, United have won 11, drawn seven and lost just three times.

No fewer than five of the last seven clashes at White Hart Lane have ended in draws. Spurs last beat United at home in May 2001; since then, Tottenham have lost eight and drawn five.

United, meanwhile, beat Newcastle 3-1 with Wayne Rooney, their captain, netting his seventh and eighth goals of the season while Robin van Persie scored a third from the penalty spot.

In that game Van Gaal gave a Premier League debut to 19-year-old Adam Armstrong while another youngster, Paddy McNair, also featured and the pair could be involved again. Chris Smalling returned to the bench after illness and could also be involved.