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MAN UNITED VS TOTTENHAM

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

UNITED (4-1-3-2)

DE GEA, McNAIR, JONES, ROJO, SHAW, BLIND, HERRERA, CARRICK, DI MARIA, FELLAINI, ROONEY, FALCAO

TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)

KANE, LAMELA,

DEMBELE, TOWNSEND, BENTALEB, MASON, ROSE, VERTONGHEN, DIER, WALKER, LLORIS

Fourth-place Manchester United face sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur with only three points separating the two teams chasing places in the Champions League spots.

United were knocked out of the FA Cup last Monday, losing 2-1 at home to Arsenal, but in the league they have won 11, the equal best return at home in the competition with leaders Chelsea.

United have also scored 30 goals at Old Trafford, again the equal best (with Arsenal). Tottenham will be concerned that they have conceded 20 away goals, the most of any team in the top eight in the Premier League.

When these teams met at White Hart Lane in December it ended in a goalless draw with United unchanged for the first time in 85 games.

United have lost just once in their last seven league outings, at Swansea, while they have conceded just 10 home goals, the joint fewest at home in the league.

Since losing in the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley, Spurs have won successive league games, against Swansea and Queens Park Rangers, ending a sequence of five games in all competitions without a win.

United are without two players through suspension; Jonny Evans is banned for six games after being found guilty of spitting during the game against Newcastle earlier this month while Angel Di Maria is also banned following his red card during the Arsenal cup tie.

United also have doubts over Ashley Young and Luke Shaw while striker Robin van Persie remains on the side-lines with an ankle problem.