This conflict is all about European ambitions, with United seeking to consolidate their standing as a top-four finisher and the UEFA Champions League berth that can include it, whereas Spurs are preventing to succeed in that very same bracket, or at the least fifth-place and a spot within the UEFA Europa League.
Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho might be hoping to see his facet present extra togetherness because the season enters the ultimate stretch.
“The selfishness is round, the person pursuits are round, the brokers are round, the connections between brokers and press are round,” stated the Portuguese. “And as a substitute of growing a sense of a crew, empathy, ‘I do for you, you do for me’, ‘I win if I play 90 minutes, I win if I’m within the stands’. That is one thing that you just want time to develop in a bunch.”
United, in the meantime, nonetheless boast an unbeaten away file within the Premier League and might be focusing on a revenge victory for the surprising 6-1 loss they suffered by the hands of Spurs when the groups met at Previous Trafford earlier this season.
“That’s what we’re striving in direction of. I’ve been impressed, below these circumstances, that are unprecedented,” stated supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “I don’t assume anybody on the earth, or in England, has skilled these instances earlier than and I’ve been impressed by my boys. They’ve been wonderful and the run we’ve been on has been wonderful.”
Key gamers watch
Harry Kane – Tottenham’s captain and talisman is all the time a extremely influential determine, along with his penchant for each targets and assists making him one of the crucial potent attacking gamers anyplace within the Premier League.
Paul Pogba – If the French midfielder can stay match for the rest of the season, then he could possibly be a large presence for Man United as they chase a spot within the high 4 of the Premier League and success on the UEFA Europa League entrance.
In head-to-head stats, Tottenham and United have met in 194 matches throughout all competitions since their first conflict again in 1899. The Purple Devils have claimed 92 wins in comparison with 53 for Spurs, whereas 49 video games have been drawn.
As talked about above, the earlier Premier League conflict between the groups, performed in Manchester in October 2020, noticed a thumping 6-1 win for Tottenham due to targets from Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-min (two), Harry Kane (two) and Serge Aurier.
Battles to observe
Jose Mourinho vs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – Tottenham supervisor Mourinho will hope his facet present extra management and pro-active play after they welcome Man United, whereas ‘OGS’ will wish to see his fees use their tempo and talent to its full and devastating impact.
Serge Aurier vs Luke Shaw – The Manchester United left-back has been one in every of his crew’s finest performers this season, offering each defensive stability and an attacking thrust. He’ll come face-to-face with Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier, who was extremely spectacular when the groups met in October final 12 months.
Gareth Bale vs Daniel James – Two Welsh wizards who’ve turn out to be more and more influential in current weeks, Bale and James will look to utilise their attacking instruments on Sunday night. Bale has the sting in talent and expertise, however James has tempo and vitality to burn.