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Everything on... Manchester United

All you need to know about Sunday's visitors

Fri 11 January 2019, 21:56|Tottenham Hotspur

We welcome a reinvigorated Manchester United to Wembley on Sunday as we look to complete a league double over the Red Devils for the first time in 29 years.

We stormed to a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford back in August but since then it has been all change at United, with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leading them to victory in each of his five games since succeeding Jose Mourinho.

Here’s all you need to know on Sunday’s opposition…

Team news

Solskjaer expects midfielder Paul Pogba to be back fit for the encounter at the national stadium. The French international did not feature for the Reds in their FA Cup win over Reading but has been involved in United's Dubai training camp this week.

The Red Devils will, however, will be without Marcus Rojo, who is expected to remain sidelined having not featured since early December while Chris Smalling could also miss out as he is recovering from a foot injury.

Eric Bailly misses out through suspension.

Pick up a programme!

Our official matchday programme will be on sale around Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the usual £3.50, including:
• Main feature interview with Davinson Sanchez.
• Exclusive column from Mauricio Pochettino.
• Golden Goal: Jimmy Greaves' superb solo effort against United at the Lane in 1965.
• Spurs Association: Connecting United's Fred to Heung-Min Son.
• Century of Seasons: Late 1970s, including the arrivals of Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa.
• Latest from our Development Squad, Academy and Ladies sides.

One to watch

Marcus Rashford may have only been on the first team scene since 2016, but he has certainly achieved a lot in that short space of time. In just two years of top-level football, Rashford has clinched glory in the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League, as well as representing England at both the European Championships and the World Cup, all before turning 21 last October.

Making his debut against FC Midtjylland in February, 2016, the United academy graduate scored twice in a 5-1 victory, making him the youngest-ever goalscorer in the competition, and he went on to bag another two goals just three days later on his Premier League debut against Arsenal. He collected his first cap for his country later that year and once again, he grabbed a debut goal. This season, after a difficult start, the forward has really picked up, finding the target five times in his last nine games.

Last five meetings

27 August, 2018 – Manchester United 0-3 Spurs – Premier League
21 April, 2018 – Manchester United 2-1 Spurs – FA Cup semi-final
31 January, 2018 – Spurs 2-0 Manchester United – Premier League
28 October, 2017 – Manchester United 1-0 Spurs – Premier League
14 May, 2017 – Spurs 2-1 Manchester United – Premier League

Previous clash

We had a night to remember when we visited United back in August as we collected our first win in four years at Old Trafford. After an even first half where neither side could break the deadlock, we took the game to the Reds in the second period, storming to a 3-0 victory.

Harry Kane opened our account on 50 minutes as he headed Kieran Trippier’s corner past David De Gea. Two minutes later we doubled our lead through Lucas Moura as he popped up in the right place at the right time to send the ball home.

And with just six minutes remaining, the Brazilian forward was again producing the magic as he flashed through the centre of the home side’s defence before firing past De Gea, capping off a sublime night for us in Manchester.

United’s form

It is five wins out of five for United under Solskjaer following his return to the Club in December. The Norwegian’s reign started off against another one of his former clubs as he took his team to Cardiff City, where they soared to a 5-1 victory. Back-to-back home wins followed against Huddersfield and Bournemouth before a testing trip to Newcastle United. Solskjaer’s side came away unscathed from the north-east, however, as they earned a comfortable 2-0 win, before they progressed to the next round of the FA Cup later that week, dispatching Reading 2-0.

Magic moment

We found the back of the net three times in the space of just six minutes as we cantered to a 3-0 home win over United back in April, 2016. We had not beaten the Red Devils at home since 2001 and it was looking as if that run would continue as, in the first period, we had struggled to breach their defence. In the second half, however, we found our breakthrough when Dele Alli fired us into the lead on 70 minutes and six minutes later, we were 3-0 up, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela also finding the target.

Played for both

Goal machine Teddy Sheringham enjoyed two bright spells for us either side of a four-year stint in Manchester. Starting his career with south London outfit Millwall, Teddy would then spend a season with Nottingham Forest before joining us for the first time in 1992.

The forward had a stunning first season with us as he picked up the inaugural Premier League golden boot with 22 goals in 41 games. It would be a strike rate he would keep up over the next four years, as he finished his initial spell with us having found the back of the net on average once every two games.

In 1997, the England international moved to Old Trafford where he would go on to win three Premier League titles in four seasons as well as the Champions League as part of the famous treble in 1999. He returned to north London in 2001 and spent another two seasons with us, scoring 25 goals, before signing for Portsmouth in 2003.

What they’re saying

Solskjaer spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of Sunday's clash at Wembley and discussed his attacking philosophy as well as the threat posed by Harry Kane.

“You always adapt to any opposition we play. You all know the best teams in the league and of course we have to be aware of their strengths," United's interim manager explained.

"But I've been brought up in a way that we need to attack teams. I think that's our strength as well, going forward and attacking as a team when you look at us now, the way we've played.

“We're not going to get as many chances to attack against (Spurs) as we've had before, so we've got to be ready for when we get hold of the ball and play well with it to make sure we use the whole pitch because Wembley is a decent-sized pitch as well.

"(Harry Kane's) a fantastic goalscorer - one of the best in the world to play up there. Then again I've got a couple (of strikers) as well that I'm happy to work with.

“Having players like (Harry), he's also a top, top professional and I'm sure whoever plays with him and trains with him can talk more about him. But from the outside, he's a fantastic finisher, he never misses chances really, so let's make sure he doesn't get any against us.”