Manchester United will be looking to move six points ahead of Tottenham in the race for a Champions League qualification spot when the two sides meet at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The hosts are keen to bounce back following a disappointing FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal, where they were undone by a defensive error, pounced upon by a former favourite. To make matters worse, Angel Di Maria was carelessly dismissed, meaning he will be absent for this vital clash.
The Argentine played a major part in Wayne Rooney’s headed goal, one of the few moments of genuine quality that they produced on the night, and with Radamel Falcao continuing to struggle, the Red Devils may have to rely on their captain again here. Their place in the top four looks fragile, but victory here will make it three in a row in the league.
Having missed out on the chance to claim their first silverware for seven years, Tottenham have responded well to losing to Chelsea at Wembley, winning their last two Premier League matches to move right back into contention. Win here, and it will only be goal difference separating them from a place among the elite.
After failing to net in the incident-packed win over Swansea City, Harry Kane was back to scoring form at Queens Park Rangers, using his predatory instincts to full effect to net both in the 2-1 success. But Christian Eriksen remains the real creative spark in this Spurs team, and he will fancy his chances unlocking a potentially vulnerable home defence.
Jonathan Evans joins Di Maria in serving a ban for United, who are still without Robin van Persie and have doubts over Marcos Rojo.
Tottenham still have a fully-fit squad to pick from, with Danny Rose hoping to recalled after being benched in favour of Ben Davies at Loftus Road.
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