Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
Old Trafford, Manchester
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 – 5.30pm kick-off
Premier League
Live on BT Sport

Manchester United and Tottenham’s first match of 2014 comes against each other on New Year’s Day, as the north Londoners travel to Old Trafford with both sides on 34 points.

Both sides have been under scrutiny this season after questionable starts to the campaign, with a run of positive results in early 2014 needed for either to potentially reach their respective ambitions this term.

United’s home form has been one of the main concerns of the David Moyes reign, with the likes of West Brom, Everton and Newcastle all coming to Old Trafford and leaving with a rare three points.

It is believed that the Premier League champions will be one of the more active Premier League clubs during the January transfer window, and as such some of the starting XI here will be playing for their long-term place in the side.

United have won their last four Premier League games and are within eight points of league leaders Arsenal.

Robin van Persie will miss the clash with injury, but hopes that Wayne Rooney will make a return will be confirmed or dashed closer to kick off. Danny Welbeck has been in good goalscoring form of late, netting four goals in four Premier League games in Van Persie’s absence, including the winner against Norwich last time out.

The first meeting of these sides at White Hart Lane earlier in the season ended in a 2-2 draw, with Rooney netting twice to neutralise goals from Kyle Walker and Sandro.

Spurs recorded their first victory at Old Trafford for 23 years last season, with a 3-2 win ending the side’s hoodoo in Manchester. The north London side’s form away from White Hart Lane this term has been excellent, with six wins from nine games on the road.

With Andre Villas-Boas shown the door after the team’s 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool, Tim Sherwood has taken over and has amassed seven points from his first three games, but this will be a real test for the new manager.

The midfield battle could well be a key area that will decide the outcome of the game, with the likes of Paulinho (if fit) and Mousa Dembele eager to get one up on their much-maligned United opposite numbers.

Spurs have resorted to a 4-4-2 formation under Sherwood, and it will be interesting to see if both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado take to the Old Trafford pitch, or whether Sherwood’s tactics become more conservative.

This fixture traditionally has a lot of goals in it, and both teams will be keen to start their 2014 with a positive result – which could well be the catalyst for the form needed to salvage the victors’ season.

TV coverage
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Mentioned on the other thread I'll be surprised if Utd many any Huge signings,we just have to keep winning and I for one don't care how it's done.Noticed on the Norwich thread the team getting crucified again,some of you never seem to take into account missing players and players coming back from injury just want to take shots.Utd had RVP,Rooney,Jones,Rafa and Tony V missing with Carrick and Kagawa coming back from injury and illness,honestly some of you need to think before commenting.The Norwich win was a great result we lost there last year

spot on mate... Norwich game was indeed a good result for us compared to last year... We need to take games one-by-one now and continue to improve on what we are doing at the moment. If we can win this, it can really boost the confidence of the players in the squad...

Spot on mate, I said on the Norwich thread it was a poor performance but who cares as long as the 3 points are gained!

Now to Spurs, be a tough game, theyve done well since bringing in a new manager which usually happens when a new man comes in but we must get the 3 points which are more than attainable, On a selfish reason I am so glad the new years day game is a 5.30pm ko as I am sure I will be waking up with a sore head, would hate to have the early ko. Not beaten Spurs in our last 3 games which is unlike us as we usually do well against them. 2 home games next 2 in league, I am sure 6 points in them would have us leapfrogging the 2 scouse teams, Come on United!
Good. time to meet Spurs i believe. I'd go for Evra and Young on the left or a new partnership of evra with Butner upfront. He os good offensively and i think he should consider switching into a winger full time. On the other problem area on the right i'd play Valencia as right back with Januzaj upfront. I think smalling gets found out on that wing. This game requires clinical finishing and Moyes will have a headache choosing between welbeck and Chicharito
3 points is a must is this game. Spurs will come to play which suits us perfectly but we have to be focused at the back and clinical up front with our chances. Anything less than 3 points means having to win a Chelsea two weeks later to have any kind of chance at the title. Right now ill take 4 points from the Spurs/Chelsea games.

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