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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United- Preview and possible lineups

Kane and Eriksen will look to strengthen their side's title bid. AFP

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United- Preview and possible lineups

Ciara Fleming by Ciara Fleming @rfutbol - 7 +18k

We take a look ahead to the Premier League crunch clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United from Wembley.

TEAM NEWS:

Tottenham Hotspur: 

Given that manager Pochettino has been consistently linked with the permanent vacancy at Old Trafford, there will no doubt be an extra edge in the air when the sides take to the field on Saturday. Tottenham could move back up to second place with a win, although this could also turn out to only be temporary, depending on how rivals Manchester City perform at home to Wolves on Monday. 

Tottenham have won 15 of their last 18 matches in all competitions, including three victories since the turn of the new year. That said, no side is as well versed in slipping up in recent years than 'Spurs'. Their renewed presence in all four competitions is encouraging, but it has reached the point where a piece of silverware this season is almost a necessity. 

Regarding team news for this crunch clash, Tottenham will be without Mousa Dembele, as it seems that a departure to the Chinese Super League is all but complete. Aside from that, Pochettino has a full compliment of stars to choose from. 

Manchester United:

Amid all of the rumours surrounding his adversary this weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains high hopes of keeping the reigns at Old Trafford come the end of the season. That said, it would be a good audition for the Norwegian to beat his top rival for the role, in what is undoubtedly his toughest test yet in the United hot seat. 

United will hold hopes of continuing their resurgence under Solskjaer at Wembley, with five consecutive wins behind them going into the clash. So, in terms of absentees for the 'Red Devils' on Sunday, Alexis Sanchez is doubtful to appear, after limping out of the side's FA Cup win over reading last week. Likewise, the match arrives too soon for Chris Smalling, who is also recovering from a knock, and Eric Bailly, who remains suspended. One key returnee though is Frenchman Paul Pogba, who is back at full fitness after recovering from a leg injury sustained against Newcastle.

PRE-MATCH MUSINGS:

Pochettino on ambitions for the season and tough United task:

"All the games are so important because we are going to play for three points. My feeling after Wolves and Watford when we lose is the same feeling when you lose against Liverpool or another team. Always it’s special to play – you play for your objectives, your pride."

"Of course, it’s a massive game because it’s Manchester United, everyone knows what it means to play against Manchester United but, this season, all look like big games and all are important. Of course, we are so excited and be sure that we are going to be ready to compete in our best way.”

Solskjaer on continuity and Tottenham's threats:

"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. 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."

"(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...he's a fantastic finisher, he never misses chances really, so let's make sure he doesn't get any against us.”

FORM GUIDE:

DID YOU KNOW?

In the last eight fixtures between the two teams in all competitions, the sides have alternated between wins and defeats. 

If Tottenham win this weekend, it will be the first time that they have recorded back to back wins against United since 1990. 

United have not won away at Tottenham since March 2012, and have also lost their last three visits to the home of the 'Lilywhites'. 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS:

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Winks, Alli, Eriksen; Son, Kane.

Manchester United:De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Herrera, Matic; Lingard, Pogba, Martial; Rashford.

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