Tottenham Hotspur v Man Utd – TEAM NEWS & MATCH FACTS

Ground staff have spent the day clearing snow off the pitch amid wintry weather conditions in North London, and Chris Foy must deep the surface playable.
It would be unusual to postpone a match so close to the scheduled 16:00, and the game is expected to go ahead.

TEAM NEWS
Sandro could miss the rest of the season after picking up a serious knee injury last weekend against QPR and undergoing surgery shortly afterward. Jake Livermore or Tom Huddlestone, both used sparingly this season and linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, could come in for the Brazilian.

Nemanja Vidic is set to overcome concussion to play while Wayne Rooney played the full game in United’s FA Cup third round replay win over West Ham after recovering from a knee injury. Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having surgery to resolve a bowel condition and Ashley Young is expected to just miss out with a strained knee but Ferguson has an otherwise full squad to pick from.

MANAGER QUOTES

Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham Hotspur): “The only thing we have done at the moment is hold on to our midfielders, the ones who are here. We have put on hold the movement of Jake Livermore’s possible loan to another club. It is not out of the question, I think we are still pretty happy with what we have.”

Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United): “I don’t go along with the idea we have become a one-man team. There was a time in our history when one man did carry us for a while. Eric Cantona kept us in contention with his goals when a few others were off the boil. But things are quite different now. Javier Hernandez has weighed in with 12 goals while Wayne Rooney is currently on nine.

MATCH FACTS
Robin van Persie has scored five goals and has five assists in his last 10 Premier League games against Tottenham.

Victory at Old Trafford earlier this season ended a run of 22 Premier League games without a win for Spurs against Manchester United (W0 D5 L17).

Manchester United have won eight and lost none of their last 11 Premier League matches at White Hart Lane.
Ryan Giggs has scored more Premier League goals against Tottenham than versus any other opponent (10).

Spurs have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches (W7 D2 L1).

Tottenham have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches, but have lost their last four games against other teams in the top six of the table.

Spurs have scored the highest proportion of second half goals in the top division this season (72%, 17/28).


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