Danny Welbeck (R)
Danny Welbeck [Reuters]

Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in the most anticipated fixture of the Premier League on New Year's Day.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5:30pm GMT. Live coverage is on BT Sport 1. Radio commentary of the game will be on BBC Radio 5 Live. Catch the highlights of the game on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10:50pm GMT.


United have won their last six matches scoring 13 goals while maintaining four clean sheets in the process. David Moyes will be happy that his players have bounced back positively since suffering their consecutive defeats to Everton and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in the league.

The Scotsman will be hoping to begin 2014 with a win as he looks to guide his side to defend the Premier League title. United narrowly beat Norwich City by a solitary goal scored by Danny Welbeck in the final game of 2013.

The last meeting between the two sides in the league ended in a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane with Wayne Rooney scoring a brace for the hosts. After playing 19 games in the league this season, both United and Spurs have amassed 34 points. But the reigning English champions are sixth in the league table, one spot above the north London club due to a superior goal difference.

Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor [Reuters]

Spurs come into this game after achieving a 3-0 victory against Stoke City at White Hart Lane in their previous league fixture. The north London club have been highly inconsistent this season and have not managed to beat any team who are above them in the league table. In their last 10 league matches, they have shipped in a staggering 19 goals, including the humiliating defeats suffered against Manchester City (6-0) and Liverpool (5-0).

This campaign, Spurs have registered six wins out of the nine matches they have played on their travels. Tim Sherwood will be hoping that his side can maintain their away form and take all three points like they did last season in this fixture.

What Managers Say

David Moyes: "I don't think anybody is jumping up and down because we've won six games in a row. I think it is what is expected here. We'd like the league position to be better but we'll keep trying to achieve that. Sir Alex was changing teams and building new teams and I do think, in the coming months and years, there will be rebuilding. I have no doubt about that. We'll be looking to do that and aim for that in the future."

Tim Sherwood: "I like to play with risk, we will give them respect but also we can't be lambs to the slaughter. We have to make sure we get out there and impose ourselves on them as much as we can. There won't be any fear. We won there last year, so we have already been there and imposed ourselves on Man United and hopefully the players can use that experience to go forward."

Form Guide

David Moyes

Manchester United

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Norwich City 0-1 Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W D W L L
  • Last Result: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Stoke City

Team News

Manchester United

  • Injured: Rafael (groin), Phil Jones (knee), Nani (hamstring), Robin van Persie (groin), Marouane Fellaini (wrist)
  • Doubtful: Wayne Rooney (groin)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: De Gea; Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley; Valencia, Kagawa, Young; Welbeck

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Injured: Younes Kaboul (thigh), Sandro (calf), Andros Townsend (hamstring), Jan Vertonghen (ankle), Paulinho (ankle)
  • Doubtful: Jermain Defoe (hamstring)
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Rose; Lennon, Capoue, Holtby, Eriksen; Adebayor, Soldado