Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur match preview
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur match preview IB Times UK

This should be a hugely interesting encounter between the two sides chasing Manchester City, at the top of the league.

The home side, Tottenham, will be under a lot of pressure to deliver a positive result, after a disappointing 2-5 defeat to Arsenal. Their situation will not be made any easier with injuries to key players like Gareth Bale Rafael van der Vaart, William Gallas and the suspension of Scott Parker. However, their good home form will mean they should be relatively more confident going into this game.

This is an equally important fixture for the Red Devils, who only just managed a 2-1 win over Norwich in their last game. A defeat at White Hart Lane could be disastrous to their chances of winning the league. Given City's imperious form at the top of the table, this is definitely a must-win for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Manchester United Probable Team: De Gea; Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Jones; Young, Carrick, Scholes, Nani; Welbeck; Rooney.

Tottenham Probable Team: Friedel; Walker (doubtful), Dawson, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Kranjcar; Saha; Adebayor