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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United

11th January 2019, 14:11 by James Mason

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is aiming for win number six on Sunday when Manchester United travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham.

Since being appointed interim boss until the end of the season, Solskjaer has won all five matches in charge, beating Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle in the Premier League before dispatching Reading in the FA Cup.

The clash against Spurs represents the Dane's toughest test but there is a huge amount riding on the match in London, as a sixth straight win for the Red Devils would see the gap to Mauricio Pochettino's men reduced to seven points.

United are without Argentine defender Marcos Rojo, who has returned to his homeland for rehabilitation on an injury, while Fred is currently on paternity leave as his partner prepares to give birth.

Midfielder Paul Pogba is expected to start after recovering from a knock picked up in the win at Newcastle on January 2 whilst centre-back Victor Lindelof, who was rested for the FA Cup win over Reading, is set to be reinstalled to the starting XI.

Spurs are on a three-game winning run heading into the contest, having beaten Cardiff 3-0, Tranmere 7-0 and Chelsea 1-0, and they are firmly in the hunt for Premier League glory once again.

Pochettino's men did lose their last Wembley outing in the league - a 3-1 defeat to Wolves - but they have triumphed six times at home in the league this season and will be confident of racking up another victory.

Tottenham remain without midfielder Eric Dier, who is back in training after appendicitis, whilst Kenya international Victor Wanyama is progressing to the late stages of rehabilitation from a knee injury.

Lucas Moura will be assessed as he is struggling with a knee problem whilst Son Heung-min will be playing his last game before going away to the Asian Cup with South Korea.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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