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Match Preview: Tottenham v United

When and where can I watch it?
United make the trip to Tottenham on Sunday 14 May, with kick-off scheduled for 16:30 BST. The game will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports and fans can also follow the action in's live match blog and via the club's official Twitter account, @ManUtd. MUTV subscribers can tune in to Match Day Live from 15:30 BST for all the build-up to the game and then listen to live radio commentary, before watching the 90 minutes in full from midnight.

Setting the scene…
After our record-breaking 25-game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end at Arsenal last Sunday, the Reds are back in north London this weekend, fresh from the euphoria of reaching the Europa League final on Thursday night. With the Gunners moving up to fifth following their midweek win over Southampton, United will be looking to maintain the pressure on the teams above.

Meanwhile, with Chelsea able to wrap up the title with victory at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, three points for Spurs would guarantee them second place and cap another excellent domestic season. Mauricio Pochettino's men currently have a seven-point cushion over third-placed Liverpool and boast one of the best home records in the country, winning their last seven games in all competitions at White Hart Lane. So, it promises to be another stern test of United's credentials but, as shown against the league leaders last month, the Reds can rise to any challenge.

How are both sides doing?
Well, it's fair to say the Reds have struggled for consistency in the league lately. After impressive victories over Sunderland, Chelsea and Burnley without conceding a goal, United are winless in the last three games but had won the previous four league games on the road before the loss at the Emirates Stadium, less than 72 hours after the conclusion of the Europa League semi-final first leg against Celta Vigo in Spain. As far as Tottenham are concerned, their title hopes were all but extinguished by a 1-0 defeat at West Ham United last Friday night. The surprise loss came after they bounced back from the Emirates FA Cup semi-final defeat by Chelsea with successive wins over London rivals Arsenal and Crystal Palace, earning boss Pochettino and forward Son Heung-Min the Premier League Manager and Player of the Month awards for April respectively.

So, who's available to play?
That's a good question! We know already the Reds will be without five players, with Jose Mourinho confirming on Wednesday the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young will be out for the rest of the season. Marouane Fellaini will serve the final game of his three-match domestic suspension but Eric Bailly's ban following his dismissal against Celta Vigo applies only to European competitions. Spurs, meanwhile, remain without the injured Harry Winks and Erik Lamela but Danny Rose could return after a lengthy absence with a knee-ligament problem.

What happened earlier in the season?
United came away with all three points from a tight encounter when the sides met in December at the Theatre of Dreams, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's first Premier League goal just before the half-hour mark proved the difference to earn the Reds a 1-0 victory over our top-four rivals.

How have we fared against Spurs in the past?
The Reds have the upper hand in the head-to-head record against Spurs over the years. This weekend's clash represents the 186th meeting of the sides in all competitions and United have won 88, drawn 48 and lost 49 of the previous encounters. Although winning the last three games at Old Trafford, United have not beaten the Lilywhites away from home since a 3-1 success in March 2012, as Spurs ran out 3-0 winners in last season's corresponding fixture after three successive draws between the sides at White Hart Lane.

Did you know?
Sunday's match brings together the two sides which have lost the fewest games in the Premier League this season. Both United and Spurs have each only tasted defeat just four times in 35 matches.

So long, farewell…
After being part of the final game at West Ham's Upton Park last season, the Reds will also have the honour of providing the opposition for what is Tottenham's final home game before they leave their White Hart Lane home at the end of the season to enable the development of a new 700million stadium on adjacent land to continue. As they did for Champions League games earlier this season, Spurs are set to play their home matches at Wembley next season.

Who is the referee?
The man in the middle for Sunday's game will be Jon Moss, who takes charge of his fifth United game of the season after officiating both matches at Hull in the Premier League and EFL Cup, November's home draw with West Ham and, most recently, the win at Middlesbrough in March. He will be assisted by Eddie Smart and Andy Halliday, with Lee Mason acting as fourth official.

Who else is playing this weekend?
There is the usual full fixture list over the weekend, spread over Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's the rest of the programme…

Friday 12 May

Everton v Watford (19:45 BST)
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea (20:00 BST)

Saturday 13 May (15:00 BST unless stated)
Manchester City v Leicester City (12:30 BST)
Bournemouth v Burnley
Middlesbrough v Southampton
Sunderland v Swansea City
Stoke City v Arsenal (17:30 BST)

Sunday 14 May
Crystal Palace v Hull City (12:00 BST)
West Ham United v Liverpool (14:15 BST)

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