MANCHESTER UNITED VS TOTTENHAM PREVIEW 

DATE : 21ST APRIL, 2018

TIME : 5:15PM

VENUE :WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND 

REFEREE : ANTHONY TAYLOR 


In their 51st Wembley appearance, United will be looking to have a place in the Emirates FA Cup final when they trade tackles with Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday's  important semi-final at Wembley. In what is arguably the biggest game of the season so far, the Reds take on Mauricio Pochettino's side aiming to reach the final of English football's biggest domestic cup competition for the 22nd time. The first semi-final tie of the weekend will see second place team take on fourth in the Premier League, with United currently six points ahead of Spurs in the table. Jose Mourinho's men will be hoping to continue the positive reaction shown to the West Bromwich Albion defeat from Wednesday night's victory at the Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth. 


TEAM NEWS 

Jose Mourinho said after Wednesday’s victory that every player that played against Bournemouth has given themselves a chance to be selected against Tottenham. No injury concern for Manchester United , with only Sergio Romero expected to miss out due to an injury sustained on international duty with Argentina last month. Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Valencia are expected to be restored to the line-up. Meanwhile, Spurs are set to be without left-back Danny Rose (calf) and midfielder Harry Winks (ankle). Second-choice stopper Michel Vorm has played in goal throughout their cup run, this season, but no.1 Hugo Lloris was brought back for their semi-final defeat to Chelsea a year ago and Pochettino might  do the same this weekend.

 Tottenham drew 1-1 with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday night, leaving the club fourth in the Premier League table on 68 points with four games left to play. The north London club need seven points from their remaining four League Matches to guarantee a place in the UEFA Champions League next season. Pochettino’s men have failed to win their last two games, having also lost 3-1 at home to champions Manchester City.

Elsewhere, United have advanced to the last four of the competition for the second time in three years, impressively without conceding a goal. The  beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 in last month's quarter-final, having also seen off Huddersfield Town 2-0, Yeovil Town 4-0 and Derby County 2-0. Meanwhile, Tottenham booked their semi-final spot with a 3-0 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in their quarter-final, and have also defeated lower-league opposition in AFC Wimbledon, Newport County and Rochdale.


Man Utd last 6

18/04/2018 Premier League

2 - 0 v B'mouth (a) W

15/04/2018 Premier League

0 - 1 v W Brom (h) L

07/04/2018 Premier League

3 - 2 v Man City (a) W

31/03/2018 Premier League

2 - 0 v Swansea (h) W

17/03/2018 The FA Cup Quarter-Final

2 - 0 v Brighton (h) W

13/03/2018 UEFA Champions League First Knockout Round

1 - 2 v Sevilla (h) L


Tottenham last 6

17/04/2018 Premier League

1 - 1 v Brighton (a) D

14/04/2018 Premier League

1 - 3 v Man City (h) L

07/04/2018 Premier League

2 - 1 v Stoke (a) W

01/04/2018 Premier League

3 - 1 v Chelsea (a) W

17/03/2018 The FA Cup Quarter-Final

3 - 0 v Swansea (a) W

11/03/2018 Premier League

4 - 1 v B'mout



POTENTIAL LINE UP

Potential Manchester United starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Matic, Herrera; Martial, Lingard, Rashford; Lukaku


Potential Spurs starting XI: Vorm; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane