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Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Men And Odds

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Manchester United will be going up against Tottenham Hotspur in the Semi Final draw of the FA Cup on Saturday. The Wembley will be buzzing with excitement as both sides battle it out for their very last opportunities of collecting silverware this season.

United were successful in overcoming Brighton And Hove Albion in the previous round by 2-0 and the Spurs dishes out a 3-goal thrashing to Swansea City. Christian Eriksen got a brace for the North London side while Erik Lamela drove in the dagger by nabbing the third.

Both teams are not necessarily the most upbeat going into this tie. The Red Devils did manage to win the mid-week league tie over Bournemouth at the Vitality but Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw against Brighton.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were vehemently beaten by Manchester City in the previous tie at Wembley itself. United exacted their revenge at the Etihad in the previous game week but were drawn into a shock defeat to bottom-placed West Brom at Old Trafford last weekend.

It would be unmistakable to presume that nothing less than a win is acceptable for both sides at this point of the campaign.

Manchester United Team News

Jose Mourinho has remained vocal about the player cuts he would be willing to make if they do not perform up to their expected standards.

Tottenham Hotspur Team News

The Spurs have a fully fit squad with both Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters returning from their respective injuries.

Predicted Lineup

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Young; Matic, Pogba; Sanchez, Lingard, Rashford; Lukaku

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Dier; Son, Alli, Eriksen; Kane

Key Men

Manchester United

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba will be looking to make a statement after his poor display against Albion last weekend and Romelu Lukaku might return to the starting XI after missing most of the weekend tie against the Cherries.

Do not count out the heroics of David De Gea who like nothing better than to add another clean sheet to his name this season.

Tottenham Hotspur

The Spurs faithful will hope that Harry Kane manages to score on his own this time as he too will be eager to get over the recent misgivings from fans and critics alike. His teammates Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son are in blistering form and will look to get into the scoresheet as well.

Betting Odds

Manchester United Win: 11/5

Draw: 23/10

Tottenham Hotspur Win: 5/4

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