Spurs may have braved freezing temperatures in Norway to beat Tromso on Thursday but they can expect a much frostier reception at White Hart Lane on Sunday (noon).
The odds on Andre Villas-Boas to join the Premier League sack race have collapsed quicker than Ashley Young in the penalty box and Spurs face their home fans for the first time since the 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last weekend.
United on the other hand put a limp 2-2 draw against Cardiff behind them with an unpredicted 5-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League mid-week.
Even Joey Essex could work out that United will go for the jugular against a Tottenham side low on confidence and even lower on goals.
- Spurs haven’t rattled the onion bag in their last three league games
- Their biggest home win of the season was 2-0 against Norwich in September
David Moyes’ side on the other hand have lost only one of their last 10 head-to-head league games against Spurs – a Gareth Bale-inspired 3-2 win at Old Trafford last season.
It was honours even (1-1) in London last time they met but United won at the Lane in March 2012, with Wayne Rooney getting the opener in a 3-1 win.
- Rooney has scored three goals in his last four league games
- Wazza has two goals in his last four games against Spurs
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 30, 2013
One of the reasons the 6-0 loss at City has raised question marks over Villas-Boas long-term job prospects is that Spurs had kept more clean sheets than the local Travelodge this season. The North London side top the shut-out market with seven blanks – three of them coming at home.
But with Rooney showing the sort of fire in his belly that could have seen him sent to the line early against Cardiff, Villas-Boas needs to make sure that Spurs at least get the right-hand side of the result back to zero.