Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
Premier League
White Hart Lane
Sunday, March 2; 16:10

Team News

Gareth Bale, Kyle Walker, Rafael van deer Vaart and Ledley King are all expected to return for Tottenham despite picking up injuries in mid-week.

Wayne Rooney has recovery from a throat infection to lead the United attack, but Tom Cleverley misses out after his latest injury blow.

Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia are also absent.


Ferguson relying on United experience

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson expects the club's experience to see them through to a 13 Premier League title.

United travel to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend hoping to close the gap to leaders Manchester City.

And Ferguson believes fixture scheduling could play a part in the title run-in.

''It doesn't make a difference to us – but it may make a difference to them as they don't have the same kind of experience,'' Ferguson told Inside United.

''You never know.''

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has leapt to the defence of Gareth Bale following the Welshman's dive against Arsenal on Sunday.

The winger helped win a penalty for Tottenham, which was subsequently converted by Emmanuel Adebayor in the north London derby, a game they went on to lose 5-2 to Arsenal.

"I don't think he dives," Redknapp said.

"I haven't spoken to him about it and there is no need to. He gets kicked form pillar to post most Saturdays.

"I think you will find there is an awful lot of players who have been booked for chopping him down with cynical challenges this year, rather than him going down under no challenge."

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