Manchester United v Tottenham: Match Preview

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Manchester United v Tottenham

Old Trafford; Saturday 29 September, 2012

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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is doubtful to face Tottenham after suffering an ankle injury during the win at Liverpool.

Sir Alex Ferguson must also decide whether or not to pick Wayne Rooney as he eases him back from injury.

Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas is set to restore Brad Friedel, Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe to his Tottenham side, after resting a number of first-team players for the midweek League Cup victory over Carlisle.

Kyle Naughton could also return after missing the match with QPR last Sunday.

AVB: Spurs will attack United

Andre Villas-Boas will encourage Tottenham to attack Manchester United despite seeing his former Chelsea side punished at Old Trafford last season.

The Portuguese tactician suffered his first loss in English football when the Blues went down 3-1 to United, but he'll still be advocating an attacking strategy this weekend.

"That is the way I like my teams to play," the Spurs boss said. "We obviously know that it is extremely difficult there, but that doesn't mean that you might not be given a chance when you play that (attacking) way.

"In the end it's about taking your opportunities. Had (Chelsea) scored then maybe the result would have been different, so to try to get a result against United will be excellent for us."

After a Premier League opening day defeat against Newcastle, Tottenham are now on a six-game unbeaten run, and will be looking for their first win at United since 1989 on Saturday.

"It would make us very proud to go there and get a win that would shorten the distance to the top," Villas-Boas added. "That would hopefully help us profit in some way from the clash between Arsenal and Chelsea.

"We can't run away from our responsibilities. The statistics are there. We hope to break them one day and hopefully it will be on Saturday."

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