Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: Five classic clashes

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Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United in one of the great Premier League fixtures this weekend.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have unsurprisingly dominated the fixture in more recent times, with Spurs a regular victim of the Red Devils on the way to their 12 titles in the modern era.

However, Andre Villas-Boas managed to turn the tables at Old Trafford in September, with the perennial underdogs securing a famous 3-2 victory.

The former Chelsea boss will be looking to repeat the trick at White Hart Lane, but doesn't have to look too far back to know that things won't be easy.

And, in honour of the big match, we've picked five of the best clashes between the two teams in recent times. Let us know which match is your favourite...

Tottenham Hotspur 3-5 Manchester United
29/09/01; White Hart Lane; Premier League

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side produced one of the greatest comebacks in Premier League history, turning round a three-goal deficit in the second-half with a five-goal salvo.

Dean Richards made a great start to life at Spurs with an early goal, before Les Ferdinand and Christian Ziege appeared to put the hosts out of sight.

However, Andy Cole, Laurent Blanc, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Juan Sebastian Veron and David Beckham turned things around in stunning fashion to leave White Hart Lane silent.

Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
29/09/12; Old Trafford; Premier League

Andre Villas-Boas ended a 23-year wait for glory at Old Trafford, as his new side upset the odds to take all three points in a match that also saw three goals in three crazy second-half minutes.

A Jonny Evans OG and Gareth Bale’s solo effort gave Tottenham a two-goal lead at half-time, before Luis Nani pulled one back on 51 minutes.

Clint Dempsey restored the lead less than 60 seconds later, but then Shinji Kagawa did the same thing to set up an enthralling final 35 minutes. The visitors held on however, and will hope to repeat the trick this weekend.

Manchester United 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
25/04/09; Old Trafford; Premier League

Another great comeback from the Red Devils, after goals from Darren Bent and Luka Modric appeared to put Harry Redknapp’s side on the road to glory.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo got the hosts back on track after a harsh penalty decision, and he doubled his own tally in between the first of Wayne Rooney’s own double, as the game was taken away from Spurs in 14 minutes.

Dimitar Berbatov put a gloss on the scoreline, adding the fifth against his old club.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United
12/09/09; White Hart Lane; Premier League

Another comeback at the Lane, as Jermain Defoe’s first minute overhead kick proved to be in vein for Spurs.

A sublime free-kick from Ryan Giggs got the visitors back in the game, before Anderson’s powerful strike from the edge of the box made it 2-1 for United.

Paul Scholes then saw red and Peter Crouch hit the bar, but it was Rooney’s breakaway goal which ultimately sealed the victory.

Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
04/01/05; Old Trafford; Premier League

Whilst their was little to discuss about this game for 87 minutes, it all changed when Pedro Mendes took a speculative shot from close to the halfway line.

Roy Carroll, who was rushing back to his goal after making a clearance, bundled the ball into his own net, but quickly scooped it back out as the linesman somehow missed a blatant goal.

Paul Robinson then showed the Northern Irish stopper how it should be done, denying Gabriel Heinze with a wonderful stop from a free-kick.

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