Mour­inho eyes new record on re­turn to Old Traf­ford

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED SPECIAL - By RICHARD FAY [email protected] @MENS­ports

The game will take place on the week­end of Satur­day, Jan­uary 4, with fixtures tak­ing place be­tween the 3rd and 6th.

A fur­ther an­nounce­ment on tele­vised fixtures will be made in the com­ing weeks.

United’s FA Cup tie will be sand­wiched be­tween fac­ing Arse­nal in the Pre­mier League on New Year’s Day and then host­ing Nor­wich in the league the fol­low­ing week­end.

Sol­sk­jaer will be look­ing to build on last season’s run in the FA Cup which saw them beaten in the quar­ter-fi­nals by Wolves.

Although they have strug­gled for form in the league this season United have been bet­ter in cup com­pe­ti­tions. They have se­cured a place in the last eight of the Carabao Cup, as well as pas­sage from their Europa League group.

ALL eyes will be on Old Traf­ford tomorrow as United host Tot­ten­ham in the Pre­mier League.

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s side go into the en­counter in des­per­ate need of a win af­ter they failed to beat As­ton Villa at home over the week­end, the game fin­ish­ing in a 2-2 draw.

United go into match ninth in the league and in need of a pos­i­tive re­sult if they are to keep their slim hopes of a top-four fin­ish alive.

How­ever, they face a Spurs side re­vi­talised un­der the guid­ance of Jose Mour­inho.

The Por­tuguese has won all three of his games in charge of the Lon­don club and can equal a league record this week, not that he needs any ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion against his former club United.

Vic­tory for Mour­inho would see him be­come just the third man­ager to win a Pre­mier League away game at Old Traf­ford with two dif­fer­ent clubs – af­ter Martin O’Neill and Rafael Ben­itez – hav­ing won there 3-1 with Chelsea in May 2005.

Not only that, but the 56-year-old could be­come the first ever Tot­ten­ham man­ager to win their first three top-flight games in charge of the club.

Re­cent his­tory also sug­gests the vis­i­tors would have a good chance of do­ing so this week.

United have lost three of their last seven home league against Spurs, in­clud­ing this ex­act fix­ture 0-3 last season.

They’d only lost two of their pre­vi­ous 36 at home against them in the top-flight.

UNITED have been drawn to face Wolves away in the third round of the FA Cup. Chris­tian Erik­sen con­tin­ues to be linked with a move to Old Traf­ford

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