Three interesting stats ahead of Manchester United - Tottenham

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Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will do battle to start 2014 off right on New Year’s Day.

The Red Devils have won six on the bounce in all competitions and the last four in the Premier League.

Such a purple patch has seen them climb to within three points of the top four – in sixth place - following a turbulent start to life under David Moyes.

Tottenham sit level with the Old Trafford outfit on 34 points as Tim Sherwood has won two of three in the league since taking charge.

The encounter in turn has serious implications for two sides that have disappointed, and the knowledge that a victory will provide a massive boost to their aspirations of Champions League football should make for an aggressive encounter.

Following are three interesting stats ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Old Trafford...

1) Manchester United have lost just once to Spurs in 28 of the clubs’ last 29 meetings across all competitions. Tottenham’s lone victory in this stretch came in the most recent contest at Old Trafford in September 2012, with Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey on target for the visitors in a 3-2 triumph.

2) When the two sides met for the first time this season on December 1, Emmanuel Adebayor had played just 45 total minutes of football. Since, he’s seen 338 minutes of action, tallying three goals and an assist between Premier League and Capital One Cup commitments, and looks likely to make the starting eleven once more on Wednesday. Adebayor once netted a winner at Old Trafford for Arsenal back in 2006.

3) Aaron Lennon netted his maiden goal of the campaign last time out against Stoke, the Englishman’s first since March 3. Tottenham came away with three points opposite the Potters, as they also did on all four occasions when Lennon scored last season in the Premier League.

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