Pochettino's Rose and Davies decision could be key for United clash

Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham will be looking for a third consecutive Old Trafford victory on Sunday, but their manager will have to make a big decision in defence.

The battle between Danny Rose and Ben Davies for the coveted first-team spot has been much debated by Spurs fans throughout the season, and Mauricio Pochettino may well indicate what his thoughts are on the matter when he picks his side for the crunch game with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

There are arguments for and against both players heading into the fixture. Rose has at times found his defensive ability questioned, while Davies has failed to seize the chances he has been given on the field to prove that he is a better option.

In last week's game with QPR, Davies made his first Premier League start of 2015, and again failed to really prove that he should be given an extended run in the team. Rose has recently been impressive going forward, even though he has been culpable in a couple of goals conceded.

However, a quick check at lineups from previous fixtures shows that the last time the Welshman started a game was the 0-0 draw with United at White Hart Lane on December 28 - since then, Spurs have only kept one clean sheet in the league.

But it is also worth noting that Rose was left-back in the win at Old Trafford in January last year, even though he struggled against Antonio Valencia at times in that fixture. Pochettino's choice may depend on how keen he is to go and earn a third Old Trafford win on the bounce for the North Londoners, having seen rivals Arsenal secure victory there on Monday night.

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