Jamie Carragher picks a winner from Manchester United’s clash with Spurs

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Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher looks ahead to Manchester United’s encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.

Renowned pundit Jamie Carragher has tipped Manchester United to edge Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday, Sky Sports report.

In arguably the most intriguing clash of the weekend, the two clubs go into the encounter knowing victory could have huge implications in the race for a top-four finish.

The Red Devils currently lie in fourth spot, four points behind Arsenal in third and just one point ahead of Liverpool, who face Swansea City on Monday.

Spurs, a further place behind and three points behind United, are outsiders in the race for a top four spot but victory at Old Trafford will certainly aid their cause and throw a few spanners in the works.

Carragher, however, believes United’s decent record against the Lilywhites will see them edge a close encounter, though the performance, admittedly, might not be particularly pleasing on the eye.

“Tottenham shouldn't be written off in this one but I think it could well be cagey; it's so tight in the race for the top four, all these sorts of fixtures are likely to be,” he explained.

“United need a win with the likes of Liverpool coming up, though. They've got a decent record against Tottenham, they're on a good run - no matter what you might say about their performances - and, being at home, I fancy them to just edge it.”

Can we expect goals in this one?

Despite both teams possessing top scorers in Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, the likelihood is that they’re not going to be competing in a personal goal scoring battle at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Recent history points to goals – Spurs’ last seven visits to Old Trafford have wielded 26 goals – and former Arsenal man Martin Keown opted for an entertaining 2-2 draw in his Daily Mail predictions.

However, given the importance of this game and United’s seemingly low confidence, fewer risks are likely to ensue and the game could ultimately be decided by an individual mistake or a piece of magic.

The corresponding fixture at White Hart Lane ended up in a 0-0 stalemate, and it’s a result which both managers may accept again if offered it pre-match.

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