What are #MUFC fans talking about ahead of Tottenham clash? Is Januzaj overprotected?

Manchester United are preparing to host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on New Year's Day.

Manchester United will be confident ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday as they look to make it six wins in a row from all competitions.

The last time Spurs were in Manchester they were comfortably beaten at the hands of Manchester City and that 6-0 drubbing will make United boss David Moyes wary that Tottenham will be determined to put in a better performance at Old Trafford.

United fans are talking about a variety of different topics ahead of the game against a side they could be competing with for a top four place by the end of the season. Take a look.

Momentum is very important because it breeds confidence and allows a winning mentality to develop.

United are ‘creeping’ forward at just the right time because if they carry their momentum through January, any new signings will simply strengthen the side over the second half of the season.

That left-back slot at Manchester United is something David Moyes will have to look at in the near future.

There are reports linking Alexander Buttner with a switch to Tottenham and while Patrice Evra is in good form, he still hasn’t signed a new deal. Whether Coentrao is a better option to other left-backs United have been linked with is a different debate altogether.

Adnan Januzaj, the find of the season so far for Manchester United.

What United fans need to bear in mind is that Moyes is very experienced when it comes to handling younger players and when to throw them into the side. Januzaj could well feature on Wednesday if it’s a tight game, where a spark could be needed to unlock the Spurs defence.

James Wilson

Wilson is a striker whose trajectory is such that he could soon be knocking on the door of the United first-team. He made his under-18 debut when he was just 15, and scored for good measure. He also netted five times in a single match against Newcastle United. Now a regular for England under-19s, Wilson’s scoring rate is such that he is one to watch, at both youth and reserve level in the months ahead, and could be the most exciting striker to come through the ranks since Will Keane.

Charni Ekangamene

The 19-year-old Belgian has impressed in central midfield for United’s under-21s, and as a result he was rewarded with a first-team squad number prior to the League Cup match against Stoke City earlier this month. While Ekangamene did not make it onto the bench for that match, big things are expected of him. A holding midfielder of considerable talent, he could be exactly what David Moyes is looking for.

Ben Pearson

Watching Ben Pearson, it is impossible not to make comparisons to Paul Scholes. His low centre of gravity, his ability to shield the ball, his knack of finding that extra second even in the most clustered of midfields, and his ability to spray the ball around the pitch with almost pin-point precision – they all point to United having another midfield marvel on their hands. The winner of last season’s Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award, Pearson has also captained England under-18s.

Saidy Janko

The Swiss right-back’s arrival at Old Trafford went unnoticed by many, coming as it did on transfer deadline-day and amidst the signing of Marouane Fellaini and almost-signing of Fabio Coentrao. But the former FC Zurich player has hit the ground running at Old Trafford. Playing at both under-18 and under-21 level, Janko’s dynamism on the right is impressive and points to a big future at United.

Adnan Januzaj

The Belgian may be a questionable inclusion on this list considering his 2013 was pretty outstanding in itself. But the 18-year-old is still settling in to the United first-team…so imagine how good he is going to be once he has a full season under his belt. Destined to be a number 10, Januzaj is staking a pretty good claim to play anywhere across the front line when required. While many young players suffer as a result of unrealistic comparisons, there is no hyperbole here when I say he is United’s most exciting young talent since Cristiano Ronaldo.

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