What are #THFC fans talking about ahead of Manchester United clash? Holtby's future and United's Buttner

The build up has already started ahead of Tottenham's New Year's Day match at Old Trafford.

Tottenham fans should be in a buoyant mood this morning following a convincing win against Stoke City.

Things get a lot tougher for Spurs this Wednesday when the side travels to Old Trafford to take on Premier League champions Manchester United.

Spurs fans are discussing a variety of different topics on Twitter as the build up to the mega New Year’s Day clash gets going. Take a look.

Holtby is someone who appears to be on the outskirts of Tim Sherwood’s thinking for the current first choice eleven at the club.

What can’t be overlooked is the German’s ability to cover multiple positions across the midfield, which is one of the many reasons he remains a very important player for the side.

One of the big decisions for Sherwood ahead of the United game is going to be whether to play one or two up front.

Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor seem comfortable playing together but Sherwood may have to sacrifice one of them to get an extra man into the middle.

Lennon’s form has started to turn around but the real challenge will be how he reacts after a setback.

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He’s enjoying the luxury of being able to play down his natural side and it’s important that there is continued and consistent support, as that will inspire him to maintain his good form.

A bit of a tongue in cheek Tweet but it makes a good point in a sarcastic way.

The defensive reserves at Tottenham are not bad and the only way the younger and underdeveloped players are going to improve is if Sherwood continues to give them chances.

Will they Naughton and Fryers in particular get a game against United or will Sherwood go with experience?

Zeki Fryers 6/10 - Lucky to get away with a challenge on Walters when he was the last man. Looked like the inexperienced player that he is in the first few minutes, but improved as the game went on.

Paulinho 8/10 - Outstanding in the first half, full of flicks and excellent running. Provided an absolutely outstanding pass through to Soldado, and looked really dynamic alongside Dembele. Came off with a knock on the hour, and just loses out to Dembele as best player.

Moussa Dembele 8/10 - MOTM - Excellent alongside Paulinho in a really dominant central midfield, carrying the ball from deep and using his strength to maintain possession. Harshly booked following an altercation with Ryan Shawcross, and just after scored a brilliant solo goal from 25 yards, beating a couple of players and then rifling it into the bottom corner.

Aaron Lennon 8/10 - Was lively on the right-hand side against Pieters, with his crossing and running a constant threat. Scored his first goal in 21 games with an outstanding volley that flew into the far corner to make it 3-0. Withdrawn early to keep him fresh for the game against Manchester United.

Christian Eriksen 7.5/10 - Looked to get on the ball whenever he had an opportunity and was a real creative influence, despite playing on the left hand side of the Tottenham midfield. Had a hand in almost everything decent going forward.

Emmanuel Adebayor 7.5/10 - One of those days when he looked really interested. Lively on the ball and was even tracking back. Should have buried a chance in the first quarter of an hour, completely miskicking his attempt, but had a good game. Won the penalty after Shawcross handled his overhead kick.

Roberto Soldado 6.5/10 - Volleyed just wide after great work from Paulinho. Made a great pass to Adebayor that led to the penalty, which the Spaniard then dispatched expertly. Missed a guilt-edged cutback from Lennon, weakly shooting into Sorensen's arms, but set up Lennon's goal with a great pass. Looks a much better player alongside another forward.


Etienne Capoue 62' 6/10 - Came on after Paulinho has suffered an ankle knock, and was a perfect replacement, offering a slightly more defensive option just as Spurs went two up.

Erik Lamela 75' 6.5/10 - Was instantly involved after coming on, nearly scoring with his first touch and then setting Naughton free down the right. One terrible challenge on Pieters saw him booked.

Nacer Chadli 80' 6.5/10 - Replaced Adebayor, and also looked to get involved in what was some exhibition play by Tottenham in the last few minutes.

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