Tottenham will need to cut-off the supply line to Danny Welbeck

For Tottenham Hotspur to get anything at Old Trafford, Spurs will need to stop Danny Welbeck.

Tottenham go into their match with Manchester United off the back of two wins and a draw from the last three games, but for Spurs to continue their unbeaten run on New Year's Day, they will have to stop the on-form Danny Welbeck.

Manchester United, too, are a team on fire - winning six games on the bounce in all competitions, and Welbeck has scored three goals in the last four outings. He is currently Manchester United's most clinical finisher - netting six goals from 24 shots - with a conversion rate of 25% (Rooney, Chicharito and van Persie are all below 22%).

Welbeck's goals, however, have come as a result of decent build-up play and accurate set pieces rather than individual brilliance. Wayne Rooney leads the way as the supplier, assisting three goals and making 20 key passes in just 8 League games at Old Trafford.

Youngster Adnan Januzaj has also played his part, as his direct running causes defenders problems. The tricky winger has won 24 free kicks in just three home Premier League starts, 14 times more than any other of Manchester United’s attacking midfielders.

Tottenham will look to starve Rooney and Januzaj of possession, cutting off the supply line to Welbeck. The midfielders are likely to roam free, so Tottenham’s midfield pairing will have to adopt zonal marking and ensure that they put pressure on the two Manchester United creative players. Spurs won't be able to afford to allow Januzaj or Rooney the opportunity to either pick out a key pass or run at the defence.

Spurs Brazilian midfielder Paulinho will likely be given the task of tracking Rooney. The midfielder has performed well away from home this year, making a total of 20 tackles and 11 key interceptions on the road.

Prevent Danny Welbeck getting on the scoresheet in this game could be key to Tottenham's chances of keeping their current unbeaten run going.

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