OLD TRAFFORD, MANCHESTER — Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United host Tottenham as they play their final game for two weeks as the team will enjoy their winter break.
The Dutchman is desperate to build on his side’s win over Wigan in the FA Cup earlier in the week after a poor outing in the league last time out against Nottingham Forest. “We have to build on that,” Ten Hag said. “But it is a different game. A different opponent, attractive opponent, and we are really looking forward [and are] excited about this game.”
A win for United this afternoon would see them close the gap on the top four, although those teams currently occupying those positions will have a game in hand.
Spurs will feel they have to pick up three points if they’re to stick with the teams at the top and they’re set to be boosted by the return of Micky van de Ven.
The Sporting News will be following the Man United vs. Tottenham match live, providing score updates, commentary, and highlights as they happen.
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Man United vs Tottenham live score
|Hojlund 3′, Rashford 40′
|Richarlison 19′, Bentancur 46′
Man United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Onana (GK) — Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Evans, Dalot — Mainoo, Eriksen — Garnacho, Fernandes, Rashford — Hojlund.
Tottenham starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Vicario (GK) — Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Uodgie — Skipp, Bentancur, Hojbjerg — Johnson, Richarlison, Werner.
Man United vs Tottenham live updates, highlights, and commentary
90th minute: There are five minutes of added time. Neither side appears to want to commit too much going forward. A point will please both.
85th minute: Fernandes’ free-kick hits the wall.
77th minute: Spurs are still looking the likelier of the two sides to grab a winner here.
70th minute: Well played by Martinez. Johnson appeared to have a free run down the right flank, but the Argentine defender stepped in and picked his pocket to clear the danger.
63rd minute: Lisandro Martinez returns to action for United. He’s brought on for Evans, who looked as though he was feeling some discomfort.
62nd minute: Wan-Bissaka finds himself the furthest man forward for United and is challenged on the edge of the box but the ball makes its way to McTominay who drags an effort wide.
58th minute: Eriksen makes way for Scott McTominay.
51st minute: Bentancur sure enjoyed that one!
RODRIGO 😍 pic.twitter.com/nlLVIIRB7T
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 14, 2024
46th minute: GOAL! 2-2! The second half is underway and Spurs have levelled it up within a minute. Bentancur drifts past Evans, who was slow to react, and he hammers home past Onana.
HT: What a first half that was. United go into the break with a one-goal advantage but you get the sense they’ll need another one or two to secure the three points today.
47th minute: Romero heads off the bar! Mainoo was marking him and it was an incredible mismatch.
45th minute: Werner has a glorious opportunity to level the game up as Dalot essentially invites the shot. Luckily for the United defender, Werner appears to have left his shooting boots in Germany.
40th minute: GOAL! 2-1! Hojlund combines with Rashford and the Englishman finds the bottom right corner with a composed finish. They don’t necessarily deserve it, Spurs have been the better side since equalising but that doesn’t matter now.
39th minute: Off the post! Udogie is a lucky man. Rashford’s intension was to find Garnacho at the back and Udogie tried to clear with his head but he almost turned it into his own goal.
36th minute: Hojlund picks the pocket of Van de Ven who was messing about at the back and finds Fernandes in the box but the Portuguese midfielder’s touch was poor and Spurs snuff out the danger.
29th minute: Penalty appeal for United but Garnacho goes down far too easily in the box.
22nd minute: Welcome back to the Premier League, Timo Werner. He drifts into the middle from the left onto his preferred right foot and blasts the ball into row Z.
19th minute: GOAL! 1-1! Richarlison with the glancing header from a corner and it had been coming. Spurs are rewarded for their efforts since going behind.
16th minute: Rashford is getting the better of Porro every time down the left and almost finds Hojlund on the cutback but Romero does well to make the block.
11th minute: CLOSE! Werner finds himself open at the far post and gets his head to it but Evans clears well. It goes out for a corner and Bentancur rises highest to meet the ball with his head which Dalot clears off the line.
7th minute: It’s a deep ball in from Eriksen to the back post and Rashford makes good connection on the volley but it narrowly goes wide. This has been a great start for United.
6th minute: Eriksen goes across to the travelling support where he prepares to take a corner and they applaud the former Spurs man. Nice moment.
3rd minute: GOAL! 1-0 HOJLUND! What a start for United. Rashford does brilliantly on the left and manages to cut inside but is tackled by Udogie. Unfortunately for the Spurs defender, it falls to Hojlund who takes a touch before smashing past Vicario.
1st minute: We’re underway at Old Trafford.
15 minutes until kickoff: The players are out on the pitch warming up. Ten Hag has addressed how he believes United can get the better of Spurs today: “I think when we do it well in attacking transition, in our possession game, we can take some benefits, take some joy from it.” Kickoff is next…
30 minutes until kickoff: The man of the year! Luke Littler is in attendance at Old Trafford today. Don’t know who he is? Really? Find out here.
Game, shot! 🎯
It’s great to have you here, @LukeTheNuke180 💪#MUFC || #MUNTOT pic.twitter.com/KWBcu9Twsg
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 14, 2024
45 minutes until kickoff: One thing that should make United fans happy is the fact that Sir Jim Ratcliffe clearly cares. “I can’t come all the time because I have a few other things to manage, but I’ll come quite a lot.”
He also said that he’s been looking to make something like this happen for a few years: “It’s taken a few turns along the road, as you know, but it all turned out well in the end.”