FA Cup Semi-Final – Manchester United vs Tottenham Preview

When? Saturday 21st April, 17:15 (UK)

Where? Wembley

What channel is it on? BBC One

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? Via BBC iPlayer

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Manchester United W2, Tottenham W3
All-time meetings: Manchester United W89, Tottenham W51, D48

MANCHESTER UNITED

Predicted line-up: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Young; Matic, Pogba, Herrera; Lingard, Lukaku, Rashford

Unavailable: Romero (Injured)

Doubtful:

TOTTENHAM

Predicted line-up: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dembele, Dier; Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane

Unavailable: Winks (Injured)

Doubtful: Rose (Injured), Walker-Peters (Injured)

PREDICTION
The first of two FA Cup semi-finals take place this weekend as Manchester United and Tottenham square off at Wembley.

It was at this ground that Tottenham made light work of United earlier in the season. The team that currently sits second in the Premier League table were shocked by an opening minute goal from Christian Eriksen while their misery was compounded when Phil Jones put through his own net before half-time to all but wrap up a win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

That victory would have gone some way to exacting some revenge for the defeat they suffered last October at Old Trafford, an Anthony Martial's finish nine minutes from time was the only goal of the game and one that sent Spurs home empty handed.

And it is empty handed that neither team will want to finish their season. Both teams need to deliver a trophy for perhaps slightly differing reasons. For United it is a chance to at least soften the blow of a title race that they were never really part of.

For Tottenham, it will be the validation of a squad that has been competing over the last couple of seasons but has somehow always managed to fall short in its ongoing pursuit of silverware.

This could be a game that is won on the touchline than opposed to on the pitch, with Mourinho and Pochettino looking to outwit the other from their respective technical areas. Whoever comes out on top here will be then looking ahead to next month’s final.