Manchester United continue a difficult run of three Premier League fixtures in six days when they host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Last time out, the Red Devils drew a match for the first time under Erik ten Hag, as Newcastle United frustrated them to a goalless stalemate at Old Trafford.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has provided an update on his squad in advance of Wednesday night's Premier League game with Tottenham at Old Trafford.
The boss spoke to club media ahead of a press conference at Carrington and revealed ex-Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen could face his former club but Anthony Martial's absence continues.
"Anthony Martial is not available," confirmed the Dutchman. "[With Christian] Eriksen, we have to wait. He was just on the pitch. We have to see how he recovers from that and then we will make a decision tomorrow.”
Third-place Spurs' victory over Everton means they are seven points above United in the table, having played a game more, so the pressure is on Ten Hag's men to return to winning ways to keep pace with the current top four.
Antonio Conte's side have lost three successive league games against United, most recently when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in a 3-2 victory at Old Trafford in March, but it has only been two years since they romped to a 6-1 win on the same ground.
Manchester United have a stiff test on Wednesday night as they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
United are trying to build momentum in the Premier League following the brutal battering handed to them by neighbours Manchester City but hit yet another speed bump on the weekend when they played out a goalless stalemate with Newcastle, a match they had the chances to win. Spurs will be the first match in a tough week for Erik ten Hag's side, with a trip to Chelsea to come on Saturday.
Ten Hag will continue to be without Anthony Martial who is back in training but not yet fit enough to return to action. Christian Eriksen is in a late race to be available with United waiting to make the decision on his capacity to play following illness until Wednesday.
Tottenham (23 points – 3rd place) are level with the two-time defending champions after 10 games, though both sit four points behind leaders Arsenal ahead of these midweek fixtures. The defeat to Arsenal is the only true blemish on Spurs’ domestic record. As for Man United (16 points – 5th), a top-four challenge is looking likely as Erik ten Hag makes quick work of stabilizing and improving the side in his first season.
Antonio Conte’s side might have yet to wholly convince but can go top of the table tonight with a win at Old Trafford, though Erik ten Hag has pulled off some big results on home soil this season.
Like Spurs, there is an argument to suggest United still haven’t pulled up any trees but the fact remains they have beaten Arsenal and Liverpool at the Theatre of Dreams.
Cristiano Ronaldo alone settled this fixture last season with a stunning hat-trick, though Spurs have improved an awful lot since. One of the biggest games English football has to offer, it should be quite the spectacle under the lights. trytydu