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Man Utd have top two in their sights as they visit Spurs

| 28.12.2014

Manchester United have not lost in eight matches, winning seven and drawing just the one. An incredible turnaround from how they started their season. Louis van Gaal’s side are 13/10 with Coral to beat Tottenham, who themselves have been in a good run of form.

However, ex-United legend Paul Scholes thinks the club can really push on in the second half of the campaign and challenge the Premier League’s top two.

Speaking after the 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Newcastle United, Scholes said: “If United can get their away form right, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did what Liverpool did last year.

“They can go on a big run, a great run, and put pressure on the top two (Chelsea and Manchester City).

“Once it gets to the Champions League they get free weeks and then we’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney, who bagged a brace against the Magpies, refused to play down a title chase.

“There’s a long way to go, we know that,” he said.

“We’ve chased down leads and lost leads before. Anything can happen, especially over the next week or two. If we can come out of these games with the right results, we’ll be in a good position.”

Rooney has been put in a midfield berth for the last couple of games, and his performances have pleased manager Van Gaal.

“He scores two goals and gets an assist, what more can you demand as a manager?” Van Gaal said regarding the Newcastle match.

“In our last match against Aston Villa Rooney was a little bit too defensive so I asked for him to be more attacking. He has the lung capacity to run 90 minutes as a midfielder.”

Rooney, six goals away from breaking the record as the highest Premier League scorer, is 10/1 to score two or more at White Hart Lane, while Spurs’ in-form striker, Harry Kane is available at 6/1 to net first. The same fixture last season finished 2-2, with Rooney netting twice.

Christian Eriksen, meanwhile, who got the winner against Leicester City last time out, is 15/8 in the anytime market, while United’s Robin van Persie was on target in the Newcastle match and is 11/2 to break the deadlock.

Radamel Falcao, who is starting to gradually find his feet for the club 6/4 to net in the anytime market, while Nacer Chadli, who had a good start to the season, is 8/1 to score first for Spurs.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
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