Mark Lawrenson gives his Man Utd v Spurs prediction

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BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction on tomorrow’s FA Cup semi final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.

Both sides will meet at Wembley to book a place in the final with it being their only chance of silverware this season.

Spurs have already beaten United 2-0 at Wembley in the Premier League earlier this season and will be looking for a repeat performance, especially after disappointing results against Brighton and Manchester City in our last couple of outings.

Lawro believes that the fans will go into extra time, with United coming out as winners.

He told BBC Sport online: “Tottenham are at ‘home’ because they have played at Wembley but there will be a very different feel to this game – there will be as many United fans there as Spurs supporters for starters.

“United have played that many times at Wembley in the past few years – four times in the past two years – that it will not hold any surprises for them.

“It is a lot harder to predict what sort of performance we will see from Jose Mourinho’s side, however.

“It was just nuts for them to lose at home to West Brom last weekend, after winning a crazy Manchester derby the week before that.

“United followed that by beating Bournemouth comfortably on Wednesday, and that is kind of where they are at the moment – very up and down.

“I don’t think this tie will be anything like United’s trip to Wembley in January, when they went a goal down after 11 seconds and lost 2-0.

“I just don’t see it being a feast of football this time, and Mourinho will not want another open game. If Spurs score early again then of course that changes things, but he will keep things tight for as long as he can.

“Both teams will be thinking if they get through this round they can win the competition – Southampton are battling relegation and Chelsea are not the side they were last season.

“So this is the chance for both of them to win a trophy. Mourinho keeps telling us how many things he has won, and where, so we know how much it will mean to him if United do reach the final and go on to win it.

“Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has always put the emphasis on his side’s league position as a gauge of their progress, and he is dead right to do that.

“But along the way it is just nice to win a trophy. If he manages that, it will stop people saying ‘Tottenham? Good team, qualified for the Champions League, but they still haven’t won anything under Pochettino.

Lawro’s prediction: 1-1 AET – Man Utd to win on penalties.”

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