Mark Lawrenson on who will come out on top between Spurs and Manchester United

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Dom Le Roy

BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Manchester United on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side face a rejuvenated United, who are unbeaten under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Victory for Tottenham would see them do a league double over United for the first time since 1989-90.

United have now lost on their last three visits to Spurs (including last season’s 2-0 defeat at Wembley) – they have never previously lost four successive away games to a single side during the modern era.

Spurs could be boosted by the return of Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier, who both returned to training. However, there are doubts over the fitness of Lucas Moura who picked up a knee injury in the 7-0 win against Tranmere which forced him out of the Chelsea match.

Lawrenson has backed Spurs to condemn Solskjaer to his first defeat and see Tottenham keep the pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City in the race for the title.

He told BBC Sport: “This is a big test for United caretaker Solskjaer and it will be interesting to see whether he will be as attack-minded at Wembley as in his first five games.

“It is quite possible United will not have the same amount of possession they have enjoyed in those matches – if not, they will need a different approach.

“Tottenham’s methods, meanwhile, are tried and tested.

“There was more news about Tottenham’s stadium this week but if it is not going to be ready until March, they are better off staying at Wembley until the end of the season.

“Moving grounds mid-season is something no Premier League team has done before, let alone one that might be challenging for the title at that late stage of the campaign and also trying to progress in the Champions League.

“If Spurs can wait until the summer to move, then they should do.

“Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.”

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