United did not impress against West Ham on Wednesday and a repeat of that performance will see Tottenham do a rare double over the Manchester giants for the first time since 1989 - a period otherwise known as the Lineker years!
Of course, Sir Alex rested many of his big guns for the midweek cup fixture and United will doubtless be at full strength for this Sunday afternoon test at White Hart Lane.
And they will have to be because Andre Villas-Boas has Spurs in very good nick at present with seven wins, two draws and a solitary defeat from the last 10 league games.
The visitors bring their own good form too, and Betfair customers make United favourites here at 2.526/4 but Tottenham are not far behind at 3.02/1, with the draw hugely tempting at 3.613/5.
The home side may have bragging rights following the 3-2 win at Old Trafford, but the Reds really should have taken a point that day with countless chances missed as United chased the draw and pressed hard.
We saw five goals that day and something similar is eminently possible on Sunday. The market points to it with Over 2.5 Goals odds-on at 1.728/11 and it's hard to argue against a goalfest, though recent results at White Hart Lane do include a pair of 0-0 draws (sandwiched between 3-1 wins for the visitors). So it's a fixture that always seems to promise a lot but perhaps hasn't lived up to that. Maybe Sunday will be different?
At home, I fancy Tottenham to give anyone a game. They play an exciting brand of football with pace on either wing. I fancy Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon will get some joy against the United wingbacks, who, for all their attacking menace do not always convince defensively. Upfront, Jermain Defoe has threatened all season. United possess phenomenal attacking talent and you have to fancy both teams will score - as a Betfair back price of 1.538/15 suggests - with a few goals apiece.
I think Tottenham have enough about them to get something out of this and will be getting the home win and draw onside with a lay of United.
Rather than get involved with the over/under goals markets I will keep it simple with a back of Defoe and in the Red corner, Robin van Persie to score. Backing the Dutchman is a no-brainer when he's in this form and at odds-against I can't leave him out of my Sunday bets.
Lay United @ 2.546/4
Back Jermain Defoe To Score @ 3.02/1
Back Robin van Persie To Score @ 2.26/5