Man Utd v Tottenham last five H2Hs: Can Spurs complete the league double over United?

Man Utd face Tottenham on Sunday 14 January at Old Trafford in a crunch match in the race for the top four. Anything other than a win for the Red Devils will well and truly put them out of the running while a win for Spurs would see them leapfrog Arsenal into 4th place. The Man Utd v Tottenham last five H2hs narrowly favour United but given their recent league form, you would perhaps be foolish to back them for the win.

Man Utd v Tottenham last five H2Hs
Man Utd and Tottenham have played in some classics over the years – Photo by Icon sport

Man Utd v Tottenham H2H record

The Man Utd v Tottenham rivalry is one that has produced some of the most iconic games in Premier League history. Beyond the Premier League and including it, the two clubs have played each other a total of 200 times with their 200th meeting come earlier this season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

  • Man Utd Wins: 96
  • Draws: 50
  • Tottenham Wins: 54

Man Utd v Tottenham has seen plenty of comeback wins over the years. Back in 2001, United found themselves 3-0 down to Spurs at White Hart Lane before springing a sensational second-half comeback that saw the Reds win the match 5-3. In 2009, the Reds produced a similar comeback at Old Trafford, overturning a 2-0 deficit to beat the Lilywhites 5-2 on their march to a third consecutive Premier League title.

Richarlison will be Tottenham's main goal threat on Sunday – Photo by Icon sport

Man Utd v Tottenham last five H2Hs

Tottenham 0-3 Man Utd – 30th October 2021

Man Utd faced Tottenham in October 2021 with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Nuno Espirito Santo both under huge pressure after poor starts to the season. The match was dubbed “El Sackico' with the suggestion pre-match that whichever manager lost would lose their job. In the end, United won 3-0 thanks to goals from Ronaldo, Rashford and Cavani and Santo was sacked by Spurs just two days later.

Man Utd 3-2 Tottenham – 12th March 2022

Later on in that season, Tottenham visited Old Trafford with Antonio Conte in the away dugout. There had been a change at United, too, with Ralf Rangnick in charge until the end of the season. The match saw Cristiano Ronaldo roll the back the years, netting a sensational hat trick to defeat Spurs – his first for the club since returning in the summer of 2021.

Man Utd 2-0 Tottenham– 19th October 2022

Erik Ten Hag was in charge at Old Trafford when the sides next met in October 2022 and the Reds were in blistering form on the night. Two second-half goals from Fred and Bruno Fernandes secured the win for United in a performance that many people as the club's best under Erik Ten Hag in his debut season at Old Trafford. For Spurs, it led to questions being asked about Antonio Conte for the first time.

Tottenham 2-2 Man Utd – 27th April 2023

For the fourth consecutive match, there was another change in the dugout for this one. Conte had been dismissed by Spurs after a rocky second season in North London and Ryan Mason was in temporary charge until the end of the season. United took a 2-0 lead into half time after strikes from Sancho and Rashford but Spurs fought back in the second half with the goals coming from Porro and Son. Both sides had chances to win it but the match eventually ended in a draw.

Tottenham 2-0 Man Utd – 19th August 2023

The most recent Man Utd v Tottenham H2H took place in August 2023. The match was Ange Postecoglou's first home game in charge of the North London side and despite United having the better of the first half, Spurs came out firing in the second. They took the lead shortly after half time through Pape Sarr before a Lisandro Martinez own goal in the 83rd minute sealed the win for the home side.

Pape Sarr
Pape Sarr scored his first Tottenham goal against Man Utd in August – Photo by Icon sport

Potential MVP – Alejandro Garnacho

In a season where senior pros have consistently let Man Utd down, teenager Alejandro Garnacho has shown more than enough to suggest he has what it takes to cut it at Old Trafford. In the Premier League, only Bruno Fernandes has more assists for United than the Argentinian and only Scott McTominay has scored more goals.

Garnacho will likely be operating from the right wing on Sunday, a position he has excelled in recently after previously playing down on the left. He was sensational against Aston Villa a few weeks ago at Old Trafford and with Spurs set to play as a similar high line to Villa, the 19-year-old will be licking his lips.

Alejandro Garnacho
Alejandro Garnacho has been electric in recent weeks – Photo by Icon sport

Key trend

Looking at the Man Utd v Tottenham last five H2Hs, the most obvious trend is that one of these two clubs usually has a new manager in the dugout whenever they play each other. The next manager to be sacked market might therefore be of interest but in terms of the match itself, expect goals. There have been 16 goals in the last five H2Hs so we're going for over 2.5 goals and a Tottenham win.

For more tips, check out our in-depth Man Utd v Tottenham prediction.

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Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance Sports Journalist with ten years of experience covering football in the United Kingdom and abroad for various publications including the Manchester Evening News, UtdReport and Football Whispers. Andy also has a keen interest in basketball, cricket, golf and tennis and has covered major sporting events such as the Masters in Augusta.