Tuesday night's Carabao Cup tie away to Swansea City gave Manchester United the chance to put some distance between themselves and their shock 2-1 defeat to Huddersfield Town at John Smith's Stadium last week, offering an eminently winnable fixture from which momentum could be re-established.
And they'll need to preserve every bit of the momentum gained from their comfortable 2-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium – thanks to a Jesse Lingard brace –as they prepare to host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Spurs drew level on points with second-placed United last weekend by virtue of their emphatic 4-1 win over Liverpool at Wembley Stadium, as Mauricio Pochettino's side are beginning to take the form of genuine title contenders once more.
But they might have to make the trip to Old Trafford without star man and top scorer Harry Kane, who picked up an injury against the Reds. The England star's potential omission is a huge boon for José Mourinho's men in this crucial, high-stakes encounter between two sides aiming to keep pace with Manchester City.
Mourinho has suggested there could be good news on the injury front for the home side, as Phil Jones look set to be in contention for a starting berth.
Eric Bailly is also nearing a return to action and may be included for the visit of Spurs, while Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford are slight doubts, in addition to longer-term absentees Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba, Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
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