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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Can Spurs rise from the ashes tonight?
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Tottenham take on Premier League top-four rivals Manchester United tonight at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what is promising to be a thrilling football match.

Tottenham are fresh from a 6-1 trumping they suffered at the hands of Newcastle in the past weekend while the Red Devils ensured that they booked themselves a spot in the FA Cup final where their neighbors Manchester City lie in wait. "Wholly unacceptable" and "devastating" were the words a dejected Daniel Levy used to describe his side's mauling at the hands of the Magpies at the weekend, as Newcastle tore Stellini's back-four experiment to shreds with five goals inside just 21 minutes at St James' Park. Just over 24 hours later, Stellini, who had only been elevated to the top position after leaving boss Antonio Conte behind - was inevitably sacked from his post. His firing is the latest in a long line of farcical episodes for the North London club as Ryan Mason takes charge for the time being once again.

Spurs' chances of securing a top-four finish are slowly dwindling away as they sit fifth in the Premier League and six points behind United and Newcastle who have both played fewer fixtures. They are also in danger of being leapfrogged by Brighton and Liverpool should they win their games in hand. Tottenham have both scored and conceded in each of their last six games since their goalless draw with AC Milan back in March which points out to their inability to keep a clean sheet meaning they should work on their defensive line.  It now appears that it will take a special case of a new manager bounce for Spurs to somehow keep their UEFA Champions League dream alive.

Following 120 minutes of goalless action at Wembley, it proved to be a lucky day for the Red Devils from the spot as Victor Lindelof kept his composure to score the winning kick that sent Manchester United into their 21st FA Cup final where bitter adversaries Manchester City lie in wait. Progressing to the FA Cup final was the perfect healing medicine for United who had been humiliated by Sevilla in the previous game prior to the Brighton semi-final that cost them chances of landing the UEFA Europa League title. 

Manchester United's form on the road does not inspire hope as they have only won two of their last six Premier League away fixtures. However, a straightforward 2-0 triumph over Tottenham in October extended Man United's winning run against the North Londoners to four games ever since their 6-1 humiliation at Old Trafford. Although it Spurs have now experienced a taste of their own medicine in that regard. Tonight's match will serve to be a decider of whether Tottenham will remain in the race for the UEFA Champions League positions. 

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