Manchester United vs. Tottenham: Live Stream Info and Storylines to Watch

Christopher AtkinsContributor IDecember 31, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United and Vlad Chiriches of Tottenham Hotspur compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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It's the turn of the year and the final round of the festive football calendar will take place on New Year's Day, kicking off 2014 and the January transfer window.

As ever there are numerous matches worth paying close attention to, but none more so than the visit of Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford where Tim Sherwood and his side will hope to earn a morale-boosting win.

It will be far from easy, though, with Spurs set to encounter a Manchester United side that come into the game off the back of six straight victories in all competitions.

The game will kick off at 5:30 p.m. GMT, with both sides set to be fully aware of their rivals' results ahead of the match.

Currently lying sixth and seventh respectively, both could catch Everton and Liverpool above them depending on results. However, regardless of how opponents perform, a win is key to maintaining proximity to the top of the table.

United's defeat at home to Spurs last campaign was the first time that the Red Devils had succumbed to their opponents at Old Trafford in 23 years, and the odds remain firmly stacked in the reigning champions' favour.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) A dejected Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverley of Manchester United after conceding the second goal during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane
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Spurs, though, can draw heart from that success and the fact that they held David Moyes' side to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane earlier in the campaign. They may be on a winning streak but United are far from the side that dominated the league in previous years.

While often the build-up to such top-of-the-table clashes are dominated by an individual battle or returning hero, the attention ahead of this encounter will firmly be on the men standing on the sidelines.

Sherwood, in particular, is a major talking point. His record since taking over is mixed, but there have been two comfortable victories in the four matches despite injury concerns.

However, he has not faced any tests comparable with a trip to Old Trafford, and those who doubt the ability of his preferred 4-4-2 setup to deal with better sides will soon have their answer.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Tim Sherwood the Spurs manager directs his players during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion on December 26 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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For Moyes, also, defeat would be a major blow. United's strong run over Christmas has seen belief start to run through the players' and fans' veins once more, while the prospect of bringing players in over the course of the next month has raised spirits around the club.

Off the back of such a strong feel-good factor returning to Old Trafford, defeat would be a major blow to the system. Tottenham's status as a rival for a top-four place means that it would be costly in real terms, but it is the psychological blow that would do real damage.

On the pitch, the attention will be on those playing for their futures at their clubs.

For Tottenham, Emmanuel Adebayor has come back into the fray under Sherwood but must prove against a top side that he is worth retaining in January.

Tom Cleverley, meanwhile, is someone who has had a similarly positive impact on the United side of late but is in danger of seeing an alternative arrive later this month. There are players, then, with their first-team places on the line.

It should be a clash to remember and, with the game live on TV, will round off the public holiday in style.


Live Stream Info

The fixture will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 inside the United Kingdom from 5:00 p.m. GMT, which subscribers can access via BT Vision, Sky or Virgin Media packages.

BT Vision subscribers can view a live stream of the channel via the BT Sport app or on the BT Sport website.

Highlights will be shown on Match of the Day on BBC One at 10:50 p.m. GMT.