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Daniel James: Manchester United Can Go on 'Good Run' After 'Massive' Spurs Clash

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Daniel James of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on December 1, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Manchester United winger Daniel James is hoping the club can kick on with a positive result against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

Spurs visit Old Trafford for the Premier League clash in Jose Mourinho's first return to the club since he was fired in December last year.

Per Sam Carney of United's official website, James said of the match:

"Yeah, I think it's massive. Obviously, we go into every game wanting to win, but I think the midweek games, especially under floodlights, are massive.

"The fans are going to be right behind us, but it's a massively important game and we want to go into that with our heads held high and hoping that we can win."

Referring to United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in October, James added that good performances in big matches such as those "give you a great step going forward."

The Red Devils have not been in good form since they returned from the international break:

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Man United last three results: 3-3 vs. Sheffield United 1-2 vs. Astana 2-2 vs. Aston Villa Man United next two games: Spurs (H) Man City (A) https://t.co/sVQaNeKk0g

The results have left them 10th in the Premier League having won just four of 14 games this season. They're 22 points behind leaders Liverpool and eight off the top four.

BBC Sport's Simon Stone put their position in further damning context:

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After 14 games, Man Utd are level on points with Burnley and behind Sheff Utd.

Football writer Liam Canning was disappointed with how they performed against Aston Villa on Sunday:

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Hugely disappointing to be outplayed by Sheffield United and Aston Villa in consecutive weeks. They’re newly-promoted sides. Not good enough.

A win on Wednesday would send them ahead of Spurs and potentially to fifth place, though. It would also be a timely morale boost ahead of United's visit to Manchester City on Saturday.

After the Manchester derby, United will then face Everton, Watford, Newcastle United and Burnley in the remainder of December, games in which they should be targeting some much-needed wins.

They'll also be playing AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Europa League and Colchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-final, so keeping momentum throughout the month might be difficult. If they're to have any chance of reeling in the top four, they need to take advantage of the busy period to gain ground.

The Red Devils have won five of Spurs' last six visits to Old Trafford in all competitions, but the Lilywhites recorded a 3-0 victory there in the most recent of those.

Spurs have scored 10 goals in Mourinho's first three games in charge, but they've also conceded twice in each of them. United have scored 12 in their last five and shipped eight in that time, so there could be plenty of goals in Wednesday's clash.