Wednesday's late kickoff is almost certainly the most intriguing of the New Year's Day round of Premier League fixtures, with a resurgent Manchester United hosting a stuttering Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are looking to make it five consecutive league wins as David Moyes continues to drag his side back into title contention -- they're eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal heading into Wednesday.
As for Spurs, they've been unconvincing under new boss Tim Sherwood, and were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling West Brom before they saw off Stoke City on the weekend. They're currently level on points with United in the table, though their patchy form means they'll do well to come away from Old Trafford with a result. They won 3-2 on their last visit to Old Trafford in 2012, though prior to that they hadn't won away at the Red Devils since 1989.
Their task is made harder by the absence of several first team regulars. The latest to be added to their injury list is midfielder Paulinho, who sustained ankle ligament damage against Stoke. As for United, they too are without a string of important players, though Wayne Rooney should return and Robin van Persie could return from injury layoffs.
Manchester United injuries and suspensions
Tottenham Hotspur injuries and suspensions
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. local, 12:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), TSN, RDS 2 (Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)
Online: NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)