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Four wins in their last five league games have kept Ange Postecoglou’s side in touch with the Champions League spots.

Spurs trail fourth-place Arsenal by one point and are six behind leaders Liverpool. They will also be 11 ahead of United if they earn a rare win at Old Trafford next Sunday.

Ten Hag is desperate to return to winning ways, having suffered five defeats in December alone and 14 in 28 games during his woeful second season at the helm.

The pressure on the Dutchman to produce results has been turned up a notch by the imminent completion of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s £1.3billion deal for a 25 per cent stake and total sporting control.

He has stressed that United’s fortunes will improve once his key players return from injuries that have undoubtedly contributed to his struggles this term.

Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro returned to training this week, while Harry Maguire and Mason Mount are expected to enter contention by the end of the month.

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But Tottenham have received two boosts of their own in the build-up to the match, which will make United’s task to securing a crucial victory all the more difficult.

The Lilywhites will likely visit M16 with fresh firepower as Timo Werner closes in on a short-term deal from RB Leipzig.

Tottenham have reportedly agreed to take the former Chelsea forward on loan, with the option to buy him in the summer for no more than £17million.

Werner has battled injury problems this season, resulting in just 14 appearances featuring two goals and an assist.

However, the 27-year-old counters United’s relief of having to not face Son Heung-min, who is at the Asia Cup with South Korea.

He joins Brennan Johnson, Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison among the visitors’ firepower, and they are due a significant boost in defence, too.

Micky van de Ven enjoyed a sensational start in England after his switch from Wolfsburg, starting all 12 games before being forced off with a hamstring injury in the 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in early November.

The rapid centre-back trained this week and returned to the bench in Spurs’ 1-0 FA Cup win against Burnley on Thursday. He will likely be ready to start at Old Trafford.

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