58 min: United fans serenade Diogo Dalot from the stands as he and his teammates continue to pile the hurt on Tottenham. They’re only one goal up but have been completely dominant for almost an hour.
56 min: The occupants of the Stretford End appeal for a penalty after Marcus Rashford goes down under a challenge from Eric Dier after being played in behind by Bruno Fernandes. No spot-kick is forthcoming and it looks a good decision.
53 min: Antony pulls a low, left-footed drive narrowly wide of the upright after good work from Bruno Fernades, who drove forward from midfield before picking out the Brazilian.
50 min: Harry Kane has a shot from distance deflected wide for a corner. Nothing comes of the set piece.
48 min: Hugo Lloris saves brilliantly from Marcus Rashford, parrying the United striker’s shot from seven yards out with a strong left hand.
United lead! Jadon Sanchez tees up Fred on the edge of the penalty area and his low drive takes a deflection off Ben Davies and trundles into the bottom left-hand corner past the hopelessly wrongfooted Hugo Lloris.
46 min: Manchester United kick-off with no changes in personnel on either side after the break.
Peep! At the end of a first half in which Manchester United were by far and away the better team, the deadlock remains intact. Spurs have been dogged in defence, while their goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been kept busy. They’re hanging in there … but only just.
45+2 min: Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg is unable to keep the ball in play down by the touchline after receiving a pass to feet from Ivan Perisic.
44 min: Harry Kane has a shot towards the near post saved by David De Gea. His follow-up strikes Dalot in the face and the full-back goes to ground. Play continues, much to the displeasure of Manchester United’s players, who point out to referee Simon Hooper that he stopped play immediately when the same thing happened to Eric Dier. They have a point.
41 min: Tottenham continue on the back foot, struggling to get the ball out of their own half as United come at them in waves. With better finishing, the home side could be three or four goals ahead.
38 min: There’s a break in play as Eric Dier receives treatment after shipping a shot from Dalot full force in the face. Moments previously, Fred had sent a shot from distance sailing high and wide of the Tottenham goal.
36 min: Marcus Rashford goes to ground in the Tottenham penalty area but his appeals for a spot-kick fall on deaf ears. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg accuses him of diving. United are piling on the pressure but have yet to break the deadlock.
32 min: Dalot plays the ball wide to Luke Shaw, who plays it forward to Jadon Sancho. He plays a lazy ball inside to Fernandes rather than taking on his man, Matt Doherty.
28 min: United are completely dominating proceedings as we approach the half-hour mark. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are barely getting a look in. Casemiro is teed up a couple of yards outside the Spurs penalty area and sends a rasping drive narrowly wide of the left upright. A relieved Hugo Lloris was wrong-footed and rooted to the spot.
24 min: Lloris tips a volley from Luke Shaw over the bar and nothing comes from the ensuing corner. M oments previously, the busy Spurs goalkeeper dealt with a free-kick from just outside his penalty area which Bruno Fernandes struck straight at him. United have had 13 shots but have yet to trouble the scoreboard operator.
20 min: Fred plays Rashford in behind with a wonderfully weighted ball between defenders. The United striker’s low diagonal drive is saved splendidly by Lloris, who gets down to his right.
17 min: United enjoy a sustained period of possession but are unable to do much with it.
14 min: Spurs advance, then retreat … then advance again. Ivan Perisic picks up the ball on the left touchline and plays it to Ben Davies, whose cross is cleared by Fred.
10 min: From distance, Antony tries to whip the ball inside the far post after running at the Tottenham defence. His effort fizzes a foot or so wide of the far post.
9 min: United are in the ascendency in these early stages. Spurs, playing a 3-5-2 for only the second time this season, are sitting back hoping to attack on the counter.
6 min: Hugo Lloris loses his footing and fumbles a speculative shot from Antony out for a corner after United attack on the break and Rashford had been put in behind, forcing Lloris off his line to clear. From that set piece, Fred forces Lloris to palm the ball over the bar. Nothing comes from the second corner.
5 min: Tottenham get forward and Rodrigo Bentancur curls a shot wide of the far post from the right side of the United penalty area.
4 min: Picked out by Fred in space on his own on the right side of the Spurs penalty area, Antony has a curled effort blocked.
2 min: Some early pressure from Spurs, who are forced backwards after pressing and probing around the right side of the United penalty area.
1 min: Yves Bissouma gets the ball rolling for Spurs, whose players are in their change kit of blue shirts, navy shorts and yellow socks. The players of Manchester United wear red shirts, white shorts and black socks.
Not long now: Captains Hugo Lloris and Bruno Fernandes lead their teams out on to the Old Trafford sward, before both sets of players line up either side of referee Simon Hooper and his team of match officials. Kick-off is just a few minutes away. Walking to his dug-out, Spurs boss Antonio Conte is deep in conversation with his former Inter charge, the Manchester United substitute Christian Eriksen.
Manchester United: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Fred, Antony, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford.
Subs: Heaton, Lindelof, Ronaldo, Malacia, Eriksen, Pellistri, Elanga, McTominay, Garnacho.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Romero, Dier, Davies, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Bissouma, Perisic, Son, Kane.
Subs: Forster, Skipp, Sanchez, Gil, Sessegnon, Spence, Tanganga, Moura, Lenglet.
Manchester United make one change from the team that started their goalless draw against Newcastle on Sunday. Having recovered from illness, Marcus Rashford comes in for Cristiano Ronaldo, who is unlikely to be pleased. Christian Eriksen, who also missed out on Sunday’s game through illness, is among the Manchester United substitutes. Tottenham manager Antonio Conte also makes one change. Yves Bissouma comes in for the injured Richarlison.
Richarlison left Goodison Park on crutches after suffering a calf injury that reduced him to tears of frustration and cast his World Cup hopes into doubt, despite reassurances from Antonio Conte that the Brazilian will recover in plenty of time for Qatar. “I hope for him to play other games with us before the World Cup but for sure the injury is not so serious,” said Conte.
Out with a hamstring injury, Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski has not played since the end of September but Conte did not rule the possibility of him playing some part in tonight’s game. “We have to go day by day with him and the medical department are working a lot to try to recover him, but we don’t know for the game against United,” he said.
The absence of Richarlison and in all likelihood, Kulusevski, could mean starts for Lucas Moura, Bryan Gil or Yves Bissouma. With Emerson Royal serving the third and final match of his ban, Matt Doherty is expected to start again, but Japhet Tanganga remains out.
Scott McTominay is available for selection after serving a one-match ban on the Naughty Step but Anthony Martial has been ruled out with a back injury. Christian Eriksen is also a major doubt after missing the Newcastle match through illness. The Danish midfielder trained yesterday but may not be well enough to start.
Harry Maguire remains sidelined with a hamstring injury but will soon resume training, while on-loan reserve goalkeeper Martin Dubravka can return to the bench having been ineligible to sit on it against his parent club Newcastle.
Axel Tuanzebe, Brandon Williams, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek are all still injured. Having scored a hat-trick against Tottenham in the corresponding fixture last season, Cristiano Ronaldo could start his third consecutive game for United.
The Wednesday night lights at Old Trafford will be illuminated for what could be a cracking game between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Third in the table, four points behind their bitter rivals Arsenal, Tottenham travel to Manchester on the back of a win over Everton at the weekend, while their hosts had to settle for a scoreless home draw against Newcastle last time out. Kick-off this evening 8.15pm (BST) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.