Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: 5 key players for FA Cup semi-finals

These players can play a huge role in the outcome of the tie.





Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League biggies Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur lock horns at the Wembley to contest for a place in the FA Cup finals, as both sides are gunning for a silverware to end a quite a successful season on a high.

The Red Devils are on course to achieve their highest finish in the league in the post-Ferguson era, but Mourinho stares at the risk of going his second year at a club without a major trophy, for the very first time.

And standing in his way is a behemoth that’s the Lillywhites, who’ll be hoping to make merry in “home” comforts, and more importantly, end a decade-long wait for a silverware.

If anything, this promises to be an enticing tactical affair with quality football on show. But let’s discuss the players who can turn the tide with their proficiency and have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome of the top-billing tie. Here are the top five players:

De Gea has been a rock under the bar for United

Manchester United are the only remaining side who are yet to concede a single goal in the competition, thanks in no small part to Sergio Romero, who unfortunately misses out due to injury. But now they can instead confide in another peach of a shotstopper in David De Gea, who’s likely to slot in between the sticks in replacement.

The Spaniard, as in the seasons preceding, has weaved another string of talismanic shows to keep the Red Devils afloat in the Premier League. With 17 clean-sheets, he’s not only one of the better performers for his side, but also the safest pair of hands in the league. His average of 2.76 saves per game is better than anyone not named Jordan Pickford or Jack Butland.

In a season where United have blown hot and cold, De Gea can claim to be one of the few members to have been in red hot form. The three-time United Player of the Year will be put through the wringer by the Harry Kane and likes, who put two past him the last time they visited Wembley.

But there couldn’t have been a better occasion to erase the anomaly. De Gea is in fine form, and his blocks and interventions would go a long way in deciding which way the wind blows.