Tottenham’s Premier League meeting with Manchester United – scheduled for January 13 – will take place at Wembley stadium, the club has confirmed.
In a statement, Spurs revealed safety developments at the new stadium are on course but a definite moving-in date won’t be confirmed until the club receives an official safety certificate.
The Londoners were scheduled to move into their new White Hart Lane-based home in mid-September for an opening fixture against Liverpool, but numerous delays have seen the move repeatedly pushed back.
Last month, Mauricio Pochettino suggested Tottenham will be playing home games at the new stadium in January or February.
It has now been confirmed Spurs won’t be play at the north London ground in the first half of January, with the Manchester United clash on January 13 now booked in at Wembley.
“As promised we wanted to update you, our supporters, on the status of the new stadium,” read the statement.
“The past few months have been spent rectifying issues with the critical safety systems. We are pleased to report that progress has been steady and we are now into the integrated testing and commissioning phases that take place ahead of the application for a stadium safety certificate.
“Testing is being conducted both during the day and night and our contractors will continue to work during the Christmas period. Barring no further significant issues we should then be in a position to schedule Test Events.
“This does mean therefore that we need to confirm that our Premier League home game against Manchester United will take place at Wembley.
“We shall receive a status report from our contractors in the week commencing 7 January 2019 and will update you thereafter.”
Tottenham beat Manchester United 2-0 at Wembley in last season’s corresponding fixture in a victory remembered for Christian Eriksen’s opening goal after just 10 seconds.
Spurs fans will be hoping for a repeat of that on January 13, but really they are just desperate to see their team play in north London again.