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Match Preview: Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United vs Tottenham

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur | Match Preview | Premier League | Old Trafford | KO: 16:30 (UK) | Sky Sports

Fresh off the back of their impressive 3-0 EFL cup victory over Brighton and Hove Albion, Manchester United play host to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, with the former Reds’ boss looking to get one over his old club.

United, who have picked up an uninspiring three points from their opening two matches, are in desperate need of a victory over Spurs, in order to set the foundations for a successful season, with finishing in the top four likely being the aim once again this campaign.

When Tottenham visit Old Trafford, it will be their eighth fixture in three weeks, meaning United must capitalise on any signs of fatigue. The speed of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will be crucial if they are to take advantage of a worn-out Spurs side.

How Do Manchester United Look?

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Once again, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are the only confirmed absentees due to injury, whilst Andreas Pereira will no longer be available for selection, having joined Lazio on a season long loan. Diogo Dalot will also play no part, after being spotted in Italy ahead of his loan move to AC Milan.

Harry Maguire was absent for the victory at the AMEX on Wednesday due to injury, and was a potential doubt for the clash with Spurs.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic his centre half will make the match. Speaking on Maguire, the boss said “Harry had a knock after the league the game, but he should be okay.”

Bruno Fernandes also missed the midweek clash, but it is understood that it was just precautionary, and he should be fully fit to face Tottenham on Sunday. The debate over who should partner Harry Maguire at the back raised its head once again following the EFL Cup clash with The Seagulls. Eric Bailly impressed yet again, with many fans feeling it’s only a matter of time before he replaces Victor Lindelöf in Solskjaer’s Premier League starting eleven

Opposition: Tottenham Hotspur

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Jose Mourinho’s men enter the match following a 7-2 Europa League play-off victory against Israeli side Maccabi-Haifa, a match that saw Harry Kane earn himself the match ball.

The Lilywhites sit tenth in the league, having picked up four points in their opening three fixtures this season, their only defeat coming in the opening weekend to league leaders Everton.

It may still seem fairly early in the season, but a victory for United would see them overtake Spurs in the table, with a game in hand. This opportunity must not be wasted by The Reds.

South Korean attacker Son Heung-min is a doubt for the clash, after he picked up a knock in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle last weekend, whilst Gareth Bale is expected to miss the match; he is not yet fully fit, having only started full training within the last week.

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Key Stats

Since leaving Manchester United, Jose Mourinho hasn’t beaten his old side (one loss, one draw).

The Portuguese does, however, boast an impressive historic record against United, having lost just four times in his 22 matches against The Reds, picking up an average of 1.64 points per game against the Old Trafford side. He lost just three matches against Sir Alex Ferguson’s United, winning seven times.

Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur. Goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Mata.

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