With a place in the FA Cup final booked, Manchester United travel to North London to take on a wounded Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Kick Off: 20:00 UK Time
TV Channel: BT Sport
How do Manchester United Look?
United’s last game saw them beat Brighton on penalties in the FA Cup Semi-final. Erik ten Hag has now reached a second final, where United will face Manchester City in his first season at the club. A victory in the FA Cup was a good way for the squad to bounce back after the poor performance against Sevilla that saw United get knocked out of the Europa League. Against Brighton, Manchester United did well to limit Brighton in build-up and stop them from progressing play through the centre of the pitch. Brighton still managed to build up through the centre at times due to the quality of Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister but Erik ten Hag’s side amassed the most high turnovers (10) of any team that has faced The Seagulls this season.
One of Brighton’s biggest attacking threats in Kaoru Mitoma was nullified by the performance of Aaron Wan-Bissaka who didn’t allow the Japanese winger to dribble past him once. VictorLindelof also had a solid performance partnered at centre-back with Luke Shaw. The Swede capped off his game by burying the winning penalty after Brighton’s Solly March missed before him.
Bruno Fernandes picked up an injury in the Brighton game and is a doubt for the match against Spurs. Donny van de Beek and Lisandro Martinez are both out for the season while Rafael Varane, Alejandro Garnacho and Scott McTominay will also miss the game due to injury.
Opponents: Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur find themselves in a precarious position at the moment, they have just sacked interim manager Christian Stellini after his side lost 6-1 to Newcastle. Spurs currently sit sixth in the Premier League and only have one win in their last five games. The atmosphere around the club is toxic right now with unrest amongst the fans around ownership and confusion about who their next permanent manager will be.
If Spurs want to turn their form around against Manchester United their key man will undoubtedly be Harry Kane. Despite playing in a struggling Spurs side, the England captain has scored 24 goals in the Premier League this season, only second to Erling Haaland’s 32. As well has his goalscoring, Kane is also a threat with his passing and will look to drop deep and set off Heung Min-Son or Dejan Kulusevski.
Overall Manchester United should have enough to beat this Spurs side. Ryan Mason is taking over on an interim basis with many players out of form and could struggle in his first game. Bruno Fernandes will be a big miss for United with the form he has been in recently leaving Erik ten Hag with the decision of who to start in the number ten position.
Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur