Two big guns of Premier League – Manchester United and Tottenham – will lock horns against each other in an importane tie at Old Trafford.
Manchester United come to this top tier fixture after three consecutive draws, the last one being an unfortunate 1-1 deadlock against Everton. That match seemed like a crucial victory for Jose Mourinho’s men, however former Evertonian Marouane Fellaini thought otherwise and handed a welcome penalty to the Toffees towards the fag end of the match and Leighton Baines made no mistake. This happened to be the third consecutive 1-1 scoreline for the Red Devils in the Premier League. The Portuguese boss would look forward to turn the tides this time, and would be hoping for three valuable points as he prepares to welcome a consistent Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino tastes his first league defeat of the season against Chelsea. In the second last gameweek, the Blues managed a 2-1 win over the Spurs. However, the side bounced back in fashion the following game, as they rampaged through Swansea City defense to defeat them 5-0. The boss knows that another emphatic victory against Manchester United would be extremely important for the side as it would help them leapfrog Manchester City to take the fourth spot in the table.
Manchester United vs Tottenham lineups:
The home side have been boosted by the return of Eric Bailly in the defense. However, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw continue to be unavailable. Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia will be back after being rested for the fixture in the Europa League. Both are expected to start against Tottenham while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial will be taking the responsibilities up front. On the other hand, the hottest spot should be the right wing, where one of Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford or Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be deployed by the tactical genius of Mourinho.
Tottenham, on the other hand, will be happy to welcome reliable defender Toby Alderweireld back to the starting eleven. The other starters should be available and Pochettino would be fielding his best eleven for the match. Here is the predicted lineup for Tottenham.
Manchester United – 6/5, Draw – 23/10, Tottenham – 5/2.
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