Fresh from the defeat to Brighton, Manchester United face a very important Premier League encounter against in-form Tottenham, with the Red Devils desperate to show improvement on their previous showing.
Spurs have been unbeaten till now, winning two out of two matches with ease but will face a stern test for the first time this season when they travel to Old Trafford.
United 3-2 loss to Brighton last week at the Amex Stadium has now increased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho following a difficult start to his third season in charge of the Red Devils while Pochettino are expecting to catch table-toppers Liverpool and Chelsea with another win to challenge for the title.
Hence, with the Red Devils already three points behind Spurs in the table and ready to catch up with the title race while Tottenham, on the other hand looking to demonstrate their title credentials with a positive result at Old Trafford this game surely has everything to look into.
Manchester United vs Tottenham: Team News
Following Centre-back pairing, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof’s shocking display at the Amex Stadium a change of formation could be on the cards as the Portuguese manager might opt for a back three formation with Smalling in the heart of the defence. Mata could be sacrificed from the first spot to accommodate Smalling while Sanchez who missed last week’s game due to injury could return to the starting line up.
Alexis Sanchez missed the Brighton disaster for a minor knock but now facing a late fitness test for this clash. However, Sergio Romero, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are still sidelined with injuries, whilst new signing Diogo Dalot, Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia have returned to training but are unlikely to be available for the game.
Spurs, on the other hand, have a full team at their disposal and however could be without their captain Hugo Lloris who recently been charged with drunk driving. Backup keeper Vorm could take his place With attacking ace Heung-Min Son away on international duty for Asian games, it is likely Lucas Moura will retain his place in the starting line-up after an impressive start to the season while Pochettino is expected to stick with a back three defensive unit with Alderweireld, Sanchez and Vertoghnen.
Manchester United vs Tottenham lineups:
Manchester United predicted lineup:
3-5-2: Vorm; Young, Bailly, Smalling Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Pereira, Pogba; Lukaku, Sanchez.
Tottenham predicted lineup:
3-4-2-1: Lloris; Alderweireld, D.Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Eriksen, Dier, Davies; Alli, Moura; Kane.
Manchester United vs Tottenham: Head-to-head
Manchester United have won 21 of their 26 home Premier League matches against Tottenham, including victories in each of the last four encounters without conceding a goal while Spurs have lost more Premier games at Old Trafford than any other team at any ground in the competition’s history.
The last time these two met was during FA Cup semi-final last year at Wembley where United by 2-1 thanks to goals from Sanchez and Herrera.
Manchester United vs Tottenham: Recent form
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Manchester United vs Tottenham Betting odds:
United win 6/4
Tottenham win 9/5
Manchester United vs Tottenham Live streaming:
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