The reverse fixture of this game was one of the most shocking games of the season. Manchester United was humiliated by Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 at Old Trafford. At that time things looked very bleak for Ole Gunnar Solskjear and the Red Devils. While Jose Mourinho and his team were looking like title challengers.
Fast forward to a few months later, Manchester United are now in a comfortable second in the table. While Tottenham Hotspur are struggling to even reach the top four. Things are very different now than they were at the start of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur are in desperate need of a victory against a big team. If they beat Manchester United, it will be their first double over them since 1989-90 season. While for Red Devils a victory would further solidify their place at second position. It will also be tricky for Ole Gunnar Solskjear as he has to give rest to his players as well.
Manchester United will welcome Granada in the Europa League second leg at Old Trafford. The Red Devils can’t risk injury at this critical stage of the season. As for the Spurs they had a good week to prepare for the game. Also, Tottenham Hotspur needs to push for a place in the top four to keep Harry Kane at the club.
Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjear employ similar tactics in big games. Some would call it to park the bus or anti-football as well. However, the most important thing is to get a victory. Against big teams, both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have preferred to use counter-attacking football to get the results.
Considering the potential approach of both the managers, it might turn out to be a boring game. Goals through set-pieces could be key in this game. Also out of the two teams, Manchester United are more attacking in nature.
The Red Devils are more likely to have the ball and they will try to attack the home side. Tottenham Hotspur will then try to use the space left behind Manchester United. The Red Devils have often used the pace on the wings to create chances for themselves. However, their record at Spurs isn’t very good.
They have won just one of their last eight games away from home to Tottenham Hotspur. Their last win came in 2019, while Jose Mourinho’s side could also create a new record. If Tottenham Hotspur wins this one, they will become the first team to do a double over Solksjear’s team.
When and Where?
Team News and Injury Update
Matt Doherty and Ben Davies are the only absentees as confirmed by Jose Mourinho. Apart from these two, the North London club has all its players available.
Predicted Line Up: Hugo Lloris; Sergio Reguilion, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, Gareth Bale; Harry Kane
It is still unclear whether Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford will be fit for the game or not. Both of them have been in great form for the club this season. However Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly are not available for the game.
Predicted Line Up: David De Gea; Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Aaron Wan-Bissaka; Fred, Paul Pogba; Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood; Edinson Cavani.
Head to Head Stats
In the last five meetings between the two clubs, the Spurs have won two and Red Devils have won two, while one game has been a draw.
Harry Kane is thier leading goalscorer this season. He hardly shies away from scoring in big games as well. This season he has taken a role of a playmaker as well.
The Red Devils will rely upon Burno Fernandes to get things going. Though he has been criticized for not performing well against top teams. However he still the player capable of making the difference.
The 12th Man Prediction Tottenham 1 vs Manchester United 1
With a similar playing style, it is likely that both teams will find it hard to score a goal. However, both teams have shown that they can get a goal when needed. Thus it could end up in a 1-1 draw.