English Premier League | Manchester United vs Tottenham: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

The story of Spurs’ 6-1 win at Old Trafford

Back in October 2020, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane inspired a historic win at Old Trafford. Re-live the story of the game on OneFootball.


Manchester United vs Tottenham: Line-ups

Manchester United

Tottenham

A Cagey Affair on the Cards

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The Red Devils were clinging onto fourth spot in the table but have now been surpassed by a blistering Arsenal – who also possess three games in hand – but victory for fifth-placed Man United here will see them return to the Champions League spots before the Gunners face Leicester City a day later.

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There is also the small matter of the second leg of their Champions League knockout tie with Atletico Madrid to come, but having now failed to win any of their last three in all tournaments, optimism cannot be high among the Old Trafford fanbase right now.

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Rangnick’s side can take some solace in the fact that they have strung together a four-match unbeaten streak at home in the Premier League – conceding only one goal in that stretch – but that may count for nought against a man with Alan Shearer’s record in his sights.

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Spurs have recent experience in prevailing on the Manchester turf, and they have made a habit of winning one then losing one away from home since the turn of the year, which bodes well for them after defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup earlier this month.

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Man United stormed to a 3-0 win on Spurs’ turf in a game that cost Nuno Espirito Santo his job earlier in the season, but Jose Mourinho embarrassed his former club with a 6-1 victory at Old Trafford last term, and Tottenham’s recent hot streak in front of goal means that such an astonishing scoreline is not entirely beyond the realm of possibility here.

DPP Verdict

Tottenham can still be a bit suspect defensively under Conte, but with Ronaldo and Cavani only just making their returns to fitness, Rangnick’s side could struggle against the Lilywhites’ counter-attacking machine. Managing to string together a set of wins has proven challenging for Spurs, though, and with Man United keeping the back door shut at Old Trafford quite well in recent weeks, we can only envisage a low-scoring draw in a result which will not do much good for either manager.