Man United vs Tottenham: Preview, Stats and Prediction

Manchester United will square up against Tottenham Hotspurs this Sunday as they attempt to earn their first Premier League win at Old Trafford this season.

Last time the Red Devils played on home turf, Crystal Palace handed them an embarrassing defeat.

Tottenham began their league season with a defeat – just like their opponent (United) this weekend.

They lost 1-0 to a rejigged Carlo Ancelotti Everton side, they returned to winning ways against Southampton with a 5-2 scoreline in match-day two.
But a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United means Spurs could have amassed 4 points in three Premier League games.

United-Spurs press conference beef

The managers of the two teams – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho – have been involved in mild war of words sparked by the Manchester United manager.

“We have to be grateful Jose is not here to measure the goalposts, it might have been smaller goals!” Solskjaer said at the press conference after his side’s 3-2 nervy victory against Brighton.

Mourinho replied: “I don’t think he [Solskjaer] will concern himself with the size of the goal but the size of the penalty box. He will not play with an 18 yard box, only 22 yards.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got a chance to get even ahead of the Carabao cup match game versus Brighton and he didn’t pass up the chance.
“It depends how you want to get there. You’ve got teams getting there, even without playing, even to this round!” The Norwegian cheekily said when asked about progress in the competition.

Both tacticians now seem to have called a truce ahead of their meeting on Sunday.

When asked about the jibes from his predecessor, Solskjaer replied: ““We are in strange times at the moment, you’ve got to sometimes have a bit of fun as well. It was a couple of innocent comments, for me Jose’s a very charismatic coach and manager and I’ve enjoyed in the media talking to him, enjoyed watching him, he’s a winner but I’m not one of these that really go into all these mind games, I’ve got ultimate respect for him as a coach and results and everything he’s given football.”

On the new handball rule…

“You can discuss it all day long, but we need some clarity on what’s a foul and what’s a penalty.

“Now it looks like you can chip a ball up into someone’s hand, like what happened to us against Crystal Palace, and Victor Lindelof got a penalty against him.” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said when quizzed on the handball rule.

Mourinho was tight lipped: I don’t want to comment, I just don’t want to. I don’t have a message [for the International Football Association Board], I don’t have a message.”.

Stats

Manchester United have only lost one of their last 16 Premier League games – Tottenham are unbeaten in 9.
Both teams have found the back of the net in five of United’s last eight PL matches.
Both teams have scored in five of Tottenham’s last seven PL games; they’ve won 4 times, drawn twice and lost once in that time.
Manchester United have for wins in the last six meetings between these two teams [4W, 1D, 1L].
Both teams have scored in the last three meetings; a minimum of three goals were scored in that period.
United have won 2 of their last five home games in the Premier League [2W, 2D, 1L].
Both teams have scored in the last four and a minimum of three goals have occurred in four of those games.
Spurs have won twice, drawn twice and lost once in five away games.

Players to watch

Manchester United: Martial, Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford and Greenwood.
Injured: Phil Jones and Tuanzebe.

Tottenham: Kane, Lo Celso, Dele Alli, Moura and Bergwijn
Injured: Gareth Bale and Son.

Verdict: This games has what it take to deliver plenty of goals. Trend shows that it’s always a goal feast when these two teams play this season.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Tottenham

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