Tottenham v Man United – Wembley Stadium at 16:30 GMT
Mauricio Pochettino and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go head to head as Tottenham Hotspur welcome Manchester United in a Premier League matchday 22 showdown at Wembley on Sunday. The Spurs will come into the match fresh off the back of a 1-0 League Cup win against Chelsea and a three-match winning run. The Red Devils, on the other hand, achieved their fifth consecutive victory when they beat Reading in a 2-0 FA Cup fixture with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata.
It’s a tight content between these two teams, and this will be the most challenging fixture for the reformed Manchester United side following their beating of Cardiff City, Huddersfield, Bournemouth, and Newcastle, showing off a very much improved attacking approach in those fixtures. Manchester United certainly thrived under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the boss becoming the first manager in English football since 1888 to win his 5 first matches in charge by at least a 2-goal margin.
Tottenham Hotspur are currently at the 3rd position in the Premier League table, just 6 points below league leaders Liverpool. Their performances absolutely killed so far this season and they are very much deserving of a top four finish, or better yet, a Premier League title victory. Their 7-0 thrashing of Tranmere recently kept them in the race for the FA Cup, their Champions League tie with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund were stellar too. On Sunday, they will be looking forward to bag their fourth win as they take on Manchester United.
– Jan Vertonghen and long term absentee Mousa Dembele were reportedly be returning to training which can mean that both these Belgian internationals could play in the fixture against United.
– Eric Dier is expected to miss out Sunday’s fixture, while Victor Wanyama will still be out after suffering from a knee injury.
– Alexis Sanchez is already expected to be fit for Manchester United.
– Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling will allegedly be out due to current injuries.
PROBABLE FORMATION & STARTING XI
Tottenham: (4-2-3-1) Hugo Lloris, Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min, Harry Kane
Man United: (4-3-3) David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Matic, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial
Dele Alli is considered as the best young player in the world, as stated by manager Mauricio Pochettino. Playing as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, he has become one of the team’s most important players. His performances proved to be threatening especially in his ability to deliver stunning assists.
Son-Heung Min has been one of the Spurs’ top assets especially when he inflicted destruction upon Liverpool’s defence during their fixture on October last year. He is agile, and is very good with both of his feet which are an exceptional thing and an advantage for a footballer these days.
Paul Pogba plays as a midfielder for Manchester United. He has been blossoming quite well under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Despite some issues with United’s former boss, Jose Mourinho, he proved himself to be one of the best players in his position.
Marcus Rashford plays as a forward/striker for Manchester United and the English national team. He has been one of the best strikers for the Red Devils throughout his spell with the team. With his ability to score goals and secure victories for Manchester United, he has become one of the most consistent players for the team.
Tottenham v Man United: 3-1
Despite developing under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United’s form quality is quite different from Tottenham Hotspur’s level of form. The Red Devils won only four of their previous 17 Premier League away fixtures too. Tottenham Hotspur are the clear favourites in this match. They have yet to draw this season which means they came out victorious in 16 of their 21 matches. However, in this season’s Premier League, things happen, or in this case, the underdogs can come out triumphant, especially when you least expect it. It’s definitely going to be an entertaining clash between these two.
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