Manchester United v Tottenham match preview with expected line-ups and result prediction.
The big game this weekend is Manchester United (#2) hosting Tottenham Hotspur (#3). Two teams with their eyes on the big prize this year, but the gap to Man City is already looking dangerously big. Points here is vital for both teams.
Man United vs Tottenham
Old Trafford – Sat 28 Oct, 13:30 CEST
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Man United last five: WWWDL
Tottenham last five: DWWWW
| De Gea
Valencia – Jones – Smalling – Darmian
Matic – Herrera
Lingard – Mkhitaryan – Young
Alderweireld – Dier – Sanchez
Aurier – Winks – Sissoko – Vertonghen
Son – Llorente
Predicting the line-ups for these two teams is getting more difficult each week, with their tough Champions League program coming up. What we do know is that Harry Kane will be unavailable for Tottenham with a hamstring injury. That should mean Son back on top, where he filled in for Kane several times last season, maybe paired with Llorente. And what about Ben Davies? Danny Rose returns from injury, but haven’t played a lot. However, I believe a formation change will send Davies out of the line-up once again.
Jose Mourinho is still missing Pogba, Carrick and Fellaini in midfield, and Matic is the glue to hold this team together right now. United started with Martial and Mata at Huddersfield, which resulted in a horrific loss. You have to think the portuguese will try something different against Tottenham. He values these games highly, and clearly puts defense over offense. I think that calls for an Ashley Young on the wing.
The big question for this game is: What is Tottenham without Harry Kane? Spurs has always struggled against top five teams, and it doesn’t get easier without their top scorer. Well, Pochettino has started to learn from Mourinho. He’s not about attack, attack, attack in these games anymore. He succeeded versus Borussia Dortmund and he found a way to get results with a new 3–5–2 formation against Real Madrid. There’s no reason to believe he’ll do anything else versus Manchester United.
And Mourinho won’t attack either. He’ll cross his fingers for a late minute winner. So the game might not be a screamer, but it will be interesting to see how the two masterminds on the sidelines will play this thing. But, Manchester United has won 20 of their last 25 matches against Tottenham at Old Trafford… I think Mourinho’s got this.
Man United 1 – 0 Tottenham
Goal: Romelu Lukaku
WRITTEN BY MATTIS HOLT, SPORTS WRITER AND VALUELIVE SHOW HOST
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