Match preview of English Premier League gameweek-3 clash between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur
Date – 27th August, 2018, Monday
Time – 7:00 pm GMT , 8.00 BST
Venue – Old Trafford, Manchester
TV Info – Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN(US), Star Sports Select 1(India)
Live Stream – Sky Go, NBC Sports Live, Hotstar
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: Eddie Smart, Richard West
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are set to lock horns at the Old Trafford Stadium.
Spurs would like carry on with the winning momentum as their new campaign started with a 2-1 away win at St James’ Park and 3-1 win against newly promoted Fulham. The good news for Spurs is that almost all of their star performers are available for the clash. Moreover Harry Kane’s poor record in August which could have been an issue for Pochettino’s side, has finally ended as he scored against Fulham last week.
Manchester United, on the other hand, started the season brightly against the Foxes at the Old Trafford. But, Brighton handed them a shock defeat last week at the Amex Stadium. With Jose still unsure about Matic, Valencia and Sanchez’ fitness, things ain’t looking good at the red half of Manchester.
Manchester United – 9th
Tottenham – 5th
Last 2 matches
Manchester United – W L
Tottenham – W W
Jesse Lingard started the last match from bench. That means he is fit enough to start this match if Mourinho decides to give him a start. Matic and Valencia have already started taking part in full training which is a big boost for the Red Devils. Sanchez is still a doubt for this match but Jose is hopeful Luke Shaw will be fully fit before the game starts.
Pochettino will go into this match once again without one of his trusted weapons – Son Heung-Min as he is representing South Korea in the Asian Games. Wanyama is still injured whereas Harry Winks has started full training. So, the Argentine has a strong set of players to choose from for this clash at the Old Trafford.
Manchester United (4-3-3)
De Gea – Shaw – Lindelof – Bailly – Valencia – Matic – Fred – Pogba – Mata – Sanchez – Lukaku
Coach – Jose Mourinho
Tottenham Hotspur (3-5-2)
Lloris – Alderweireld- Vertonghen – Sanchez – Davies – Trippier – Dier – Eriksen – Alli – Lucas – Kane
Coach – Mauricio Pochettino
Injuries and Suspensions
Dalot[Injured], Matic[Doubtful], Shaw[Doubtful], Sanchez[Doubtful], Valencia[Doubtful]
Victor Wanyama[Injured], Juan Foyth[Injured], Harry Winks[Doubtful]
Head to head
Manchester United and Tottenham have faced each other 52 times till now in the Premier League. Tottenham claimed 8 wins against United’s 33 with rest of the 11 matches ended in a stalemate. Last season both won their respective home fixtures.
Although Brighton handed United a shock defeat in gameweek 2, Old Trafford has always been a fortress for Manchester United. Again, considering the recent form of Spurs, I’ll go with a 1-1 scoreline.