Tottenham host Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as Spurs look to boost their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League. Spurs are currently seventh in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who dominated Crystal Palace 4-1 yesterday. Meanwhile, Manchester United is still chasing Manchester City in the Premier League title race with a fourteen-point-gap and two matches unplayed.
Tottenham Hotspur’s elimination from the Europa League in the middle of the March has placed enormous pressure on Jose Mourinho to deliver Tottenham to the top-four of the Premier League. The Portuguese head coach potentially lost his job if he is unable to lead Tottenham to the UEFA Champions League next season. Spurs still have a chance to reach their first silverware since a long time as they will take on Manchester City in the League Cup final. However, Mourinho’s side has only won one of their last five games across all competitions. Tottenham is currently seventh in the league and a win against Manchester United will take them near the top-four.
Manchester United are currently second in the table, 14 points behind Manchester City, with two matches in hand. Although winning the Premier League titles looks unlikely, the Red Devils is set to finish strongly. Solskjaer’s side has won four out of their last five games across all competitions, including their 2-0 win against Granada in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur faced each other 194 times, 92 wins for Manchester United and 53 wins for Tottenham Hotspur, and there have been 49 draws throughout history. In their last five league meetings, the record is split evenly down the middle as both sides won two matches. However, Spurs demolished Manchester United at Old Trafford in a 6-1 mauling in the earlier fixture this season. Meanwhile, the Red Devils’ last win came in December 2019, with a double from Marcus Rashford.
Injuries & Suspensions
Jose Mourinho confirmed that Ben Davies and Matt Doherty won’t take part in the clash due to injuries, apart from these two, the home side will have a full-strength squad for the game. Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld could return to the starting XI after missing out against Newcastle last weekend, Son Heung Min is also expected to return to the side as he featured as a substitute against the Magpies.
For Manchester United, Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly will also be out due to injuries: Martial remains a knee problem since the recent international break while Eric Bailly tested positive for COVID-19. Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are having doubts about their fitness, but they are likely to be in the squad for the game. Dean Henderson is expected to replace David De Gea while Fred is expected to return to the midfield.
(Possible Tottenham’s front four: Son Heung Min, Lucas Moura, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Kane)
- GK: Hugo Lloris
- DF: Serge Aurier – Davinson Sanchez – Joe Rodon – Sergio Reguilon
- MF: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – Tanguy Ndombele – Son Heung Min – Giovani Lo Celso – Lucas Moura
- FW: Harry Kane
- GK: Dean Henderson
- DF: Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Victor Lindelof – Harry Maguire – Luke Shaw
- MF: Scott McTominay – Fred – Mason Greenwood – Bruno Fernandes – Paul Pogba
- FW: Marcus Rashford
This is a very important match for Tottenham if they want to finish in the top-fou, Mourinho’s side has had much longer time to prepare for this clash as Manchester United had to play in the Europa League this midweek. However, the Red Devils are so difficult to beat as they’re in good form; it will be an entertaining draw for me.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United
Author: Kuyet @ TrophyRoom
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