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Mourinho goes to his former club with both teams searching for improvement
Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham
Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021 | Venue: Greater Manchester, Old TraffordBet Now
Neither Manchester United nor Tottenham will be completely happy with how their seasons have started.
Both lost their opening matches of the season in poor performances before biting back with wins in their next game. Spurs have an extra point over United due to playing one game more so far.
They can take positives from their performances in cup competitions, however. Man United have won both of their Carabao Cup matches 3-0 to progress to the Quarter-Finals while Spurs have also reached the last-eight as well as winning their Europa League matches.
The league is where they are determined to kickstart their season this weekend. A win for either side would represent a strong start as the teams head into the international break. A defeat would send them back to square one.
A lot is riding on this one and all three results are possible.
Form Guide (all comps): LWWW
Reasons to be cheerful:
Showing signs of returning to form
Having the stronger attack of the two teams
Reasons to be fearful:
Have looked poor defensively this season
Chaotic transfer window is harming the team
Just as it appeared United would kick on from their third-place finish last season, they take a step backwards with some poor performances so far this season.
Sure, they picked up three points against Brighton last weekend, but it was a thoroughly undeserved win with their opposition desperately unlucky not to leave with at least a point after hitting the woodwork five times.
United scored three goals but were poor defensively, just as they were against Crystal Palace the week before. Much has been made of United’s struggle to sign players this summer and not being able to bring in a new defender is leaving a weak spot.
On the plus side, Bruno Fernandes was brilliant with a goal and an assist last weekend and is picking up where he left off last season.
If United’s attack are on song, they could edge the match.
Star Man – Bruno Fernandes
Played brilliantly against Brighton and scored the winner with the coolest penalty in the 100th minute.
Form Guide (all comps): WWDWW
Reasons to be cheerful
Results have improved since opening day defeat
Harry Kane is in terrific form
Reasons to be fearful
Injury concerns to Son and Lo Celso
Issue of tiredness after so many games already
Tottenham have been able to play themselves back into form after an opening day defeat to Everton due to the number of matches played since then.
With Spurs progressing through two Carabao Cup matches as well as winning three Europa League games to reach the group stage, Spurs have played a crazy amount of minutes at the start of the season.
Whilst they have picked up some form along the way, winning five and drawing one since losing to Everton, tiredness must surely be a concern heading into this key fixture.
Key player Son is an injury doubt, as in Lo Celso. Gareth Bale won’t be available to play until after the international break. Harry Kane is in great form but has only scored two goals in 12 games against United.
Spurs can win this game, but they’ll need to be at their best to stop United’s attack.
Star Man – Harry Kane
Such a quality player, but has a poor scoring record against United. He’ll be looking to change that this weekend.
Match will be tight with neither team wanting to lose
Spurs will look to test United’s shaky defence early
Will come down to whose attack is on form
This game will come down to who can be most adventurous and take their chances in front of goal.
Neither side will want a defeat going into the international break, but the game is certainly there for either side to win if they go for it.
United’s defence hasn’t been great but have a terrific set of attackers who can create goals from any situation.
Tottenham have been a little more solid, but will Mourinho give his attacking players the licence to play with freedom?
It can go either way, though may just end in stalemate.
Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham
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