|DATE||Saturday 28th October 2017|
|Manchester United SQUAD||1.
David de GEA
2. Victor LINDELOF
3. Eric BAILLY
4. Phil JONES
5. Marcos ROJO
6. Paul POGBA
8. Juan MATA
9. Romelu LUKAKU
10. Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC
11. Anthony MARTIAL
12. Chris SMALLING
14. Jesse LINGARD
16. Michael CARRICK
17. Daley BLIND
19. Marcus RASHFORD
20. Sergio ROMERO
21. Ander HERRERA
22. Henrikh MKHITARYAN
23. Luke SHAW
25. Antonio VALENCIA
27. Marouane FELLAINI
31. Nemanja MATIC
36. Matteo DARMIAN
38. Axel TUANZEBE
39. Scott McTOMINAY
40. Joel Castro PEREIRA
The two teams had very differing fortunes last weekend. United
lost 1-2 away at Huddersfield and Spurs pout Liverpool to the sword
- winning 4-1 at Wembley. Having contrasting results in
midweek too, the two sides that step out at Old Trafford are likely
to be changed from both of those games. With injuries and
players on rotation, the elevens will be changed with the managers
at sixes and sevens to put out their 4-4-2s and 3-5-2s.
Mourinho has been criticised for parking the bus - something he cries about when other teams employ the same tactics as him - at Liverpool and he might be tempted to do so again, although the pressure is on him to attack with the game being at the Theatre of Dreams. There are sufficient players in the Manchester United side to play an attacking game, but Mourinho's avowed intent to win things with the club mean that he will deploy whatever tactics he thinks will bring them the big prizes. Whether his defence is up to that or not, only time will tell, but without Harry Kane, they may not be fully tested on Saturday. However, Tottenham got through the spell when he was injured last season, although the drawn games in that period might have made the run-in a bit tighter if some had been three-point hauls instead.
There is a threat up front for United, with Romelu Lukaku running Harry close in the last two seasons for the Golden Boot, but there are some games when he does not engage and becomes a bit of a passenger, but on his day (and especially against smaller teams) he can run riot. Hopefully, compatriots Toby and Jan will know how to keep him subdued and Davinson can stand up to his strength.
Injuries have robbed the Red Devils of some of their first team, but the money they spent in the summer should have made these absences irrelevant. Tottenham have an issue up front, but having brought in Llorente, he can play there and might do better if Spurs play the ball to him how he likes it. Son can play as a striker too and he is in good form, so might prove a handful for the home defence, although he will need quick support from midfield to help him out.
United won the corresponding fixture last season with a goal from Mkhitaryan, who ahs not been a regular fixture in the side, with Matic coming in during the transfer window from Chelsea and Juan Mata enjoying a renaissance under the Portuguese manager. Herrera may have fallen out with Mourinho too, so, with Carrick and Pogba injured, the options are little more limited in midfield. With Ibrahimovic out and Rashford facing a late test on his hamstring, the attacking options to back up Lukaku might be thin. Lingard and Martial will stand by, but they will miss the height and strength in midfield of Fellaini and Pogba. There are still the likes of Valencia and Blind to play there if required.
Goalkeeper David de Gea is in the top bracket of goalkeepers across Europe and it is only the suspect nature of some of those directly in front of him that lets him down. While Jones and Smalling have been England picks, they are not quite to the standard you might wish in the middle of defence, while Darmian and Bailly both have weaknesses and can be found out if played right. Lindelof has had a dodgy induction into the Premier League, so pressure on him might pay off, with Luke Shaw not even considered for any game of importance, so low does the manager rate him
For Pochettino, it is a question of Plan B, now there will be no Harry Kane in the Harry Kane team. Llorente hasn't quite been used to his strengths and trying to play him in a Kane role will not work, as Harry is so mobile. He needs someone to play off and an away game at Old Trafford might not be the place to pay two up front. It worked at the Bernabeu though. It will also be a dangerous game to just rely on hitting UNite don the break. We have enough players to take the game to them and the way we play away suits our style, with teams not sitting back with numbers behind the ball.
take Spurs to bring something back south with them in the way of
points, but it won't be an open, exciting encounter, that's for
|PREDICTION||Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
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United TEAM NEWS :
Marouane Fellaini (knee), Paul Pogba (hamstring), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee), Michael Carrick (calf) and Marcos Rojo (knee), while Marcus Rashford (hamstring), Eric Bailly (groin) and Ander Herrera (ankle) are set for late fitness tests.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Harry Kane will not be available for this game, due to a slight hamstring injury, while Victor Wanyama's knee injury keep him out nof contention. Erik Lamela is training with the first team again, but may not be risked.
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Saturday 28th October 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
Kick off 12:30
|Martial 80m 49s||None|
Valencia (simulation) 73
|Crowd : 75,034||Weather : Rainy|
|Referee : Jon Moss (Leeds)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Bennett; Mr. A. Halliday|
|Fourth Official : Stuart Atwell|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Stretford End in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|Manchester United :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
David de GEA
Jesse LINGARD 65)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
20 DELE Alli
7 Heung-Min SON (18 Fernando LLORENTE 62)
|Manager : Jose Mourinho||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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Tottenham lost at Old Trafford
by the only goal of the game for the third season running, but they
played well, without their man striker Harry Kane, but failed to .
Tottenham's first effort on
goal was a dribbler of a shot from Aurier 25 yards out, but when
United went forward, Sissoko brought down Mkhitaryan, who got to the
ball first and Rashford tried a shot form 30 yards out that Lloris
dived right to push wide. For the first fifteen minutes, Spurs
had been chasing the game and had not been able to string passes
together, but they started to hold the ball a bit more and move it
further upfield. Neither side was making
A late free kick was hoisted into the box and cleared, with Lingard running from inside his own half through with only Lloris to beat, but Eriksen's chasing back put him off and the United forward shot way over the top. Three minutes of added time saw a free-kick given against Llorente for a shove, with Bailly failing to be punished for a blatant block on Dembele to the edge of the box.
The game was not a classic
and Spurs were made to pay for one moment of lost concentration, but
United maintained their 100% home record and five games without a
goal conceded. Without Kane, the side acquitted themselves well,
managing to keep United to a few chances and then had a handful of
chances themselves, but a draw would probably have been the right
result on the balance of play.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Crystal Palace||2||West Ham United London||2||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||2||Manchester City||3||Saturday|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||1||Southampton||1||Sunday|
|League Table 2017-18|
|12||Brighton & Hove Albion||10||3||3||4||10||11||12||-1|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||10||2||4||4||9||13||10||-4|
|16||West Ham United London||10||2||3||5||10||19||9||-9|
Position before match :
Position after match : 3rd
Position after the weekend : 3rd
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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