Manchester United v Tottenham – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Old Trafford plays host to a huge battle between Manchester United and Tottenham as both teams continue to try and build an identity and climb the table…

It has surely been a while since Manchester United came into a match with a 100% win rate after 13 whole days of a month.

Last seen at the DW Stadium against Wigan in the FA Cup, a 2-0 win was surely underwhelming for United who deployed a full squad against a club who sit 63rd in English football. Once again they struggled to get the ball in the net, even against third-division rivals.

I’m hoping that some long breaks between games for United who could be undergoing a slight restructuring as part of Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s arrival will be beneficial.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 games)
AUG 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-0 Manchester United
APR 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 2-2 Manchester United
OCT 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-0 Tottenham
MAR 2022 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 3-2 Tottenham
OCT 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 0-3 Manchester United
APR 2021 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-3 Manchester United
OCT 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham
JUN 2020 PREMIER LEAGUE Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United
DEC 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham
JUL 2019 INTERNATIONAL CUP Tottenham 1-2 Manchester United

Before Wigan, the second half of December provided just one win from four matches and it was a surprise comeback against Aston Villa from 2-0 down at half-time that made fans excited and provided them with yet another glimpse of what the squad can do if everything’s going well on the pitch.

But yet again they couldn’t back a great performance up, subsequently failing and playing lethargic football once again, this time against Nottingham Forest in a 2-1 defeat at City Ground.

It looks as if Erik ten Hag will be able to deploy defensive catalyst Lisandro Martinez in the upcoming days, with a target originally set to be mid-January. Brazilian star midfielder Casemiro will also be available soon and will surely provide a massive boost to a midfield of McTominay, Mainoo, and Eriksen who sometimes fail to match the proficiency of previous iterations of United’s midfield from years gone by.

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Tottenham arrive at Old Trafford after a hugely successful recent run which has yielded five wins from their last six matches in all competitions.
Most recently against Burnley, Pedro Porro created a moment of magic with a bold but brave strike from outside the box which somehow struck the top left of Burnley’s goal. The fact he started running in celebration before it even went in tells you about the squad’s current confidence levels and their goalscoring fluency.

With Spurs top goalscorer Son away on international duty for the remainder of January and perhaps even a sizable portion of February, the pressure will be on Kulusevski and Brennan Johnson to keep up Tottenham’s phenomenal goalscoring record this season which sits at 42 goals, 20 more than Manchester United.

The away side will also miss Argentinian journeyman Giovani Lo Celso through injury, who has stepped up in recent weeks and put up some great displays in the midfield with four direct goal contributions in ten matches. Maddison, Bissouma, Sarr, and Perisic reprise their absence through either injury or national team selection.

VERDICT
Although Spurs have scored more goals this season than the home side and have been known for their goalscoring streak of 22 games under Ange Postecoglou, they’ve also conceded more goals than Manchester United. The gameplan of exploiting the right side of the defence won’t work here as well as it did against Burnley, and this could very well be the end of their goalscoring streak. The previously mentioned Manchester United players being reintroduced to the squad, combined with the huge list of missing players for Spurs could be a game changer and I’m backing Manchester United to score over 2.5 goals at 21/10 with starsports.bet.

LEWIS WILLIAMS

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