It’s a clash between second and third place in the Premier League on Saturday as Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Can United stop Harry Kane from continuing his great goal scoring form?
The Red Devil’s beat Swansea City midweek to reach the last eight of the Carabao Cup. However, we haven’t won in the league since 30th September, where we beat Crystal Palace 4-0. Romelu Lukaku will be looking to end his barren run having not scored in our last four games.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have won their last four Premier League games and haven’t lost in the competition since 20th August. Harry Kane has scored eight in nine league games this season, so if we want anything from this game then keeping him quiet will be extremely important. Spurs did lose 3-2 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, giving away a two goal lead against West Ham United.
Phil Jones has declared himself available for this crucial tie, having come off with a thigh injury against Huddersfield last Saturday. Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all still out. Marouane Fellaini is a major doubt for the game.
For Tottenham, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele could feature after returning from injury against West Ham. Erik Lamela and Victor Wanyama, however, are expected to miss the match.
At Old Trafford, United haven’t lost to Tottenham in their last three games, conceding zero goals in the process. In the Premier League, we have a strong record against the Lilywhites, winning 32 of the 50 previous meetings.
Jose Mourinho also has a strong record against Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, coming out on top nine times out of twelve games.
Jon Moss will be officiating the game on Saturday. This will be his second United game of the season having taken charge of our 4-0 victory against Swansea back in August.
It doesn’t take a genius to know it’s going to be a tough game at the weekend. Tottenham are at the top of their game while we have stuttered in recent weeks. We need these three points to keep in touching distance of League leaders Manchester City. I hope that we actually go for the win rather than sit back and hold out for the draw like we did at Anfield, but I can’t see it. The most likely result on Saturday is a goalless stalemate and that’s what I’m predicting will happen.
Manchester United 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
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