Man United vs Spurs: Team news, prediction & head to head

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 27/08/2018

Manchester United will be aiming to return to winning ways in the Premier League on Monday evening when Tottenham Hotspur travel to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils were beaten 3-2 away at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out and are already left playing catch-up on their title rivals just a fortnight into the season.

Tottenham have had their share of distractions too after their move to the new stadium at White Hart Lane was delayed, but at least these have been limited to off-the-field issues. While the north Londoners outfit taking two wins from two so far this term with Harry Kane already ending his August hoodoo.

Team News 

Alex Sanchez missed United’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton on Sunday with his manager predicting the knock would rule him out but the Chile international has since returned to training, offering hope of getting into the starting eleven on Monday.

Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard all returned to full first-team training late last week with the latter coming off the bench against Brighton. Both Valencia and Matic are expected to be in contention to return against Spurs.

South Korea's progress to the quarter-finals of the Asian Games means that Heung-min Son is still unavailable as he is on international duty, while Victor Wanyama remains sidelined as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Juan Foyth, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah continue their recoveries from knocks but Harry Winks is back in full training.

Hugo Lloris is expected to keep his place in goal despite being charged with drink driving last week, but could yet be stripped of the Tottenham captaincy.

Head to Head 

This will be the 190th meeting between the two Premier League giants as you might expect Manchester United have historically dominated the fixture, winning 90 of their past meetings with Spurs taking 51 wins.

Red Devils have won 21 of their 26 home Premier League matches against Tottenham, including victories in each of the last four encounters without conceding a goal.

In fact, the North London outfit have lost more Premier League games at Old Trafford than any other team at any ground in the competition's history.

The home team has won this fixture on each of the last seven occasions since March 2015, compared to just seven of the previous 24 games.

Recent Form 

Manchester United have won two, draw one and lost three from their last six games, while Tottenham won four, draw one and loss one too from the same number of matches.

Manager Quotes 

Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho said: "Against Brighton, we made mistakes, we paid for the mistakes and we lost.

"I think you look at football in a very pragmatic way, normally you get what you deserve, so if we want to win against a good team against Tottenham, we cannot make mistakes.

"In big matches last season we managed to get lots of good results, which in the end are points like the other points in the other matches. But for the supporters, normally it has a little different feeling."

Spur manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We are a big club of course, we need to be bigger of course and we are on the way to be a bigger club. But after four years, many people say we haven't won anything.

"That is history. We are trying to set the basis to win, we are breaking records about good results but of course it is not enough."

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham

Red Devils possible starting lineup: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Bailly, Valencia; Pogba, Matic, Fred; Rashford, Lukaku, Lingard

Spur possible starting lineup: Lloris ; Sanchez, Vertonghen, Alderweireld; Trippier, Alli, Dier, Eriksen, Davies; Moura; Kane

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