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Man Utd vs Spurs: Injury updates, head to head & predictions

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 03/12/2019

Manchester United play host to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night having failed to win either of their last two fixtures in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, former boss Jose Mourinho has won his opening three games in charge of Spurs, which has helped moved the north London side two points ahead of Red Devils in the standings.

Team News 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping at least one of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba will return from injury, with the Scotland international the more likely of the pair to start.

Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are back in training but lacking match fitness, while Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo are still out as Manchester United boss could be tempted to revert to a back three with Axel Tuanzebe coming in after seeing his side concede five against Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

Spurs remain without goalkeepers Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, meaning Paulo Gazzaniga will remain between the sticks, with Erik Lamela and Ben Davies both also out.

Mourinho opted to use Jan Vertonghen at left-back against Bournemouth on Saturday but could be tempted to move the Belgian infield to partner Toby Alderweireld at centre back, with Danny Rose taking the vacant spot.

Head to Head

Wednesday's fixture will represent the 192nd competitive encounter between the two clubs, with Manchester United winning 91 times in comparison to Spurs registering 52 victories of their own.

Ten matches have been played since there was a draw in this fixture, a run which began when the clubs played out a stalemate at White Hart Lane in December 2014.

The clubs last met in January as Red Devils recorded a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium courtesy of a goal from Rashford.

Recent Form

 

Considering Manchester United are, well, Manchester United, their recent form hasn't been good enough, regardless of whether or not they're planning for the future.

Solskjaer's side are three games without a victory in all competitions, last winning in early November when they beat Brighton 3-1. Since then, they've drawn with Aston Villa and Sheffield United and lost at Astana, though the latter featured a young and experimental squad.

Since the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have been scoring and winning, even though they've shipped a fair few strikes in the process.

Former Chelsea boss reign started with a 3-2 success at West Ham, before the 4-2 Champions League success over Olympiacos and another 3-2 win over Bournemouth.

Manchester United possible starting lineup: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams; McTominay, Fred; James, Lingard, Rashford; Martial

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose; Dier, Winks; Sissoko, Alli, Son; Kane

Prediction: Manchester United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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