Manchester United vs Tottenham Preview: Battle At Old Trafford


Tottenham have not had the best of results against Manchester United in their visits to Old Trafford in the Premier League era, and they will be aiming for only their third victory away at Old Trafford. That task will be made even  harder with the absence of talisman, Harry Kane.


Both teams are level on points and Manchester United  are only better with a superior goal difference. Both of them will be hoping to close the gap on early flyers, Manchester City who they trail by five points.

Spurs are coming are the back of an impressive 4-1 victory against Liverpool and United will be hoping for a better result after a 2-1 defeat at lowly Huddersfield.


Manchester United injury problems in  midfield persists with Paul Pogba, Maroune Fellaini, and Michael Carrick still out of this fixture. Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford are expected to shake off knocks picked on during the EFL cup midweek victory vs Swansea and are in contention for this one. Centre back paring of Phil Jones and Eric Baily are expected back, Jones walked off at the Huddersfield and Baily has been missing for weeks.


Tottenham will be missing their talisman and leader Harry Kane after the England international failed to shake off his hamstring injury picked up at Wembly during the victory against Liverpool.

Moussa Dembele resumed training this week and might be in contention for this one. Danny Rose will be hoping to make the starting berth for this one after chalking up some minutes against West Ham during The EFL cup defeat. The London outfit will still be missing Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela.



  • Manchester United have won their last three Premier League home games against Tottenham without conceding a goal.
  • Spurs have lost 20 of their 25 Premier League trips to Old Trafford (W2, D3) – their worst away record against any club in the division.
  • Spurs will be looking to record consecutive league victories over United for the first time since April 1990.
  • Jose Mourinho has won all five of his home matches against Mauricio Pochettino by an aggregate score of 15-1.

  • Spurs have won six successive Premier League away games, and nine of their last 10.


Man Utd starting XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Darmian; Herrera, Matic; Young, Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku

Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Trippier, Winks, Dier, Rose; Eriksen, Dele; Llorente


Article By: Larry Feyi, @larryfeyii