Review and Team news: Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
Tomorrow night (Friday) at 8.15 Sky.
Tottenham are back, but only on Sky. The first time in over 20 years I’ve missed a match. I thought only death or severe illness would ever prevent me from missing Spurs… and it ended up neither.
So, like millions of others, I will be glued in front of my computer and processing my voucher (from Tottenham), so I can watch Spurs on NowTV.
Before the closedown and with all our injuries, I didn’t give us much chance against United or even the Spammers. But thanks to the lockdown I’ve got new hope (all our players are back… well, almost).
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are fit again, and both should start against Manchester United, that is according to according to Jose Mourinho. Giovani Lo Celso will have an injury assessed and Dele Alli is banned for a social media post mocking coronavirus.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has recovered from a stress fracture in his back. Paul Pogba is also available after an ankle problem but defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones are injured.
Manchester United have won three of the last four meetings in all competitions, losing one.
United could win consecutive Premier League away matches against Spurs for the first time since a run of six between September 2001 and February 2007.
Tottenham are winless in their last six games in all competitions.
They have kept four league clean sheets this season, the joint fewest in the division.
Spurs have never won a competitive match in June. most recently losing last season’s Champions League final against Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho has lost all three of his league games as Spurs head coach against sides he has formerly managed.
Harry Kane has scored just twice in 11 Premier League appearances against United. Kane’s ratio of a goal every 457 minutes is his worst against any Premier League opponent.
Son Heung-min has scored in five successive Spurs appearances in all competitions.
United are unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions, winning eight, scoring 29 times and keeping nine clean sheets.
They have kept four clean sheets in their last five top-flight matches, as many as in their previous 35 Premier League games combined.
However, United have only won four of their past 18 Premier League away matches.
Nemanja Matic could make his 200th Premier League appearance.
Since his Premier League debut, Bruno Fernandes leads United’s charts for goal involvement (two goals, three assists), chances created (11) and most shots (19).
We need to win the next two games to have any chance of getting into the top four. Arsenal lost, and Sheffield United drew, all will help us. I am going for a 1-0 or 2-1 win.