Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur. English Premier League

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur

How José Mourinho and Manchester United could use a win against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham. The home side is coming off a dire loss at Brighton and the visitors have maximum points.

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In this fixture, we can actually see two ends of the spectrum, for while Mourinho’s team looks disjointed and joyless, Spurs give the impression of being happily united, despite all that external negativity surrounding summer signings.

Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane might fancy adding to his first-ever August League goal to help Spurs prevail at a ground where historically they usually suffer.

United need to bounce back from the 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion against a Spurs side who have started the season with two wins out of two, and if they fail to do so then the pressure will only ratchet up another notch or two on Jose Mourinho.

Neither team has any suspension concerns with none of their players sent off in their opening games of this term.

Spurs have started the campaign with back-to-back wins over Newcastle and Fulham, and they’ve even had the boost of a Harry Kane goal in August for the first time in his career.

They will need to break another jinx if they are to keep their perfect start going. With their last four trips to Old Trafford having finished in defeat and the last three all having resulted in 1-0 losses.

Manchester United

Manchester United have won 21 of their 26 home Premier League games against Spurs (D3 L2), winning each of the last four without conceding a goal.

Spurs have lost more away Premier League matches at Old Trafford (21) than any team has lost away from home at a stadium in the competition’s history.

Manchester United’s next Premier League home defeat will be their 50th in the competition at Old Trafford. 31% (15) of their Premier League home defeats have come since 2013-14; the first season without Sir Alex Ferguson in charge.

Harry Kane (18 goals) has scored two goals more than Romelu Lukaku (16) versus ‘big six’ opposition in the Premier League; this despite playing 2008 minutes fewer and attempting 31 shots fewer than the Belgian in these games.

David de Gea has conceded 10 goals from the last 14 shots on target that he’s faced for Spain and Manchester United combined since the start of the 2018 World Cup.

August 25, 2018

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