The Premier League returns this weekend after a break for the Emirates FA Cup and Carabao League Cup ties to be played and they produced some belters and outstanding fixtures but, the racing pulse and fun of the English Premier League returns this weekend with some interesting derbies and pulsating clashes.
The pick of them all though, is the rejuvenated Manchester United’s trip to the White Hart Lane on Sunday to face a seemingly eager Tottenham side who are not just focused on ‘keeping the pressure on’ but rather, putting up a real challenge and fight for the title this season.
The reverse fixture at Old Trafford in August, saw United hammered by their London rivals and United are sure to seek revenge but this fixture will not just be for the bragging rights but also, the Top 4 chances of both clubs also depends on the result of this game as this season turns out to be one big challenge between the Top 6 clubs in England.
Interim United boss Ole Solskjaer has praised Tottenham boss and Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino which suggests he knows what he’s up against.
The two clubs have met a total of 53 times in the Premier League with 33 wins for United and 11 draws. The recent games have seen the Saints with a slight advantage over the Red Devils but United have won 12 of their away meetings though they have failed to win their last 5 away games after Fergurson left. Last 5 recent games:
- Sunday 11 December 2016. Old Trafford, Manchester.
Man Utd 1 – 0 Spurs
- Sunday 14THMay 2017. White Hart Lane, London.
Spurs 2 – 1 Man Utd
- Saturday 28THOctober 2017. Old Trafford, Manchester.
Man Utd 1 – 0 Spurs
- Wednesday 31stJanuary 2018. Wembley Stadium, London.
Spurs 2 – 1 Man Utd
- Monday 27th August 2018. Old Trafford, Manchester.
Man Utd 0 – 3 Spurs
This is a Premier League clash involving two top clubs in England spoilt with world-class and talented players but there’s no doubt that both Ole Solskjaer and Pochettino will be looking up to some players for magical moments.
- Paul Pogba: The French midfielder had some torrid moments under Jose Mourinho but now seems to be relishing life under Ole Solskjaer after scoring in all Premier League games under the interim manager. Ole in his first press conference stated he was going to build a team around the French maestro who he’s described as a top player.
- Harry Kane: The English and Spurs gunman will be looking to improve his record against Man Utd after scoring just twice in 10 appearances. He scored when Spurs trashed United at Old Trafford and obviously, Pochettino will be hoping his star player can star once more.
- David De Gea: The Spanish shot stopper who many have described as the best in England and the world had a difficult start to the season but under Ole he has started to pick form and pull off those incredible saves he is known for. United fans will pray he turns up with his magical gloves.
- Christian Eriksen: “I try to control the games, keep possession and try to always create something. I want to have the ball as much as possible and the more you have it, the more you can control things so, of course, in that way I try to do what I can to influence the game.” The Danish and Spurs playmaker is mostly at the heart of Spurs play. He pulls the cords in the midfield which includes Alli and he delivers world-class set-pieces into the opposition’s 18yard boxes. Ole will have to do some work with his defensive line to thwart an obvious approach Pochettino will use in the game.
- Marcus Rashford: The young English international has become a key player in this United side and has been deployed as a Centre Forward in the new set-up. He seems to relish his role under Ole who seems to love the talent the young man possesses.
Unlike the era of Jose, the United squad look like they are enjoying their football and they will like to make a huge statement to their Top 4 rivals but although their earlier fear factor seems to be returning to the club, the Saints will not sit and watch the Red Devils control them in their adopted home ground and yes, Tottenham will love to pack to the New White Hart Lane with some good records under their belt.
Manchester United are on a winning streak under Ole and will like to push their hopes of finishing in the Top 4 but Pochettino will like to see ambition from his side to aid any title hopes they harbor.
PREDICTION: Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1 Manchester United
By: Mishael Quaynor/universnewsroom.com