Can Manchester United recover after Brighton defeat?

Last updated: August 27, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 20:00 pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
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Last Meeting: Man Utd 2 – 1 Spurs
Competition: EPL

Monday night’s game is the mouth-watering clash between Manchester United and Tottenham. Spurs will be keen to join Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford on maximum points after three games but Manchester United will equally be determined to put their surprise defeat against Brighton behind them and ease the mounting pressure on Chief Executive Ed Woodward.

Manchester United won their opening fixture against Leicester City 2-1 but had a shocking loss at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend losing 3-2. The score line underlined the defensive frailties of United with defensive duo Eric Bailly and Victor Lindeloef in particular having a bad game, making what Jose Mourinho termed as “incredible mistakes” that led to goals. Paul Pogba after the game took some responsibility for the defeat, admitting his attitude wasn’t right and he had put his own performance ahead of the team’s performance.

Goal line technology came to the rescue of Tottenham in their first game when Jan Vertonghen’s header crossed the line by just 9mm in the 2-1 win over Newcastle. The second match was a more comfortable encounter, beating newly promoted Fulham 3-1 with goals from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane. Trippier’s free-kick was a particular highlight, reminiscent of his World Cup goal for England against Croatia. Spurs will have the added incentive of gaining revenge for last season’s FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of United, a game in which they were the better side but lost 2-1.

Team News

Ander Herrera is back after recovering from a hamstring injury picked up in the pre-season match against Bayern Munich.

Nemanja Matić is out and Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, and Sergio Romero are still doubtful.

Son Heung-min has left the Spurs camp to captain South Korea in the Asian games.

Victor Wanyama is still recovering from a knee injury he got in the pre-season friendly against Barcelona.

Expected Line-Ups:

Man Utd (4-3-3): De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindeloef, Shaw, Fred, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford, Lukaku
Subs: Grant, Herrera, Smalling, Fellaini, Sanchez, Pereira
Injured: Matic, Rojo, Romero, Valencia
Doubtful: Sanchez
Not available:
Spurs (3-4-2-1): Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Dier, Eriksen, Davies, Alli, Moura, Kane
Subs: Lamela, Winks, Aurier, Sissoko, Dembele, Rose, Vorm
Injured: Victor Wanyama
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man Utd This Season Tottenham This Season
9th League Position 6th
1 (0) Wins (away) 1 (1)
2 – 1 vs. Leicester Biggest Win 3 – 1 vs Fulham
0 (0) Draws (away) 0 (0)
3 – 2 vs. Brighton Biggest Defeat
Pogba (2) Top Goal Scorer Trippier, Moura, Kane, Alli, Vertonghen (1)
Y3, R0 Discipline Y2, R0
0 Failures to Score 0
0 Clean Sheets 0
100% Both Teams to Score Games 100%
100% Over 2.5 Goals 100%
0% Under 2.5 Goals 0%
  • Manchester United have beaten Tottenham 21 times at Old Trafford in the Premier League, the highest number of victories against an opponent.
  • Paul Pogba has scored 2 in 2 this season and the World Cup winner will retain the captain’s armband for Manchester United.
  • Harry Kane has broken his August goal scoring drought in the Premier League. The England captain’s goal against Fulham was his first in 14 attempts.
  • Spurs are on a losing streak at Old Trafford. They have lost the last four games there in the league, failing to score a single goal.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
21/04/2018 FA Cup Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Delle Alli 11’
31/01/2018 English Premier League Tottenham 0 – 2 Manchester United Christian Eriksen 1’
28/10/2017 English Premier League Manchester United 1 – 0 Tottenham Antony Martial 81’
14/05/2017 English Premier League Tottenham 2 – 1 Manchester United Victor Wanyama 6’
11/12/2016 English Premier League Manchester United 1 0 Tottenham Henrik Mkhitaryan 29’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This game has the potential to be a classic with neither team able to keep a clean sheet in their opening two games. United prefer teams that attack them, with the game plan to hit on the counterattack. So in that respect Tottenham are their ideal opponents.

However, Tottenham’s talisman Harry Kane has broken his August goal scoring hoodoo and will certainly fancy his chances against a fragile United back line that is likely to be low on confidence. So with all things considered, over 2.5 goals would be our tip for this game. If you agree then 888sport offer great value odds.