Jose Mourinho Returns to His Previous Home in Spurs Colours

Last updated: December 3, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Wednesday, 19:30
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: WLWDD
Away Form: LDDWW
Last Meeting: Spurs 0 – 1 Man United
Competition: EPL

It’s Ole versus Jose in Wednesday’s mouth-watering clash at Old Trafford. United have been consistently inconsistent this term and face a resurgent Tottenham side who are reinvigorated by Mourinho’s appointment.

The new man in charge of Tottenham Hotspurs is the former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho who suffered in a short spell at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, despite winning them the UEFA Europa League, the EFL Cup and obtaining a second-place finish. He now heads back to Old Trafford on the visiting side with the fate of his predecessor perhaps in his hands due to inconsistent results from Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team.

Manchester United are the biggest and most successful English club on the domestic front, but they have failed to recover from the departure of long-time manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Mourinho, before his sacking, collected 26 points from his 17 games; Ole Gunnar has managed just 18 points from the first 14 games, making it the worst start to a league in 33 years for United. The Red Devils have given away the lead in the last two matches against newly-promoted sides, managing a 2 – 2 draw against Aston Villa and 3 – 3 draw Sheffield United. An eight-point gap with fourth-placed Chelsea in the top 4 race steered by European football. Despite the poor run of form, the Red Devils have been good against the big teams, beating Chelsea twice, drawing against Arsenal and Liverpool.

The injury list has hit the midfield hard including Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay, who has been United’s best player so far this season. Marcus Rashford is the magician making things work with seven goals and four assists playing rather wide to the left and not as a central striker.

The manager has said he is not concerned about the club’s league position but will no doubt be aware of the availability of high-profile names in the market such as Massimiliano Allegri and now the man they have been head over heels for, Mauricio Pochettino, is jobless.

A new manager for Spurs has ignited a positive vibe for the Tottenham community with three wins on the bounce in all competition and most importantly a 3 – 2 away win against West Ham (the first this season). The’ Special One’ is now nicknamed the ‘Happy one’ with uncharacteristic smiles and positive energy on the touchline. The big question on most people’s lips will be ‘how long will this last?’ Jose has a lot of talent and variety of options at his disposal in the Spurs team, which makes the prospects of success very promising if he can improve on his player managing skills.

Dele Alli’s form has instantly been sparked since Jose’s arrival, with the Englishman scoring two goals and an assist in the last two games. The last time the two teams faced each other at Old Trafford, Jose saw his side succumb to a 3 – 0 loss with goals by Lucas Moura and Harry Kane sealing the win, and these two will likely be the first names in the starting line-up. The defence has conceded two goals in each of the last three matches under a defensive manager, who invented the ‘park the bus strategy’. Perhaps Jose hasn’t had enough time to pass his cautious message across to the players. There can be no doubt that Jose would love to get one over his former employers.

Team News

United have a good record against big teams this season beating Chelsea twice and drawing against Arsenal and Liverpool.

Rashford has been by far United’s best player in the absence of Paul Pogba with seven goals and four assists to his name.

Jose Mourinho heads back to the former side where he won with a European title and the EFL Cup before his departure; he is now hired to bring silverware to the London outfit.

Spurs have just one away win this season that came in their 3 – 2 win against West Ham and have conceded two goals in each of the last three games in all competition.

Expected Line-Ups:

Manchester United (4-3-3): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindeloef, Maguire, Shaw, Fred, Pereira, Mata, James, Rashford, Martial
Subs: Grant, Williams, Young, Rojo, Matic, Greenwood, Lingard, Tuanzebe
Injured: Bailly, Pogba, Dalot, McTominay
Doubtful: Jones
Not available:
Tottenham (4-3-3): Gazzaniga, Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Ndombele, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Son, Kane
Subs: Whiteman, Walker-Peters, Rose, Winks, Moura, Sessegnon, Eriksen
Injured: Lloris, Davies, Lamella, Vorm
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Manchester United This Season Tottenham This Season
9th League Position 5th
4 (1) Wins (away) 5 (1)
4 – 0 v Chelsea Biggest Win 4 – 0 v Crystal Palace
6 (3) Draws (away) 5 (3)
0 – 2 v West Ham Biggest Defeat 0 – 3 v Brighton
Rashford (7) Top Goal Scorer Kane (7)
Y32, R0 Discipline Y28, R2
3 Failures to Score 2
14.3% Clean Sheets 7.1%
64.3% Both Teams to Score Games 78.6%
42.9% Over 2.5 Goals 71.4%
57.1% Under 2.5 Goals 28.6%
  • Man United played against Spurs 54 times; United have dominated this fixture with 34 wins with Tottenham managing just nine wins and 11 games were a stalemate.
  • Marcus Rashford has seven goals and four assists, and if he displays the form he has been in, he would be the difference-maker alongside Kane, who also has seven goals.
  • A fixture that alternates wins for the two teams, in the last eight games. United won the last one, superstitious Spurs fans will hope the cycle of win and loss continues.
  • United have kept just two clean sheets, conceding an average of 1.21 goals per match while Spurs have kept only one clean sheet conceding an average of 1.5 goals per game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/01/2019 EPL Spurs 0 – 1 Man United Rashford 44’
27/08/2018 EPL Man United 0 – 3 Spurs Kane 50′
21/04/2018 FA Cup Man United 2 – 1 Spurs Alli 11’
31/01/2018 EPL Spurs 2 – 0 Man United Eriksen 1’
28/10/2017 EPL Man United 1 – 0 Spurs Martial 81’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Both sides have a poor defensive record conceded two or more goals in the last two Premier League matches. Spurs have kept just one clean with Man United keeping only one more than the London outfit. The possibility of both teams to score is high with the quality of players’ in front of goal sides. Ole’s faith in the youngsters is admirable, but we feel the vastly experienced coach and players of Tottenham will push United, even at their place.

Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is our prediction, the brave of you might also want to add a Tottenham win with your bet builder at Bet365.