Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 27/08/2018

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview – 27/08/2018

Monday night sees one of the biggest matches of the season so far as Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, as they look to keep their perfect start to going and pile the pressure on Jose Mourinho further. In last season’s meeting at Old Trafford United came out on top winning by one goal to nil thanks to Anthony Martial.

It is incredible to think that a Manchester United manager this early on into a season can find himself under this much pressure, but that’s exactly the situation Jose Mourinho finds himself in after just two league games. Although they beat Leicester on the opening day of the campaign, they will welcome the visit of Tottenham off the back of a shocking 3-2 loss at Brighton and rising murmurs of dressing-room discontent. Rumours of training ground bust-ups with Paul Pogba and the continued speculation that Zinedine Zidane is wanted as boss at Old Trafford puts Mourinho in a position of uncertainty, which could be hard to come back from. Having said that they go into Monday night’s game hoping to welcome back Alexis Sanchez in to the side after missing out on last week’s defeat to Brighton due to injury. Mourinho also confirmed that Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia returned to training following injury and could be involved in some capacity Monday.

Summer signing Diogo Dalot is still out but has begun training with the squad this week nearing a debut for the Red Devils. Ander Herrera was an unused substitute at the Amex Stadium and may be drafted in if Mourinho feels changes are needed. You expect United to be much better come Monday and they’ll need to be coming up against a strong Spurs side. Last season’s runners-up won’t want to fall any further away from the current league pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool. Defeat would already put a six-point gap between the teams in the Premier League, leaving United to play catch up once again. Paul Pogba has two league goals this season already and while he wasn’t at his devastating best last time out, his quality is there to see an the French international can be a match winner on his day. He’s been handed the captain’s armband for the first two games of the season and if he puts in another performance as he did on opening day United could go back to winning ways.

Tottenham Hotspur have two wins from two at the start of this 2018/19 season and will be hoping that this will be the year that the objective of winning silverware can finally be achieved. An opening day triumph away at Newcastle was followed up by last week’s 3-1 win over Fulham at Wembley. While it is disappointing for the club to not yet be in their new stadium, with plans to move in now being pushed back to October, performances on the pitch are not yet being affected. No signings came in over the summer, but their most recent arrival, Lucas Moura, has hit the ground running early on after struggling to adapt after his January move, starting the campaign in inspired form thus far. World Cup Golden Boot winner and England skipper Harry Kane finally netted an August goal last weekend, breaking his duck and may play with more freedom now that the frankly bizarre statistic is off his back.

Mauricio Pochettino told reporters at his pre-match press conference that Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (knee) and young defender Juan Foyth (thigh) are both still out with injuries but are nearing returns to training. They will also be without South Korean forward Heung-min Son as he continues to take part in the Asian Games for his country. Hugo Lloris is likely to continue between the sticks, despite being arrested in the week on a drink driving charge. A win against United would cement Spurs as real threats this season as they push for a maiden Premier League title. A win against one of their rivals this early in the season would prove the doubters wrong and prove that you don’t need squad overhauls in transfer windows to get results. In the eyes of some, Spurs will go into this game as favourites against a United side that were particularly poor last time out at Brighton.

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