All isn’t well at Old Trafford at present both on and off the pitch. Pre-season saw plenty of transfer speculation but Ed Woodward failed to sign any top targets leaving Jose Mourinho hugely disappointed and the United boss is also reportedly at odds with star man Paul Pogba.
An opening day win over Leicester City silenced some of their critics but then came the away day at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday and a 3-2 defeat. United could be six points behind Manchester City by the time they play on Monday, and the Manchester vs Tottenham predictions are already suggesting a tough night is in store for Mourinho’s men. The odds on a home win are 2.5 and anything less than three points for United will only increase the pressure on Mourinho’s shoulders.
A Look at Manchester United’s Predictions
Manchester United may well have finished second last season but they were 19 points behind the champions, Manchester City. The summer was underwhelming as United failed to seriously strengthen the squad to close the gap on their neighbours. Fred was the only major signing and he’s already had an impact in midfield, and the Brazilian is 8.5 to score his first goal for the club against Tottenham.
All the talk is of ‘third-season syndrome’ seems to be affecting Jose Mourinho. The usual story of arguments with his bosses, unrest among his players and poor results on the field are a familiar tale and Mourinho must turn things around quickly.
The 2-1 home win over Leicester was a solid start as United played some decent football at times and Captain Pogba looked in good form after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot. You can get odds of 8.0 on United scoring a penalty against Tottenham.
However, the performance at Brighton was shocking. “We were punished by the mistakes we made,” said Mourinho after the game on the south coast. “For me that’s the story of the game. We made incredible mistakes in some crucial moments. Mistakes that killed us,” he added.
The United defence certainly can’t afford more mistakes against a Tottenham side that includes Harry Kane and Dele Alli. The last three home games against Tottenham have all ended in 1-0 home wins and a repetition of that score line is available at offs of 9.0.
United at least have Romelu Lukaku back after his rest from World Cup duty and he scored in the defeat at Brighton. If he can reproduce the form he showed last season and the likes of Pogba and Fred in midfield can create chances for him, then United could see their fortunes improving. Lukaku is 5.5 to score the first goal and 2.5 to score anytime against Spurs.
United Strong at Home v Tottenham
United can’t afford another poor performance in this game and although they are facing a side that finished only a place and four points behind them last season, they have a good record against them says SportsOfTheDay.
They won two of the three games they played against Tottenham last season and at home have won their last four league games with just two losses against the Londoners since 1989. United only lost two home league matches last season and they need to keep winning at Old Trafford to make any kind of title challenge.
Not since 2005 have United failed to score in a home league game against Tottenham and in the last nine games against them, only twice have both teams scored. The odds on both teams finding the back of the net in this match are 4/5 at Bet365 and with both United’s league games this season going down that route, a bet on both teams to score looks a good one here.