Match Preview: Manchester United vs Spurs – Team news, match odds, prediction

Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford this afternoon. Jose Mourinho’s men simply have to win this game. Lose? Well, I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that the season would already be over…

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After the horrendous 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, United have to focus on the defensive side of the football. At times, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof looked like non-league minnows rather than Premier League stars. That has to change, immediately.

Kick-off time: 20:00 BST
Referee: Craig Pawson
Channel: Sky Sports

Spurs visit Old Trafford with two wins from two. Harry Kane has also scored in August for the first time… United have to take inspiration from their last meeting against the White Hart Lane club. In last year’s FA Cup semi-final, the Reds dominated the game after going down early. Tonight’s clash will hopefully bring a similar result.

Team News

New signing Diogo Dalot is back in training, while Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez could all come back into the fold. It’ll be a last-minute decision as to whether they play, no doubt. It’ll be intriguing to see if the manager sticks with the aforementioned Bailly and Lindelof. Right now, I see it as the best option we have, but Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will be chomping at the bit…

Odds

Manchester United – 6/4

Draw – 9/4

Spurs – 2/1

United are favourites, so they should be at home. The eleven players named will have to be at their best. Perhaps even more than that, they need to be feeling confident and ready to go. This seriously could be make or break for the season despite it being so early on. That’s the hand Mourinho has been dealt.

Match Prediction: United 1-0 Spurs

I’m going for a slender victory, with the goal coming from Romelu Lukaku early on. Expect Spurs to try and fight back but Mourinho will be doing everything to keep it tight.

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