Tonight Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United for Monday Night Football. Spurs have not won or even scored a goal away to the Red Devil’s since January 2014, and have lost 21 league games at Old Trafford, which is more than any club, at any away venue, in Premier League history.
Head to Head:
Since the two first met in 1899, Manchester United have won 90 of their meetings compared to 51 wins from Spurs. 48 of the clashes have ended in draws.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino’s head to head with Man United manager Jose Mourinho isn’t much better with Pochettino losing 11 of their competitive fixtures, which is more than any other manager.
Tottenham are still without ‘fan favourite’ Heung-min Son, who is currently on international duty at the Asian Games with South Korea. Juan Foyth and Victor Wanyama are both still continuing rehabilitation, however, Wanyama has started to return to training after recoving from his knee injury.
A boost for Manchester United as Alexis Sanchez could return to the squad after missing the defeat to Brighton due to a groin issue. It’s more good news for the home side as Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic are also looking at a return from injuries.
Managers’ Pre-Match Views:
Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise of opposition manager Jose Mourinho as he prepared for tonight’s game.
“He is an unbelievable manager and of course the circumstances that happen with myself and happen with different managers is always going to be up and down. I think for every single manager that is younger than him, he was the inspirational manager.”
Spurs boss, also expressed how Tottenham need to change the records from the last four seasons, who are without a win or a goal at Old Trafford since 2014.
“We need to change that feeling and of course, the result in the end, but it’s only if we focus, work hard and perform in the manner we should.”
“The most important thing is that we believe in ourselves and that the confidence and trust in our ability remains high. They have some very good players and you can feel the pressure when you play at Old Trafford, but we need to play with freedom.”
Pochettino however, is looking forward to the challenge and for Tottenham to show that they can beat the big teams.
”There is a massive opportunity for us to show our improvement, it will be a challenge [but] it will be a fantastic opportunity for us to show that we can beat a very big team like Manchester United.”
Jose Mourinho wants his team to react and bounce back from the 3-2 defeat to Brighton last weekend, and highlights the importance of not making mistakes.
“Against Brighton, we made mistakes and we paid for the mistakes and we lost. Normally you get what you deserve, so if you want to win against a big team, you cannot make mistakes.
“I have enough experience to know that in football you cannot look back for good results or bad results. You have always got to look to the next one. I love to stand from the touchline. I’m always looking forward to our matches, espically after a negative result, you want to play again.”
After two games, Tottenham sit 3 points above Manchester United after 100% win record thus far and therefore, look to build on that tonight, but it won’t be easy as the home side are instead hoping to bounce back from defeat last week.