Manchester United must beat Tottenham to stay in the title race

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final

Manchester United will be hoping to keep their home form intact when Tottenham Hotspur come for a visit on Monday Night. A defeat in the second game of the Premier League this season has put a lot of pressure on Mourinho quite early in the season. Which is why this game comes at a crucial time for both Manchester United and their manager – a win would put them right back on track, but a defeat would be unacceptable and would mount even more pressure on the Portuguese. United have won the last 4 games against Spurs at Old Trafford. However, United have a stellar record against Tottenham at home – the Red Devils have won the last 4 games against Spurs at Old Trafford.

Spurs have started their season strong, winning both of their opening games of the season – they won 2-1 away at Newcastle and then saw away Fulham 3-1 at home. United, after winning comfortably against Leicester City with a score of 2-1, stuttered to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Brighton at the Amex Stadium last weekend, losing 3-2.

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Spurs already have 5 different goal scorers this season, with Vertonghen, Alli, Kane, Moura and Trippier all getting on the score sheet so far. For United, Pogba has scored 2 – both from penalties and Lukaku and Luke Shaw have 1 each.

Craig Pawson is in charge of the game. Notably, he has officiated 2 games so far this season and has brandished a red card in both games.

Team News

Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia and Alexis Sanchez are all in contention to start against Spurs, after returning to training. New signing Dalot has also resumed training, but is not ready just yet. Ander Herrera is coming back from the injury he picked up against Bayern and could also feature.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final

Victor Wanyama and Juan Foyth are still injured and will not feature for Tottenham. Heung-min Son is a part of the South Korean squad taking part in the Asian Games, so he will not be available yet.

While the odds are stacked against United in this one, there are 3 prime reasons why Manchester United will come out on top.

The Return of Nemanja Matic

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Nemanja Matic had a decent World Cup, but returned with an injury that has kept him out of the preseason and the two games in the new season so far. Since joining last year, Matic has become an indispensable part of the Manchester United midfield. He has more tackles, passes and touches on the ball than any other players in the United team by a fair distance. He also conceded very less fouls, because his tackle success rate is very high.

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