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Manchester United vs Spurs: Match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
We preview Wednesday's huge Premier League clash between Man Utd and Spurs. Prepare for an epic encounter at Old Trafford.
When and where to watch Manchester United vs Spurs
Manchester United vs Spurs kicks off at 8.15pm on Wednesday 19 October.
You can catch all the action from Old Trafford on Prime Video via BT TV.
Manchester United vs Spurs match preview
Manchester United could only manage a 0-0 draw with Newcastle at the weekend, but shoud’ve really clinched all three points at the death.
Marcus Rashford had an open header at goal in injury time but inexplicably steered it wide of the post.
Against Spurs they’ll be looking to be more clinical and get a bit more luck, after Ronaldo had two strikes ruled out by the linesman and the referee on Sunday.
CR7 was unhappy at being subbed off by Ten Hag with 20 minutes to go, so will be eager to make an impact like he so often does against Spurs.
Tottenham turned it on against Everton after an enforced substitution led to a change in formation in the second half.
Antonio Conte’s men had plenty of possession, but looked a little unsure what to do with it in the first half.
Playing on the counter attack, Everton had two clear chances to take the lead in the first half but lacked composure in front of goal.
A calf injury to Richarlison meant a switch from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2, with Yves Bissouma suring up the midfield.
A little over five minutes later and Spurs were ahead through a Harry Kane penalty.
With Dejan Kulusevski unlikely to start at Old Trafford, Spurs could begin the way they finished at home against the Toffees.
Manchester United vs Spurs predicted lineups
Manchester United: (4-2-3-1) de Gea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw, Casemiro, Eriksen, Antony, Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo.
Spurs: (3-5-2) Lloris; Doherty, Romero, Dier, Davies, Perisic, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Bissouma, Son, Kane.
Manchester United vs Spurs: Injuries and suspensions
Erik ten Hag has to contend with injuries and illness to some of his players coming into this fixture.
Both Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford have been feeling under the weather but should be able to play some part against Spurs.
Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire are returning from injuries, but might not be fully fit in time for Tottenham, with the weekend’s game against Chelsea looking more likely for the duo.
Scott McTominay is available for selection after serving a suspension.
Spurs arrive at Old Trafford with the fitness of Dejan Kulusevski hanging in the balance.
The Swede is back training and could play, but Antonio Conte may decide not to risk him for this match. A spot on the bench is looking most likely.
Richarlison definitely misses out after picking up a calf injury against Everton at the weekend, though Conte has confirmed the injury won’t rule the Brazilian out of the World Cup.
Emerson Royal is still suspended after receiving a red card against Arsenal. He’ll be available for selection again at the weekend.
Form (last 6 matches)
Manchester United – WWWLWD
Spurs – DWWLWW
Manchester United vs Spurs: Form guide
United failed to make it five wins out of six with their 0-0 draw to Newcastle at the weekend.
Ten Hag’s team have been in great form and despite a painful 6-3 defeat to their City rivals, will be pleased with the progress made under the Dutchman after a stuttering start to the season.
They should’ve taken all three points at the death but a mis-guided Marcus Rashford header meant they had to settle for a point. They’ll be looking to be more clinical against Spurs.
A win in this fixture is unlikely to propel United into the top four but with a visit to Chelsea at the weekend, they’ll certainly be back battling for a Champions League spot. A defeat would see the chasing pack looking to leapfrog the Manchester giants.
Spurs have bounced back brilliantly from defeat in the North London derby, with six points from their last two games against Brighton and Everton, all while topping their Champions League group.
They’ll need to keep taking points during this busy period of fixtures before the World Cup to stay near the top of the table.
Spurs don’t have a great record at Old Trafford and have a tricky tie at the weekend against Newcastle, so every point counts.
He said what?!
Antonio Conte not giving anything away on the likelihood of Dejan Kulusevski being available against United:
“Kulusevski is working and we’re going day by day with him. I don’t know about the game against Manchester United, the doctors are working with him
“It’s the same injury (hamstring). The medical department are working to recover him but at the same time there are situations that you have to go a bit slowly and not accelerate the process. Sometimes if you do that you worsen the situation. We hope to have him in the squad very soon.”
Manchester United vs Spurs: Last time they met
As is often the case, Ronaldo stole the show the last time these two met, scoring a hattrick to help beat the Lillywhites 3-2 at Old Trafford back in March.
A Harry Kane penalty and Harry Maguire own goal weren’t enough to help Spurs get anything out of the game.
Ralf Rangnick was in charge of United that day and said it was Ronaldo’s best performance under his stewardship.
Manchester United vs Spurs: Players to watch
Antony had scored in all three of his Premier League appearances for the Red Devils before drawing a blank against Newcastle at the weekend.
Against a Spurs side that is often happy to let the opposition have possession and hit teams on the counter attack, United’s forwards will need to find a way of breaking down a dogged Spurs’ defence.
With his pace, trickery and finishing ability, Antony could play a big role in this match.
Tottenham’s approach to this match is likely to be dictated by the fitness of Dejan Kulusevski.
If the Swede is fit enough to start, Conte could opt for his preferred 3-4-3 system. Without the winger, Conte will probably revert to a 3-5-2 (though Bryan Gil and Lucas Moura can also play in a front three), which has worked well for Heung-min Son.
The South Korean was back to his blistering best against Everton, pushed up alongside Kane after an injury to Richarlison forced a reshuffle early in the second half.
Will Old Trafford offer the perfect platform for another sensational Son show?
Manchester United vs Spurs: Key stats
- Red Devils' delight: Tottenham have lost more Premier League games against Man Utd than they have vs any other opponent (38), while only against Chelsea (110) have they shipped more goals than against the Red Devils (104).
- Wednesday winners: Manchester United have won more Premier League games on a Wednesday than any other side (72), while they also have the highest win rate of all sides to play more than twice on this day in the competition (61.5%).
- Lancs loser: Spurs boss Antonio Conte has lost all three of his away games against Manchester United, with all of these coming in the Premier League – against no side has the Italian lost more away games in all competitions in his club career.
- CR7's favourite fixture: Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season in a 3-2 win for the Red Devils. Overall, he’s scored eight Premier League goals against Spurs (including six in his last three) – against no side does he have more in the competition.
- Shooting for six: Harry Kane has scored in each of his last five Premier League games, his longest scoring streak in the competition. It’s the seventh time a Tottenham player has scored in five consecutive Premier League appearances, but none have managed to do so in six in a row.
- He scores when wants! Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored nine goals in 27 Premier League games played on Wednesdays. Having already scored 10+ on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, he could become just the second player to reach double figures on five different days of the week, after Alan Shearer.