|OPPONENTS||Manchester United at Old Trafford|
|DATE||Wednesday 4th December 2019|
Two sides meet at Old Trafford with a lot of similarities between
A shared manager; both sides not playing to their maximum and both having fallen from their recent heights. So, who will come out on top ?
It’s a tough one
to answer, as Spurs have been good going forward, with a late
shakiness at the back allowing teams to get close, while United have
not been firing on all cylinders, leaving them struggling for wins.
Losing recently to Bournemouth and Astana, while drawing with Villa
and Sheffield United, the pressure builds on their manager Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer with every one that doesn’t bring three points. For
that reason, he will not need to gee his players up for the visit of
It is hard to see how Mourinho got a tune out of this bunch of players. Winning two trophies and finishing second rank among his best achievements in the game. It is now his job to do the same with a more desirable squad at Spurs. It is unlikely that Christina Eriksen will be at the club to see this, so how Jose approaches his situation will be intriguing. With a couple of weeks already gone by in which he hasn't changed much, will this game see him revert to type to ensure he doesn't lose face and lose the game at Old Trafford ?
I can't see it, as Spurs took the game to United last season and came out on top ... a result which almost done for Jose at Man U. He will have dissected how Spurs took United apart that night. He will have spotted the strengths of Tottenham and the vulnerabilities of United, so it could be a tactical master class.
Personally, I think that United
will put up more of a performance than they have of late and a draw
will be the outcome I reckon.
|PREDICTION||Manchester United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS : -
Spurs are without long-term injured Hugo Lloris (elbow), Erik Lamela (hamstring), Michel Vorm (calf) and Ben Davies (ankle) for the trip to Old Trafford.
UNITED TEAM NEWS
|Premier League||Kick off 19:30|
Tottenham Hotspur 1 (1)
Dele 38m 17s
|Crowd : 73,252||Weather : Mild, drizzly|
|Referee : Paul Tierney (Wigan)||Assistant Referees : Mr. Constantine Hatzidakis; Mr. Harry Lennard|
|Fourth Official : Stuart Attwell|
|Video Assistant Referee : Michael Oliver||Video Assistant Referee Assistant : Stuart Burt|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Stretford end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 7 minutes.|
Winks (foul on James) 13
|Manchester United :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
29 Aaron WAN-BISSAKA
Moussa SISSOKO (18
Giovani LO CELSO
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||Manager : Jose Mourinho|
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Jose Mourinho's much feted return to Old Trafford ended in a 1-2 defeat, with a pale display by Tottenham that lacked the attcking vigour of their last few matches.
Spurs fans were in good
voice and out-sang the prawn sandwich brigade, but the first few
minutes were nothing to shout about really. Then, out of the blue,
Spurs conceded when Sanchez challenged Lingard, but Rashford picked
the ball up behind him. Without a defender near him, he had a free
run into the box and struck a low effort at Gazzaniga’s near post
and although the Spurs keeper got a hand to it, the ball beat him
into the net to give United a very early lead. Aurier might have
been at fault for not tracking his man.
Gazzaniga made a straightforward save from James, who shot head high from 18 yards and at the other end Serge put in two crosses that troubled the United defence, but there wasn’t a white shirt on the end of them. Eriksen was brought on by Mourinho in the place of Moura, looking to hold and pass the ball better. Winks got an ankle injury when he fouled Fred and then when he was back on the pitch, he gave the ball away which was moved to James. The Welshman struck a shot to Gazzaniga’s left, but the Argentinian dived to push it wide. From the corner, Spurs broke and Sissoko skewed a cross-field ball that ended up with de Gea, when Spurs could have worked the United defence harder. United were able to play out of defence too easily and this built pressure in the Tottenham half, seeing the ball given away cheaply. Getting frustrated by United’s time-wasting, at the centre of which was McTominay and Lingard, the home team were trying to run down time from about the 70th minute. Twice Tottenham had break-aways but the ball ended up with Aurier, whose shot and then a cross ended up in de Gea’s arms. While Christian Eriksen picked out Aurier with a good ball, often his passes were into areas where Spurs players weren’t.
Ndomebele tried a 25-yarder,
but it lacked the power to beat de Gea, who saved low to his left.
The home crowd started to make some noise with added time left and
the corner gave United the chance to break, but they strayed
offside. Then Rashford was on his own in the box, but was blocked
out as he looked for his hat-trick, then Dele chested down
Alderweireld’s ball in at the other end and then dug hi shot into
the ground, taking the pace off it for de Gea to make a routine
Burnley will come to stifle Tottenham's game on Saturday and we will have to find ways to break them down. It means a few days hard work on the training pitches ahead of that game and it requires a tightening of the defence to stop letting in two goals a game.
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|How the players did|
|Paulo Gazzaniga||Questionable positioning for the first goal, but redeemed himself with some very good saves in the first half and one in the second.|
|Serge Aurier||A mixed bag. Good going forward, putting in some good crosses and some too near the keeper. Did some good things and some bad in defence, including letting Rashford get free for the first goal.|
|Toby Alderweireld||Solid game and tried to play the longer balls to the forwards, but it didn't come off tonight.|
|Jan Vertonghen||Another good game against a potentially damaging opponent in James. Kept him pretty quiet.|
|Davinson Sanchez||Always looks a bit nervy with his legs and arms everywhere, but did OK. distribution needs to improve.|
|Harry Winks||Wasn't able to move the team forward as much as usual and got a bit frustrated. Picked up an ankle injury ,so hope it's not too bad.|
|Moussa Sissoko||Strong in taking the ball forward, but final pass needs sharpening up. Tripped Rashford for the penalty, but didn't look like a lot of contact.|
|Lucas Moura||Didn't really get into the game or have a chance to run at the United defence. Closed down quickly when he got the ball.|
|Dele Alli||Another memorable goal getting Spurs back into the match against the run of play. Worked hard and when he had the chance, he looked to put people in.|
|Heung-Min Son||Looked on fringe of game a lot of the time, as he was stuck out left. Showed good footwork in the box before we scored.|
|Harry Kane||On the periphery and coming deep to get the ball. Hardly had a goal-scoring chance.|
|Christian Eriksen||Called off the bench to try to retrieve something from the match. Couldn't produce the killer pass to get an equaliser.|
|Tanguy Ndombele||Caught on the ball once, when his languid style looks like he is cumbersome, but he knows what he is doing. Needs time to adjust to the Prem.|
|Giovani Lo Celso||Late sub brought on to try and create something. Little opportunity to do so.|
|What you thought|
|Other scores during this week :|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||2||West Ham United London||0||Wednesday|
|Arsenal||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||2||Thursday|
|Sheffield United||0||Newcastle United||2||Thursday|
|League Table 2019-20|
|4||Frank Lampard's Chelsea||15||9||2||5||30||21||29||+9|
|13||Brighton & Hove Albion||15||5||3||7||18||22||18||-4|
|15||West Ham United London||15||4||4||7||20||26||16||-6|
Position before match :
Position after match : 8th
Position after the midweek games : 8th
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