Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur: Mourinho’s Return to Old Trafford

Dec 4, 2019 | Sushilspurs11

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Sissoko takes on Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on January 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Old Trafford

Date: Thursday, 5 December 2019

Kick-off: 1:15 AM (Nepal time)

Match Facts


Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho will return to Old Trafford as a manager for the first time after he left the club. Mourinho has enjoyed two wins out of two as a Tottenham Manager in the league and looks to extend the unbeaten run. This game will be crucial for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who has been under pressure due to his poor run of form.

Tottenham will look to continue their free scoring form but they will try to improve defensively as they have been conceding late goals, and it is not going to be easy as United are unbeaten in their last eight home games.

Spurs have repeated same display in their last two league games as they have let 3-0 lead slip away in the final fifteen minutes of the match. Defense has been concerning but it is Tottenham attack which will keep Manchester in their back foot as Dele has been linking well with everyone in the field.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United – Premier League – Wembley Stadium 13-01-2019 . (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Last five meetings: Man Utd vs Spurs

13 January 2019: Spurs 0-1 Man Utd (Premier League)

27 August 2018: Man Utd 0-3 Spurs (Premier League)

21 April 2018: Man Utd 2-1 Spurs (FA Cup)

31 January 2018: Spurs 2-0 Man Utd (Premier League)

28 October 2017: Man Utd 1-0 Spurs (Premier League)

Team News


Erik Lamela: Hamstring

Michel Vorm: Calf

Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies remain sidelined

Apart from these Jose has fully fit squad to select.

Man Utd

Solskjaer will be hoping to welcome back Scott McTominay to his midfield for this match

Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah: Doubtful

Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo: Long term absentees

View From Dugout

FILE PHOTO (EDITORS NOTE: COMPOSITE OF IMAGES – Image numbers 1178800802,1189532555 – GRADIENT ADDED) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United (L) and Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur meet in a Premier League fixture on December 4,2019 in Manchester,England. ***LEFT IMAGE*** THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 03: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manager of Manchester United looks on prior to the UEFA Europa League group L match between AZ Alkmaar and Manchester United at ADO Den Haag on October 03, 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) ***RIGHT IMAGE*** LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho

“I feel good, I like to play big matches. I like to play against the best teams and that is the important thing.

“Going back to Old Trafford is to go back to a place where I was happy. I can say that. I have a great relation with the Manchester United supporters.

“I went back as a pundit, which is a different perspective. I was really humbled by such a beautiful reception.”

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“Jose Mourinho will get a very good reception; that’s a testament to the club, the supporters of this club. Of course they remember the time he was here, he won trophies.

“I’ve had 50 games since then and the club isn’t where it should have been and isn’t where we want to be, and we know we have to improve.”

Predicted XI


 Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Ndombele, Winks; Sissoko, Alli, Son; Kane

 Manchester United

De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Lingard; James, Martial, Rashford