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Full League Record of Man Utd v Spurs

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          26   6   8  12   32 -39  26
Away          26   2   3  21   13 -51   9
Total (Prem)  52   8  11  33   45 -90  35
Football Lge
Home (Div 1)  51  20  19  12   89 -64  63
Away (Div 1)  51   9   9  33   55 -101 28
Total(Div 1) 102  29  28  45  144 -165 91
Football Lge
Home (Div 2)   4   2   1   1   10 - 3   5
Away (Div 2)   4   1   2   1    3 - 3   4
Total(Div 2)   8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Total (Prem)  52   8  11  33   45 -90  35
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Grand Total   162 40  42  80  202 -261 135

Last Six Premier League results:-

Man Utd    -    WLDWWL

Man Utd    2-1    Arsenal
Brighton   1-0    Man Utd
West Ham   0-0    Man Utd
Man Utd    1-0    Watford
Man Utd    2-1    Leicester
Brighton   3-2    Man Utd

Spurs      -    WLWWWW
Spurs      2-0    Watford
West Brom  1-0    Spurs
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle
Spurs      5-4    Leicester
Newcastle  1-2    Spurs
Spurs      3-1    Fulham

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
6. Spurs    2  2  0  0   5-2    3    6 
9. Man Utd  2  1  0  1   4-4    0    3

The game of the weekend?

This match has been billed by some as "The Game of the Weekend". Whether it lives up to such description remains to be seen, but of course it has aroused plenty of interest beyond the fans of these two clubs.

Both teams have shared experiences of visits to Brighton this year. In the case of United that has led to two consecutive defeats at the hands of Chris Hughton's men. The post mortem after last Sunday's 3-2 defeat for Jose's team at The Amex was prolonged, and is probably still going on in some quarters. Bear in mind that only a last minute of added time penalty made the score so close, along with Gary Neville's pained criticisms of his old team and you have some idea of what happened.

We are likely to see changes to tonight's United team, including perhaps the experience of Jones and/or Smalling for Bailly and/or Lindelof. Bearing in mind that both Bailly and Lindelof were Jose's signings, it would be surprising if both lose their places. Anthony Martial is another likely selection victim. I don't believe there is any love lost between he and his current manager. Mourinho is likely to have Valencia, Matic and Sanchez available for this game.

Spurs were also frustrated at Brighton in April, but at least we got a draw. Those who saw yesterday's game at Anfield witnessed just how difficult the determined south coast team can make things for the best of teams.

Spurs are surely likely to face an energised, but hopefully not too inspired United team in front of their fans. In our quest for maximum points and a share of top place after three games, a visit to Old Trafford is always difficult - even in the best of times.

In terms of points, our Premier League record against Manchester United is worse than that against any other club - even Chelsea. We have played each team 52 times and although we have beaten United 8 times and Chelsea only 6, we have managed more draws against Chelsea than we have against United, and have therefore gained 37 points from Chelsea as opposed to 35 against United.

Whilst we beat Chelsea away for the first time in April, we have beaten United twice at Old Trafford, but not since January 2014, before the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino. Despite our obvious improvement in league position under Pochettino in terms of consistency, a glaring need for development is our results against other top four sides on our travels.

An early season visit to Old Trafford is not unusual and we have played there twice in August in recent years. The last such occasion was in the opening game of the 2015-16 season when we lost narrowly, due to a Kyle Walker own goal. The previous August meeting was almost to the day on Sunday August 26th 2007 when we also lost 1-0 to a Nani goal. Gareth Bale made an impressive Spurs debut on the left wing that day, and scored his first Spurs goal the following week at Fulham.

Last season's away game against United was yet another 1-0 defeat to an Anthony Martial goal. January's win at Wembley is a much fonder memory, especially with Eriksen's goal after only 11 seconds!

Victor Wanyama was described as having "commenced integration into team training", so I don't expect him to be available for selection just yet. Juan Foyth is further away from full fitness, and Son Heung-min is still participating in The Asian Games, so the team is not likely to be much changed from that which beat Fulham 3-1. Mauricio Pochettino does, of course, have to make a decision regarding the issue of Hugo Lloris's drink/drive arrest last week. Erik Lamela may have earned himself a start after that bursting run and assist for Harry Kane's first ever August Premier League goal. I have actually predicted a 2-1 win for Spurs!

Match referee Craig Pawson has been in charge of two draws so far. They were Wolves v Everton (2-2) and Cardiff v Newcastle (0-0). Both were televised games, and Mr Pawson sent off one of the away team Jagielka (Everton) and Hayden (Newcastle) in each game. Let's hope Spurs can break this particular mould this time, and get a third Premier League away win against United! Mr Pawson has never been a popular referee for us, and got a low grade of 4.4 in our 5-4 win over Leicester in May. Mr Pawson always seems to wear a "hunted" look to me and does not fill me with confidence.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - Spurs' third game of the 1998-9 season was Christian Gross's last game in charge, despite Les Ferdinand scoring the winning goal at Goodison Park.

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