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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Manchester United v Spurs, 04.12.19

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Full League Record of Man Utd v Spurs

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          27   6   8  13   32 -40  26
Away          27   3   3  21   16 -51  12
Total (Prem)  54   9  11  34   48 -91  38
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)  54   9  11  34   48 -91  38
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Grand Total   164 41  42  81  205 -262 138

Last Six Premier League results:-

Man Utd    -    DWLWDD

Man Utd    1-1    Liverpool
Norwich    1-3    Man Utd
B'mouth    1-0    Man Utd
Man Utd    3-1    Brighton
Sheff Utd  1-1    Man Utd
Man Utd    2-2    A. Villa

Spurs      -    DLDDWW
Spurs      1-1    Watford
Liverpool  2-1    Spurs
Everton    1-1    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Sheff Utd
West Ham   2-3    Spurs
Spurs      3-2    B'mouth

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
5. Spurs     14  5  5  4  24-21   3   20
9. Man Utd   14  4  6  4  21-17   4   18

A cracking game in prospect!

Spurs' head coach Jose Mourinho takes his Spurs team back to his last club where a cracking game is surely in prospect! Jose was of course the United boss when we last played at Old Trafford and won 3-0! That was only our third Premier League win away to United, and we've only ever won 13 of 82 away games in all league meetings. The three Premier League wins have all come since 2012.

Going back to August last year, Spurs had a great start to the season, winning at Newcastle and at home to Fulham before beating Mourinho's United with a two goals in quick succession five minutes into the second half and a third goal after 84 minutes. Spurs took the lead in the 50th minute. Trippier had sent Eriksen away down the right with a lofted and accurate ball. Eriksen cut the ball back for Dele, whose shot was deflected wide. Trippier took the corner and Harry Kane scored his first Old Trafford goal (and his second August goal!). Kane pulled away from Jones and headed beautifully into the far corner with de Gea miles from the ball.

We went 2-0 up within two minutes! Again, Trippier sent Eriksen away down the right. Again, Eriksen cut the ball back. This time it was met by Lucas Moura who fired low and beat De Gea to his right! Spurs sealed with the win with their third and Lucas Moura’s second goal! The ball was cleared from defence to Kane, inside his own half. Harry sent Lucas Moura away, but the Brazilian still had plenty to do. He pushed the ball behind Smalling and Lindelof and ran through the hapless defenders before beating De Gea’s right hand with a powerful shot. There were massive hugs and cheers in the south-east corner of Old Trafford by Spurs players and fans alike!

All this came after a start when United looked like potential match winners. Jose's men had beaten Leicester on the opening day, but lost at Brighton. After Spurs beat them the "Red Devils" won three successive games, one of which was in the Champions League. Jose lost his job after a 3-1 defeat at Anfield and had only won one of his last five games. However, United have won only four of 14 league games this season. So unless Spurs, Manchester City (Saturday) and Everton (Sunday-week) are beaten then Solskjćr will not better the 26 points from 17 matches José Mourinho had accrued before being sacked on 18 December last year. Who better to ensure that Solskjaer does not achieve the target than Mourinho! (Thanks to Declan Mulcahy for pointing me to this information)

Jose's United side against us last year included Herrera (now with PSG), substitute Alexis Sanchez (now on loan at Inter), Jones (one start this season and replaced in that game at half-time at Bramall Lane), Smalling (now on loan at Roma), Valencia (released and now playing in Ecuador) and Paul Pogba who is still absent with a foot/ankle injury. Lukaku was also in the side but is now with Inter of course. United are also definitely missing Bailly, Fosu-Mensah and Dalot. Marcus Rojo is not likely to be fit before the weekend and both Matic and McTominay face late fitness tests, so you could say that United are on their uppers so to speak. I wonder if Harry Maguire wishes he'd stayed at Leicester?

United had a bit of a struggle on Sunday at home to Aston Villa, but did get a draw and they have the same six-match form as Spurs with two wins, three draws and one defeat. We've won our last two though, and I do fancy us to win 2-1 tomorrow. Don't forget it's a 7.30pm kick-off and Amazon Prime have the TV rights to this and this week's midweek fixtures. Amazon Prime will also be covering the Boxing Day matches.

We do still have Lloris, Vorm, Davies and Lamela on our injury list, and United still have their danger men such as Marcus Rashford and of course winger Daniel James who has played in all of United's Premier League games this season, starting 13 of them too. I remember James was a thorn in our side in the International Champions Cup pre-season game in Shanghai when we were beaten 2-1. We have to defend better generally, as I don't think we can afford to concede two goals in this game.

This will be match referee Paul Tierney's fourth game in charge of Spurs. His only other such game this season was the 2-1 away defeat to Leicester where we were the victims of one of the most marginal decisions of this season. On the plus side, Mr Tierney was in the middle when we beat Everton 6-2 away last December!

· "Ten Years After" - Spurs Odyssey reviews the season in which we first qualified for the Champions League. On December 1st 2009, we were knocked out of the Carling Cup at Old Trafford, having lost in the Final to United earier that year.

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