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Full League Record of Man Utd v Spurs

Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home          28   6   9  13   33 -41  27
Away          28   3   3  22   17 -53  12
Total (Prem)  56   9  12  35   50 -94  39   0.696 Pts per game
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)  56   9  12  35   50 -94  39
Total (Div 1) 102 29  28  45  144 -165 91
Total (Div 2)  8   3   3   2   13 - 6   9
Grand Total   166 41  43  82  208 -265 139

Last Six Premier League results:-

Man Utd    -    DWDWLW

Man Utd    2-2    S'hampton
C. Palace  0-2    Man Utd
Man Utd    1-1    West Ham
Leicester  0-2    Man Utd
Man Utd    1-3    C. Palace
Brighton   2-3    Man Utd

Spurs      -    WWDLWD
Newcastle  1-3    Spurs
Spurs      3-0    Leicester
C. Palace  1-1    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Everton
S'hampton  2-5    Spurs
Spurs      1-1    Newcastle

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

Dare we be confident about tomorrow?

Statistically, Spurs have a terrible record at Old Trafford, and yet I am having touches of confidence about tomorrow's game. Jose Mourinho's apparent influence over Daniel Levy has seen us have our most active and successful transfer window with no less than 6 players entering the senior squad. Gareth Bale and latest addition Carlos Vinicius will not be involved tomorrow, but we can expect to see Doherty, Hojbjerg and Reguilon with Joe Hart no doubt on the bench.

It has been a terrific midweek for Jose and his men, with a dramatic penalty shoot-out league cup win over Chelsea, and an emphatic Europa League play-off win against Maccaabi Haifa. Jose is keeping quiet about Heung-min Son's chances of playing tomorrow, but I understand he will face a late test and may yet be involved.

The only senior arrival for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, but the United defence surely needs strenthening and United baulked at the size of the fee required by Borussia Dortmund for England International and former Man City player Jadon Sancho. United still carry plenty of threat going forward, and will probably score against a Spurs defence which is still seeking a first clean sheet of the season. However, I do fancy us to score at least one more than United, and it looks like EU bookmakers are fancying that too.

Manchester United were granted a late start to this season (along with Man City) because of their late finish to the 2019/20 season as they reached the semi-final of the Europa League. There they met Sevilla, who included our own Sergio Reguilon. Sevilla won 2-1 and went on to win the trophy against Inter. Sergio made his senior International debut for Spain in their 4-0 win over Ukraine last month. Having made an eventful debut, which included the assist for Erik Lamela's equaliser against Chelsea on Tuesday, Sergio may see action against United again tomorrow.

United had a good finish to the Premier League season and qualified for the Champions League. They will face PSG, Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in what will be a tough group stage which commences after the International break. They haven't had the best of starts to this season, losing their first game at home to Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace before beating Brighton last week with yet another Bruno Fernandes penalty which was actually awarded and taken after the final whistle due to a VAR review of a Neil Maupay handball.

Since his arrival in January, Bruno has scored 12 goals, 8 of which have been from the spot. One of those penalties was against Spurs in our home game played in June. That award came when Eric Dier was penalised for a foul on Pogba as he entered our area on the right-hand side. This was our first post-lockdown game and Steven Bergwijn became the first player since Rafa van der Vaart to score in his first three home Premier League games. He hasn't scored in 6 Spurs games since, although he arguably had his best game of this season in Thursday night's 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa.

In normal times, I would relish a game which in most years since I moved to Derbyshire has been my nearest away trip. As away fans we never have any trouble with home fans in the pub we usually visit, but maybe that is because of United's far superior record over Spurs, especially in the Premier League years. Our points per game tally of 0.696 is actually our worst against Premier League teams - although only marginally worse than against Chelsea (0.714).

Last year's away game was a 2-1 to United. Funnily enough one of those was a penalty, taken by Marcus Rashford who scored both the United goals. Rashford will still only be 23 later this month and wins plaudits these days for his ability to persuade the government to help needy children. Dele Alli scored a wonderful equaliser but lost a record as this was the first Premier League game in which he had scored and we lost.

Spurs have only ever won 13 of 83 away league games against United. I've been lucky enough to have been at four of those including all three Premier League away wins. The first of the four wins I witnessed was back in the seventies in the season when Tommy Docherty's United were relegated. Ralph Coates had the audacity to score and believe it or not I was in a seated stand above the then notorious Stretford End crew. I sat on my hands and always think of that day when I recall Jasper Carrott's skecth about he and his Brummie mate watching Birmingham go 2-0 up at half-time.

Our three Premier League wins have come over the last 8 years. The first was on 29th September, 2012 when we thought "Super" Jan Vertonghen had given us the lead in the second minute, but it turned out to be a Johnny Evans own goal. What a player and defensive hero Jan was for us. We were all so sorry to see him go. I note that he seems to have settled in well at Benfica and has played two 90-minute league games, both of which were won. Coming the other way is Brazilain striker Carlos Vinicius, whose arrival was formally announced yesterday. Vinicius won't be involved in this game, but Spurs fans are already licking their lips regarding the West Ham game in two weeks' time when we might catch sight of Carlos and of course Gareth Bale.

We won our next away league game against United too. That was a 2-1 New Year's Day 2014 win thanks to goals by Emmanuel Adebayor and Christian Eriksen. Winning back to back away league games at old Trafford was a Spurs' first for 40 years, harking back to that Ralph Coates goal in 1974.

Our last win at Old Trafford was also on a Bank Holiday - 27th August, 2018. Jose Mourinho was the United manager. Spurs fans chanted "You're not special any more" I used the headline "Moura! Moura! Moura" (a play on a famous film entitled "Tora! Tora! Tora!"), but Lucas only got two goals. Lucas did get hat-tricks later in that season - against Huddersfield and most famously Ajax!

I'm going for a 2-1 win to Spurs tomorrow! The game kicks off at 4.30pm and is being shown on Sky Sports here in the UK.

Match referee Anthony Taylor first had charge of a Spurs game nearly 10 years ago when we beat Newcastle 2-0 at home on 28th December, 2010. Gareth Bale scored one of our goals that day. Incidentally, Gareth made his competitive debut for Spurs at Old Trafford on 26th August, 2007 when he played on the left wing in front of Young-Pyo Lee. This will be Mr Taylor's 32nd game in charge of Spurs.

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