Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s United need a win today as they welcome a Spurs side who have played three times in three different competitions over the previous week.
Neither side has had a perfect start to the new season, and both Solskjaer and Mourinho would dearly love three points before heading into the international break.
With kick-off at 4:30pm BST, follow the action with James Robson at Old Trafford!
After three matches in five days, Jose Mourinho’s selection will be determined by the condition of his Spurs players.
Mourinho has given Heung-min Son a 50/50 chance of taking part after missing both midweek games with a hamstring problem, but the South Korean travelled to Manchester and could well start.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Giovani Lo Celso were both subbed off during Thursday’s demolition of Maccabi Haifa, suggesting they will form the base of Tottenham’s midfield at Old Trafford and they could be joined by Tanguy Ndombele, who impressed again in the win over Chelsea on Tuesday and was rested against the Israeli side.
Eric Dier also played no part in the Europa League play-off and should return at centre-half, while Sergio Reguilon could make his league debut after a hugely promising performance against the Blues.
On the other side of defence, Matt Doherty played 90 minutes against Maccabi but is expected to keep his place ahead of Serge Aurier, although the Ivorian was impressive on Tuesday night. Dele Alli is unlikely to start, despite scoring against Maccabi.
Spurs predicted (4-3-3): Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele; Son, Kane, Lucas
Harry Maguire is back for United’s this afternoon after recovering from a knock. The centre-back missed the midweek Carabao Cup win against Brighton, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he will be available to try to contain in-form Harry Kane.
A key decision for United’s manager will be who to play alongside his captain, with Eric Bailly pressing hard to displace Victor Lindelof. After conceding five goals in those matches, United face a daunting task trying to keep Kane quiet.
The England striker scored a hat-trick against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday to take his season’s tally to six.
United predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
James Robson will be at Old Trafford to provide expert analysis of the game, which kicks off at 4:30pm BST.
Kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Tottenham is scheduled for a 4.30pm BST kick-off.
The match will be behind closed doors at Old Trafford with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.
How to watch
TV channel: Manchester United vs Tottenham will be shown live on Sky Sports’ Premier League and Main Event channels, and is available via Now TV with a day pass for £9.99.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via SkyGo and the SkyGo app, with a mobile month pass available for £5.99.
Man United predicted XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Tottenham predicted XI: Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon; Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele; Son, Kane, Lucas
Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham
Manchester United have very much flattered to deceive so far this season, while Tottenham have ground out a number of wins despite an “inhuman” fixture schedule.
Spurs have the better team on paper and should pile the pressure on Solskjaer on Sunday, but a draw could be most likely.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Manchester United have 92 wins to Tottenham 52 over the years, though share a more even record of late.
United won this fixture last season before the pair drew 1-1 immediately after the return of football following the coronavirus pandemic hiatus.
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