The Red Devils already made a wrong step in the last round at Brighton and will want to get back on track. The Spurs, on the other side, can be happy with their perfect start gaining 6 out of 6 points in the first two rounds.
The away trip to Brighton was a thriller in the first half where we witnessed 4 goals(3 from the hosts and 1 from Lukaku). Both of the teams kept a clean sheet in the second half with Pogba’s late 95th-minute penalty goal making a hopeless change on the scoring board.
Tottenham eased past Fulham with a convincing performance and an overall score of 3-1. The Lilywhites had a whopping amount of 25 goal occasions and 11 shots on goal.
Old Trafford to rebound Manchester United?
The hosts can gather confidence from the last home encounters with The Spurs. Mourinho’s men managed to win the last 4 home head to head matches. An important fact is that United managed to keep a clean sheet in all of this meetings.
The Red Devils likely to change formation
The two centre-backs, Bailly and Lindelof, were far from good at Amex last week. This is why Mourinho is expected to switch to 3 defenders on the back. The returning of Antonio Valencia can prove useful in Monday’s clash especially as Luke Shaw accused some foot problems.
Reinforcements are coming
Alexis Sanchez, the former Arsenal star, is fit again after his injury ahead of Brighton match and should be hungry for goals. There is a lot of competition on United’s attacking third, so Sanchez will want to make his presence felt.
Besides the Chilean, Nemanja Matic returned to training and should be fit to strengthen the midfield line.
Tottenham’s not so lucky news
Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t got much to complain about. His squad is almost at full strength with just one important missing(Son Heung-min due to international duty). On the other hand, he faced a surprise this weekend when he found out that his team’s captain, Hugo Lloris, was found driving drunk after a night out. The Lilywhites’ captain apologized, but this may lead to him missing out Monday’s clash. However, Mauricio is in good relationship with Lloris, so he should be in the starting eleven.
The Lloris incident struck after the team found out that they won’t be able to play at the new stadium until October due to some electricity problems.
Mourinho under pressure
United’s boss needs to pull out a good result on Monday evening otherwise, he will risk being sacked and replaced by heavy linked Zinedine Zidane. Jose’s conflict with Pogba does no good to the team’s overall spirit neither. However, the Portuguese coach is experienced and should be able to motivate his team for Monday.
Manchester United remain a strong attacking side and Old Trafford is one of the toughest stadiums in the world. Even if The Red Devils are in uncharted waters and they face a well-organized team in the likes of Tottenham, I expect them to benefit from the returns of Valencia, Matic and Alexis Sanchez.
Manchester United +0 Asian handicap
at 1.79 odds