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Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

Manchester United looking to bounce back from their humiliating home defeat to Liverpool would be an understatement. A loss that sent shockwaves throughout the footballing world with Ole Gunnar Solskjær looking set to lose his job.

The likes of Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte are again being linked with the Old Trafford hot-seat, the latter being heavily linked to the point where it seemed inevitable but the Norwegian remains in his post for now but is under immense pressure and desperately needs a result in north London or else he might find himself doing an early Monday morning trip to Carrington to pack his things.

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Form Guide

As stated, United were thumped at home by Liverpool last weekend, with Mohamed Salah scoring a hattrick in a five-nil victory for the Merseyside opposition; and it’s fair to say that this weekend’s opposition aren’t quite in the same league.

The Red Devils sit top of their Champions League group despite three underwhelming performances in Europe this season, but they have now lost three of their last four league matches – collecting just a single point in the process – which has seen them drop down to the seventh position in the table.

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While they have conceded 15 times, with only Leeds United, Watford, Newcastle United, and Norwich City shipping more after nine games of the Premier League season so far.

In many ways, it has been a strange start to the season for Tottenham Hotspur who have won five and lost four of their nine league games to collect 15 points, which has left them in the sixth position, two points from fourth-placed West Ham United and one position and above United.

Spurs reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday as a 1-0 win was enough to sink a struggling Burnley side, but it was another lacklustre display that followed back-to-back dismal 1-0 defeats against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League and London rivals West Ham in the league.

Team News

Paul Pogba is suspended for United after his red-card challenge on Naby Keita last Sunday that saw the Liverpool midfielder stretchered off. However, compatriot Raphaël Varane is back in full training after a groin injury suffered on international duty, which should benefit Solskjær’s underperforming defence.

Anthony Martial and Amad could both be involved in the squad, with both players potentially overcoming injuries and back in full training.

Tottenham remain without Ryan Sessegnon, while summer signing Bryan Gil was forced off early against Burnley and the club are assessing the injury. Matt Doherty returned to their matchday squad vs Burnley after a long term injury but was an unused substitute. Nuno Espírito Santo has no other major injury concerns.

The Final Straw

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This is a tough run of fixtures for United no doubt, but a trip to face this Tottenham side shouldn’t be looked at as especially daunting. There have been continued reported rumblings of discontent from the dressing room that the tactics on display in recent weeks, most notably against Liverpool, were poor, with United’s half-hearted efforts at pressing off-the-ball alarmingly bad and completely lacking in cohesion from defence to attack.

It feels like the result isn’t enough anymore, Solskjær needs a performance on Saturday night or it could be the emotional goodbye.

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