The earnestly awaited tie, is seen as a screening exercise for Mauricio Pochettino, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for who lands the highly coveted Manchester United job in the summer.
Home advantage is usually a factor in games like this, because of atmosphere provided by supporters to perform in a big game, although Tottenham have been playing in Wembley since the 2017/2018 season, they haven’t lost at home to Manchester United since January 2013, exactly 6 years, their last home loss against united coming in march 2012. Turning Wembley into a home, away from home.
Tottenham have picked up 6 points from available 15 available against the “big boys” in the league this season, picking up 3 against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Manchester United on the other hand, have picked up 2 points and no win against the big boys in the league this season. Although all these games were under ex-boss José mourinho who was fired after losing 3-1 to Liverpool. One could argue a case of both teams not being spectacular against the big sides especially since Manchester City have won 12 out of 18 possible points, Liverpool have won 9 out of 18 possible points, Chelsea have all won 8 out of 15 possible points against the big boys.
Solskjaer has made a quick impact to Manchester United since his appointment last month. Tactically masterminding the red devils to Scoring 16 goals so far in 5 games. Although they have kept only one clean sheet in 4 league games so far, in the process, Conceding 6 big chances in 5 games overall (opta). They have also conceded 2 out of 3 goals in dead ball situations which is one of the situations spurs thrive in. According to whoscored, spurs have scored 11 goals from set piece situations (only behind Liverpool who have scored 13 so far this season).
Tottenham have kept 10 clean sheets so far in the league. And only 2 of those 10 clean sheets have come against teams currently higher than 11th in the league, interestingly Manchester United is one of the two teams in the top half they have managed a shutout against.
The analysis above shows that both teams have concerns at the back and if we further consider the absence of spurs defender Jan Vertonghen, Chris smalling, and eric bailly, both teams have notable absentees in their defence. If we further consider the free scoring nature of Manchester United under Solskjaer and the goalscoring form of spurs who have scored 23 goals in their last 6 games. The game may be one that will be decided by whoever takes his chances as it comes, to outscore the opponent.
Manchester United playmaker Paul Pogba is another possible notable absentee for the game, which will be a huge blow given his vital role under the new look Manchester United. Scoring 4 goals and setting up 3 in 4 league games. He sustained a knock in the Red Devil’s game against Newcastle but the fans hope he’ll be back early for the game.
Considering the factors above, the fixture should be a highly entertaining one with a high scoreline.
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