There’s an air of familiarity going into this early season encounter as Spurs travel up North to face a stumbling Utd side. A Utd side in disarray and a shadow of its former self, losing 3-2 to Brighton just a week prior. The Chief Executive looks out of his depth, the once great manager has lost the dressing room, and the agent of the star player is feuding with a club legend on Twitter. Meanwhile, down the M1 - and despite certain off field challenges - it’s business as usual for a Spurs side which has six points from a possible six. But we all know how this one ends, don’t we?
Despite this being the best Spurs team of a generation - and Utd’s weakest - Spurs have lost each of their last three visits to Old Trafford by a goal to nil. Monday provides another opportunity to overcome a mental barrier which has proved to be a weakness for Spurs under Pochettino. But Utd certainly won’t make it easy. In a post match interview Paul Pogba alluded to the fact that their performance vs Brighton was because their attitude ‘wasn’t right enough’. This generally isn’t an issue for big teams when Spurs comes to town - and we all know Mourinho likes a backs to the wall dog fight - especially if he is the underdog. This is an early and passable test for Spurs’ credentials as a title challenger – but as history shows us – it’s easier said than done.
The most notable team news is Hugo Lloris’ likely absence after being charged for drink driving during the week. Otherwise there are no major changes for Spurs. Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic are back in contention for Utd - and Alexis Sanchez should be fit again after missing the Brighton game.
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