“Ten Hag demands a lot from United players” – defender Lindelof
Manchester United face another big test as they welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford in a game that should show where these two sides are in their development. Spurs are third in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Arsenal and level with Manchester City, while United are seven points behind tonight’s opponents in fifth place, despite having one game left.
Erik ten Hag’s side are unbeaten in four games since the 6-3 defeat by City in the Manchester derby, but none of their recent performances have inspired a rebound in form. The Red Devils have lacked just one clear goal advantage in their last two games – against Omonia Nicosia and Newcastle – despite 49 shots on goal, 15 of which were on target.
For his part, Antonio Conte has won his last three games in all competitions, with a 3-1 loss to Arsenal in early October, their only loss in six games. Harry Kane is a stunner in front of goal with five goals in those six games and Son Heung-min has rediscovered his form after a slow start to the season, with both players sure to be in the starting XI tonight.
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Conte on returning to Old Trafford
Spurs boss Antonio Conte has spoken about his side returning to Old Trafford tonight and getting a positive result. Tottenham have performed well here for the past two seasons, first beating United 6-1 under Jose Mourinho before being beaten 3-2 here in March, thanks largely to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick.
“Ronaldo was crucial last season,” said Conte. “He scored three goals and after the game I said we lost to Cristiano not United because I think we played a lot better than them and we’re losing the game.
“Having a good performance at Old Trafford is important for your confidence, your confidence and on Wednesday we need another good performance against a strong side in a difficult environment like Old Trafford.
“We want to play a good game, we want to play with personality, first of all we want to show that we are improving, that our level is growing and then, I repeat, we want to please our fans. ”
Michael Jones19 October 2022 18:06
Premier League Ranking
Tottenham Hotspur sit third in the Premier League table with seven wins, two draws and one loss in their first ten games of the season. They have the same points tally as 2021/22 champions Manchester City (23) but four behind leaders Arsenal.
Arsenal and City were due to play each other this week but that game has been rescheduled as Arsenal had to play a Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday. If Spurs beat Manchester United tonight they will move above City and come within a point of the Gunners having played a game more.
Meanwhile, Manchester United is fifth. They are seven points behind Spurs and 11 adrift of the top of the table, having recorded five wins, one draw and three losses in their nine games so far. There is an outside chance they could pick up three points tonight to put them in the top four but they would need to beat Tottenham by a hefty margin and hope Chelsea lose to Brentford.
Still, a win over Antonio Conte’s side would be a big step for the Red Devils and a sign that they are ready to challenge for Champions League spots this season under Erik ten Hag.
Michael JonesOctober 19, 2022 6:00 p.m
Anthony Martial out of Tottenham game but Christian Eriksen could return
Anthony Martial will not be available for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur but Christian Eriksen could return to face his former club.
Martial has missed nine of United’s 13 games this season through injury and is yet to recover from a back problem he suffered in the recent win at Everton.
Erik ten Hag had hoped to welcome the 27-year-old back in Sunday’s goalless draw against Newcastle, but he is still recovering after struggling with hamstring and Achilles tendon problems since the start of the season.
Erik ten Hag offers injury update on Anthony Martial and Christian Eriksen
Martial has missed nine of United’s 13 games this season
Michael JonesOctober 19, 2022 5:45 p.m
Manchester United vs Tottenham early team news and predicted lineups
Anthony Martial has been ruled out for Man Utd but Christian Eriksen could return to face his former club after missing the last two games. Cristiano Ronaldo could return to the bench after failing to score in his last two starts while Harry Maguire, Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are absent.
Richarlison is out after suffering a calf injury in the 2-0 win against Everton, but the Brazilian should still make it to the World Cup as the injury wasn’t as serious as first feared. However, with Dejan Kulusevski doubtful, Conte could face a choice between using an extra midfielder in Yves Bissoua after his clash against Everton or conceding a rare start to Lucas Moura. Emerson Royal, Clement Leglet and Ryan Sessegnon could return.
Manchester United: DeGea; Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw; Casemiro, Fred; Anthony, Fernandes, Sancho; Raschford
Tottenham: Lloris; Romero, Dier, Lenglet; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Bentancur, Sessegnon; son Kane
Michael JonesOctober 19, 2022 5:05 p.m
Manchester United vs Tottenham
Hello and welcome that of the independent Coverage of tonight’s late Premier League opener as Manchester United take on Tottenham at Old Trafford with action starting at 8.15pm.
Erik ten Hag’s men come into play after a goalless draw against Newcastle and could move closer to the top four with a win while taking vital points from one of their rivals. United are unbeaten in four games since losing 6-3 in the Manchester derby in early October but their performances have been far from convincing with bumpy victories over Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League and a tricky 2-1 win over Everton before Draw at Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Spurs are currently third in the table but can overtake Manchester City – who don’t play a midweek game – and close the gap on leaders Arsenal if they win at Old Trafford. Antonio Conte’s men are also four-game unbeaten, beating Everton 2-0 last time out thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Tonight’s game will be a test to see how these two teams compare against each other. Both are contenders to make the top four and both are going through phases of rebuilding under new (similar) managers. On paper, Spurs appear to be further along in their development, but will that result in another historic Theater of Dreams victory?
Michael JonesOctober 19, 2022 3:32 p.m
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