Manchester United v Tottenham
Saturday 28th October, 12:30
Live on Sky Sports
Man Utd aim to bounce back from Huddersfield horror show
Jose Mourinho questioned the attitude of his Manchester United players following last weekend's shock 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield. The Red Devils failed to recover from a dreadful first-half performance and managed just three on-target efforts despite enjoying 78% of possession at the John Smith's Stadium.
A much-changed United bounced back to triumph 2-0 at Swansea and progress to the League Cup quarter-finals in midweek thanks to a Jesse Lingard double but Mourinho's focus was always likely to be on Saturday's appetising lunchtime showdown.
The hosts will again be without Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones but Eric Bailly looks set to return to the fold and should partner Chris Smalling in the heart of United's defence this weekend.
Tottenham title challengers
Tottenham fielded a much-changed XI for their midweek League Cup contest with West Ham as Mauricio Pochettino puts his main focus on Spurs' trip to Manchester United on Saturday, as well as Wednesday's Champions League tie against Real Madrid at Wembley.
The capital club continue to improve and impress with Pochettino's supreme organisation and tactical flexibility a key element in their wondrous recent performances against Liverpool and Real Madrid. As each week goes by, Spurs' self-belief grows and victory here would represent ultimate confirmation that Tottenham are Manchester City's major title rivals this term.
Mousa Dembele has returned to training but looks unlikely to feature from the start, while Victor Wanyama remains sidelined. The hosts have no other reported injury or suspension concerns ahead of their trip to Old Trafford.
Little to choose between the two
Manchester United 2.38 have traditionally dominated Tottenham at Old Trafford with the Red Devils claiming top honours in 20 of their last 25 Premier League meetings at the Theatre of Dreams, including each of the last three contests here.
However, the hosts have failed to impress in four of their past six matches (excluding the League Cup) and Mourinho looks unlikely to change his big-game approach this weekend. Since returning to these shores in 2014/15, the United boss has drawn a third of his home games against the big-six, each ending 1-1.
Therefore, the draw appears our best angle of attack at 3.40 with the 1-1 correct score also standing out at 7.20. Spurs 3.40 managed a sole success (W1-D5-L3) at top-half teams last term with three of their 10 away trips concluding in 1-1 stalemates.
Trends tell us to go low on goals
Four of Manchester United's five fixtures when welcoming top-six clubs last season featured Under 2.5 Goals and it was a familiar theme in 9/10 (90%) of the Red Devils' encounters with teams finishing 11th or higher in Mourinho's first term at Old Trafford.
Indeed, Tottenham's last two trips to United have resulted in low-scoring contests and a repeat can be supported at 1.84. Seven of Spurs' most recent 10 visits to clubs finishing in the top-six of the Premier League have also paid-out for Under 2.5 Goals backers.
Kane is able
Mauricio Pochettino recently admitted he has basically run out of ways to praise Harry Kane. The Premier League's top goalscorer has scored in eight of his past 14 games for Spurs, notching at least twice in all eight encounters.
The England international has now struck 29 goals in 26 league appearances in 2017 and is only seven goals off the all- time Premier League record in a calendar year, set by Alan Shearer in 1995. Considering 15 of those 29 strikes came on Tottenham's travels, Kane is attractively priced at 11/8 to score anytime here.
Back the draw @ 3.40 in Manchester United v Tottenham
Back the 1-1 correct score @ 7.20 in Manchester United v Tottenham
Back Harry Kane to score @ 11/8 in Manchester United v Tottenham