Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Manchester United on Friday evening is a restart fixture layered thick. A game never short on goals could promise to be the big fixture setting that Premier League fans have been waiting for.
With Champions League qualification through a 5th place finish possible this season, the contest in North London could prove a defining moment in the race to secure elite-level European football next term. The game also puts Spurs’ Jose Mourinho against his former club United and his replacement in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will raring the opportunity to continue from where his side stopped prior to the pandemic.
The fixture will also mark the return to fitness of personnel on both sides, For Spurs, deadly attacking duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are back in the fold. Jose Mourinho expects to have Kane, Song, and Sissoko to all start tonight’s encounter against his former masters.
While United can finally call upon the services of match-changing pair Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.
22-year-old Rashford bagged both of United’s goals in their 2-1 win over Tottenham in the reverse Premier League meeting between the sides in early December, while French World Cup winner Pogba’s spectacular pass put Rashford in for the game’s only goal the last time the clubs faced off in the capital in January last year.
What today’s Premier League Fixture Mean for United and Spurs
7th placed Tottenham’s season had been on the verge of a complete collapse in the weeks leading up to club football’s postponement when poor results in three separate competitions threatened their entire campaign.
But the break from football should offer Jose Mourinho and his team a rare opportunity to turn things around at Whitehart Lane to revive their campaign and today against his former bosses would be sweet moment should he be able to collect maximum points.
In stark contrast, 5th placed Manchester United, inspired by the creative brilliance of January signing Bruno Fernandes and Ighalo, were playing their best football of the 2019/20 season in the weeks before the enforced lockdown, A sequence of four clean sheets in their last five Premier League assignments also pointed towards a rapidly developing defensive solidity.
Two fully fit teams, both vying for a spot in the glorious European football could offer all the Premier League fans around the world a mouth-watering encounter.
A win for Manchester United will see Ole’s team equal Chelsea on points who play on Sunday while for Tottenham, a win will see them leapfrog Sheffield United who is in 6th position.
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