PREVIEW – MUFC vs Tottenham Hotspur

It’s always tasty when United and Spurs get together, and Saturday’s early kickoff [1245 BST] promises to be a good one.

Let’s take a closer look at Tottenham, as well as how we fared against them last season.

TRANSFERS:

The Spurs squad are still taking shape under Mauricio Pochettino, as the Argentine boss has now been on the job for just over a year and was not there to oversee the spending of the Gareth Bale windfall.

Notable departures are midfielders Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli and Lewis Holtby. Defenders Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul have also moved on, with keeper Brad Friedel retiring.

There have been three major signings so far, all at the back – with Toby Alderweireld arriving to partner his countryman Jan Vertonghen. Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier have also arrived to provide depth along the back line.

Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor are likely to depart the club before the window shuts. MUFC striker Chicharito has been a rumoured target – as has Hugo Lloris, a long mooted candidate to replace David de Gea should he leave. MUFC may or may not be interested in Harry Kane, depending on who you believe.

TACTICS:

No surprise here when Spurs line up in a 4-2-3-1 and press us all over the pitch. That’s what they do.

LAST SEASON:

United faced off twice versus Spurs last season, just the two Premier League matches:

  • 28 DEC 2014 – We travelled to White Hart Line during the Christmas fixture list and ground out a 0-0.
  • 15 MAR 2015 – Hopefully this fixture is a sign of things to come Saturday, as MUFC scored early and often to absolutely batter Spurs by three goals to nil. Goals from Fellaini, Carrick and skipper Wayne Rooney [celebrating with his now famous ‘boxing’ routine] got the job done.
Courtesy Ian Hodgson & Daily Mail
Courtesy Ian Hodgson & Daily Mail

I’m not big on making predictions, especially so early in the season. I’m just hoping we play well and the new signings show us what they’re made off at Old Trafford.

Let’s get this season started!!

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