Preview: Mourinho to let his attacking players off their leash at Wembley against Spurs?


Tottenham Hotspur -v- Manchester United

Wembley, London

Premier League 2017/18

Wednesday 31st January 2018; KO 20:00 GMT

Live on BT Sport

Manchester United head to Wembley on Wednesday evening as they face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. United have started 2018 with some style, winning all five matches played and are yet to concede a single goal so far. United have beaten Everton 2-0, Derby County 2-0, Stoke City 3-0, Burnley 1-0 and Yeovil Town 4-0 – meaning they have scored 12 goals without reply. United have been boosted by the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is about to return to full training and Eric Bailly may only be a few weeks away from becoming involved in matches himself. Last week, United signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal with saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head to London. Jose Mourinho also extended his contract, which could see him at the club until 2021.

United will be looking to retain their 100% winning record of 2018, which would set them up in good stead for February’s matches, which will see the return of UEFA Champions League football. A victory could see United sit 11 points clear of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who were far superior to United last season, which shows how far United have come since Mourinho took the reigns and made the much-needed changes which have boosted the club and given them an air of pride ahead of seeking a return to the top. United still sit 12 points behind of Manchester City, who will face West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad, with the Baggies undefeated in their last four matches, the last a 3-2 victory over Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup.

Form: Manchester United have the better form ahead of the clash with Spurs although both clubs are undefeated in 2018

Manchester United: WWWWWD – Yeovil Town 4-0 W, Burnley 1-0 W, Stoke City 3-0 W, Derby County 2-0 W, Everton 2-0 W, Southampton 0-0 D

Tottenham Hotspur: DDWWDW – Newport County 1-1 D, Southampton 1-1 D, Everton 4-0 W, AFC Wimbledon 3-0 W, West Ham United 1-1 D, Swansea City 2-0 W

Previous Matches: Manchester United in the driving seat regarding victories between the two side but Spurs will be up for the challenge

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have played 187 matches in the history of both clubs – the first match was played on the 28th January 1899; a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup, the replay resulting in a 5-3 defeat for Newton Heath. United have won the most matches with 89 victories, drawing 48 times and losing 50 times in all competitions. The longest unbeaten run against Spurs lasted 26 consecutive matches between the two clubs starting on the 29th September 2001 with a 5-3 victory, lasting until the 4th March 2012, a 3-1 victory. During that run, United won 21 matches, drawing five, scoring 54 goals, conceding 14 goals and keeping 15 clean sheets. The last time United were beaten by Spurs was at the end of last season, a 2-1 defeat in the last ever match played at White Hart Lane. United won the reverse fixture earlier this season with Anthony Martial scoring the only goal of the match.

Team News: Alexis Sanchez to make Manchester United Premier League debut at Wembley?

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been boosted with the return to action of Michael Carrick who played his first match in four months on Friday, the 4-0 victory over Yeovil Town in the Emirates FA Cup. Carrick could be in contention to face his former club at Wembley. Mourinho has already confirmed that there are no new injuries to contend with so both Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are still the only ones on the sidelines, although the Swede is not injured. Alexis Sanchez could make his Premier League debut for United at the stadium the club have won their last few matches, a big boost for them. Mauricio Pochettino could be boosted with the availability Hugo Lloris, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, and Danny Rose. Toby Alderweireld is not ready to join the matchday squad for the visit of United.

Predicted Starting XI: Mourinho to play his most-attacking side against Spurs as he keeps an eye on City ahead of possible league title challenge?

Predicted Score: Manchester United too hot for Spurs with Alexis Sanchez opening his account at his new club?

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Manchester United

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