Manchester United have some sketchy away records at places like Turf Moor and Ewood Park, but generally find trips to White Hart Lane relatively comfortable.
Not since May 19th 2001 have Tottenham Hotspur supporters witnessed a home victory against Manchester United, a day where Van Der Gouw played in goal. The next 13 encounters didn’t see Manchester United lose once.
Following the comfortable win at home to Newcastle, a game that extended Manchester United’s unbeaten run to 8 matches, Louis van Gaal’s side is in excellent shape going into an encounter that customarily falls in their favour.
The win at home against Newcastle was a ringing endorsement of Louis van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ being put into practice with clinical edge. The 3-5-2 system is beginning to look relatively natural to the players, with the likes of Young, Carrick and Rooney looking increasingly dangerous in a system that was labeled as ‘the death of football’ by Johann Cruyff. Be that as it may, if it keeps churning out results football is more than welcome to die a slow and painful moral death.
With a lack of competent alternate options and an impressive amount of cohesion in the current Manchester United team, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Louis van Gaal’s first unchanged side of the season.
Louis van Gaal’s opposition has experienced an upturn in form of recent times, winning their last 4 matches. The exploits of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen has resulted in Spurs moving 5 points clear of Liverpool and 9 clear of Everton. Mauricio Pochettino has overseen his side pick up most of their points away from home – White Hart Lane has hardly materialised into a fortress ever since the Argentine took over, with only 3 home victories being achieved as opposed to the 6 away triumphs.
Tottenham will have to search for a 4th home win this season without the services of Ryan Mason. Hugo Lloris will feature despite a head injury sustained in their 2-1 win at Leicester.
Nobody will be able to return for Manchester United in time for tomorrow’s game – Di Maria, Shaw, Rojo, Blind, Fellaini, Januzaj and Herrera all miss out. No new knocks were sustained during the Newcastle game.
Following 7 wins in 8 games for Manchester United, a victory against a side they haven’t beaten since 4th March 2012 is very much on the cards. However, given the patchy away form displayed so far this season it seems like this encounter won’t come without its shaky moments.
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United