It’ll hardly be a case of friends reunited in the English Premier League on Sunday, as Jose Mourinho makes a return to Manchester United with Tottenham.
The agitating Portuguese coach has a prime opportunity to heap the pressure on opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, although the ex-Chelsea boss may be more concerned with his own side’s troubles.
United needed a controversial penalty in the tenth minute of stoppage time to pinch victory at Brighton last weekend, with the Seagulls having missed a bundle of chances to beat the Red Devils.
Unconvincing it may have been, but it did at least get the Red Devils off the mark in the EPL after their opening weekend loss at home to Crystal Palace.
Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes will be assessed ahead of kick off following their respective knocks at Brighton.
David de Gea should cling on to the gloves ahead of rival keeper Dean Henderson while Eric Bailly may be preferred to Victor Lindelof in defence.
Tottenham suffered late aggravation of their own last weekend as they were held 1-1 by Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The latest in a stack of controversial handball decisions led to Callum Wilson’s 97th-minute penalty that left Mourinho seething.
It leaves Spurs with a win, draw and a defeat from their opening trio of Premier League matches.
Son Heun-min’s injury woes have lessened, with the South Korean standing a chance of playing at Old Trafford, with Giovani Lo Celso also an injury doubt.
Gareth Bale continues to ease his way back following his loan switch from Real Madrid.
Sergio Reguilon made the same move on a permanent transfer and could make his Premier League debut.
Manchester United vs Tottenham: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester United vs Tottenham: EPL Line-up predictions
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Namanja Matic, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial.
Probable Tottenham Starting XI: Hugo Lloris, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Son Heung-min, Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Sergio Reguilon, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane.
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