Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford tonight as the new Tottenham boss looks to heap more pressure on his Manchester United successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties last December, and it will be a little under a year to the day that the Special One heads back to the Theatre of Dreams in charge of a new club.
Tottenham have enjoyed the so-called ‘new manager bounce’ with three wins out of three for Mourinho to leave them fifth in the Premier League table – though that says as much about the likes of Arsenal and United as it does about Spurs.
Mourinho’s return could not come at a worse time for Solskjaer, who contrived to draw against Sheffield United (3-3) and Aston Villa (2-2) with Mauricio Pochettino waiting in the wings.
While United are keen to back Solskjaer’s long-term vision for the club, a humbling home defeat to Mourinho of all people could force Ed Woodward to pull the trigger once again in December.
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Welcome to Standard Sport‘s LIVE coverage of Manchester United vs Tottenham as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford for the first time *as a manager* since his sacking last December.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was installed as his successor at United, and now knows the intense heat Mourinho was feeling in the dugout 12 months ago.
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Manchester United 1-1 Tottenham: Despite his warm words for United of late, Mourinho would dearly love to inflict a convincing defeat on them on their own turf.
The saving grace for United is that Solskjaer and his side are better in big games, and should have a decent game plan – so a draw is most likely.
Anthony Martial is a major concern for Manchester United ahead of Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford.
The France forward suffered a muscle strain late on against Aston Villa on Sunday, making him doubt for Tottenham.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hoping for better news with Scott McTominay, who is still recovering from the ankle injury he picked up before the last international break.
If Martial fails to recover in time, it could see Solskjaer opt for a three-man central defence, with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James playing as a wide front two.
Mourinho will be missing Hugo Lloris until the New Year, while Michel Vorm’s absence means Paulo Gazzaniga is certain to keep his starting role in goal.
Erik Lamela is sidelined with a thigh injury along with Ben Davies (ankle).
Despite three wins out of three, Mourinho has concerns over a defence which has conceded two goals in each of those matches.
It will be fascinating to see whether the Portuguese coach attempts to constrict such a high-stakes game in his usual manner, or if he sticks with how Spurs are currently winning – by forgetting about defending and looking to outgun a similarly shaky United back line.
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Tuanzebe, Maguire, Lindelof, Williams; McTominay, Fred, Pereira; Rashford, James
Tottenham XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Ndombele, Dier; Sissoko, Dele Alli, Son; Kane
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You can follow all the action on Standard Sport’s LIVE match blog with James Robson and Dan Kilpatrick at Old Trafford.
Head to head (H2H) results history
United have a great record against Tottenham with 91 wins to Spurs’ 52 victories, and 48 draws.
However, their recent history is more evenly split with the last nine meetings alternating between Spurs and United wins.
Last season, Spurs thrashed United 3-0 on their last visit to Old Trafford – a result which sparked the beginning of the end for Mourinho in Manchester – but the Red Devils got their own back with a 1-0 win in north London the last time they met.