When these two sides met in October it was billed a shootout between Nuno Espirito Santo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to save their jobs. The belief was that the winner would remain while the loser would be sacked, replaced by free agent Antonio Conte. Solskjaer’s Man Utd won 3-0 and Santo was indeed replaced by Conte at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a change that revived the north London side, lifting them back into the battle for Champions League football – though their recent form hasn’t been the best.
Tottenham are currently three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal and have played a game more than their north London rivals, having won three and lost three of their past six Premier League matches. Recently, Conte’s side have alternated wins and defeats, beating Manchester City but losing to Burnley; beating Leeds but getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough. On Monday they bounced back from that defeat with a 5-0 thrashing of Everton, moving them to within two points of their hosts on Saturday, with two games in hand.
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It’s not too long ago that Man Utd appeared to be in control of the race for the top four (outside of Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea), but they have lost their grip thanks to a poor run of form. The Red Devils have managed just two wins from their past six Premier League matches, drawing three and losing to Man City last weekend – a humiliating defeat by scoreline and performance.
As a result, Ralf Rangnick’s men have dropped to fifth, one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal but crucially having played three games more. With Tottenham also close behind them while having games in hand, Man Utd really cannot afford to be dropping any points if they wish to remain in the Champions League, or to even qualify for the Europa League.
Man Utd vs Tottenham: Match Stats
Cristiano Ronaldo is in a period of doubt at Man Utd but he could be back in the team to face Tottenham this weekend, and if he is he’ll want to make a mark. The Portuguese forward averages 1.37 shots on target in the Premier League, with only Jesse Lingard (1.8) averaging more at Man Utd this season. At the same time, Harry Kane is finding form and averages 1.55 shots on target per game in the Premier League this season.
Both Tottenham and Man Utd are quite average when it comes to corners this season, but that’s not a bad thing. Tottenham have averaged 5.38 corners taken per game in the Premier League this season but also 5.04 corners conceded. Man Utd, meanwhile, average 5.29 corners taken and 5.32 corners conceded, putting the game in good stead for 10+ corners.
30 October 2021 – Tottenham 0-3 Man Utd – Premier League
11 April 2021 – Tottenham 1-3 Man Utd – Premier League
4 October 2020 – Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham – Premier League
19 June 2020 – Tottenham 1-1 Man Utd – Premier League
4 December 2019 – Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham – Premier League
Man Utd will be looking to win three consecutive games against Tottenham across all competitions for the first time since 2010 when they managed seven victories in a row as part of a wider 26-game unbeaten run between 2001 and 2012. However, Tottenham did win the last meeting at Old Trafford, that 6-1 thrashing in October 2020 when Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were still in charge.