|It will be a key battle between Cristiano Ronaldo and Christian Romero on Saturday at Old Trafford. Who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Premierleague.com)|
Manchester United vs Tottenham HotspurOld Trafford Stadium6:30pm
All is not well at Old Trafford and they’re not even honest over there. Cristiano Ronaldo and Edison Cavani both traveled before the game against Manchester City and the club did a horrible job trying to conceal a worst kept secret.
The heavy loss at the Etihad only showed one thing, United players are cowards and it’s unforgivable considering the heights the club was known for. They’re definitely not the same Red Devils we used to know, how long they’re going to stay in the trenches is left for their current players to tell.
Tottenham aren’t exactly in a better place but there’s hope in the magic wand of Antonio Conte and a few bright lights in the squad. Harry Kane will always deliver and Heung Min Son is also a super star on his day, but can they do what they did against Everton on a consistent basis?
Spurs under Conte have proven to be solid when they have enough days to rest, it’s not the same when there are midweek games or just a day or two of rest, this would be a huge advantage against a team that has a date against a relentless Atletico Madrid in midweek.
Let’s talk about Spurs’ demolition of Everton, shall we? It was a game of huge significance for the hosts as that put paid to a run of horrendous results and performances, they did beat City in fine style in between but their run was dreadful, now they can throw themselves into the top four race again.
How will United approach this? They would be better for it if they take things one game at a time, they would be putting themselves under unnecessary pressure if they start to think about Atletico Madrid from this fixture, they still have top four hopes and it’s still possible, a loss here and the tide would be against them.
Spurs can win here and not only close the gap on United, they will also put pressure on Arsenal in fourth. A win at Old Trafford would take Spurs level with Arsenal but they would have played two more games than Mikel Arteta’s men, games in hand mean nothing, we all know that now.
United have already played three more than Arsenal and that would be four after the visit of Spurs as Arsenal don’t play until Sunday, should they fail to win, that would be dangerous and except something calamitous happens to the Gunners, the advantage would be firmly in North London.
United have won four of the last five between these two and they always find a way to beat Tottenham, but the 6-1 annihilation of the Red Devils on this ground on the 4th of October 2020 will remain fresh on both minds, will United be defined by that or will Spurs rely on that?
United will be without Luke Shaw (Covid) and Scott McTominay will face a late fitness test on calf issues, Spurs have a fit squad but this should be a spectacle at Old Trafford.