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The loss of Harry Kane is a blow for Tottenham and a huge boost for Manchester United. As Manchester City are five points ahead of United and Spurs, second and third respectively, a draw is surely undesirable and given the loss of Spurs’ star striker the onus is on José Mourinho’s men to go for the win. Considering Mourinho’s use of cat-and-mouse tactics it remains to be seen if he will instruct his side to do so. Jamie Jackson
Kick-off Saturday 12.30pm – Venue Old Trafford
Last season Man Utd 1 Tottenham 0
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Referee Jonathan Moss
Subs from Pereira, Romero, Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Mata, Martial, McTominay, Rojo, Mitchell, Darmian, Blind, Shaw, Bailly
Doubtful Bailly (match fitness), Rojo (match fitness)
Injured Carrick (calf, 5 Nov), Fellaini (knee, 5 Nov), Pogba (hamstring, 18 Nov), Ibrahimovic (knee, Dec)
Suspended None —— Leading scorer Lukaku 7
Subs from Vorm, Gazzaniga, Aurier, Walker-Peters, Rose, Foyth, Sissoko, Dembélé, N’Koudou, Llorente
Injured Kane (hamstring, 1 Nov), Lamela (hip, Nov), Wanyama (knee, unknown)
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho on Harry Kane’s absence: “I don’t speak about injured players so don’t ask me about Harry Kane, because to speak about Harry Kane I have to speak about Ibrahimovic, about Fellaini, about Pogba, about Rojo, about Michael Carrick, so I don’t speak.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino on coping without Kane: “We don’t need to prove ourselves. I think last season, in the period he was injured, you can see the stats and the games we played – win and lose with Harry, win and lose without Harry.
“I’m disappointed because he is our main striker and I think he is one of the best strikers in Europe, in the world, and always you are going to miss your best striker.
“We always believe in collective, the squad. During the season, problems happen and you must trust all the players, all the squad.”
Manchester United have won their last three Premier League home games against Tottenham without conceding a goal.
Spurs have lost 20 of their 25 Premier League trips to Old Trafford (W2, D3) – their worst away record against any club in the division.
United have only lost four of their last 32 top-flight fixtures with Spurs (W20, D8).
However, those four wins for Tottenham have come in the last 10 meetings between the sides (D3, L3), including a 2-1 victory in May.
Spurs will be looking to record consecutive league victories over United for the first time since April 1990.
United have won their last five Premier League home games without conceding.
They haven’t lost in 21 league fixtures at Old Trafford since a 2-1 defeat by Manchester City in September 2016 (W11, D10).
They could win eight consecutive home games in all competitions for the first time since 2012-13.
Jose Mourinho has won all five of his home matches against Mauricio Pochettino by an aggregate score of 15-1.
This will be Marcus Rashford’s last game as a teenager. He has scored 13 Premier League goals as a teenager, second only to Wayne Rooney’s 15.
Romelu Lukaku has scored 15 goals in 58 top-flight games against the ‘big six’ clubs, averaging a goal every 289 minutes.
Tottenham’s tally of 20 points after nine games is their best start to a top-flight season since 1963.
They have only lost twice in 22 league matches (W18, D2).
Spurs have won six successive Premier League away games, and nine of their last 10.
Harry Kane has 29 goals in 26 league appearances in 2017. He’s seven shy of Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 36 goals in a calendar year, set in 1995.
Kane has scored in six club games this season and each time he has gone on to score at least twice.
Son Heung-min needs one more goal to reach 20 in the Premier League and overtake Park Ji-sung as the competition’s highest-scoring South Korean player.
Paul Pogba remains unavailable due to his continuing rehabilitation from the hamstring injury which has kept him out since mid-September but is said to be targetting the trip to Chelsea next week as a possible return date, while Marouane Fellaini is also nearing a comeback following the knee injury he suffered playing for Belgium against Bosnia-Herzegovina earlier this month. Michael Carrick is expected to remain on the sidelines through calf trouble.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Tottenham have lost 20 of their 25 Premier League away trips to Old Trafford (W2 D3 L20) – their biggest tally of defeats away at any club in the competition.
Spurs – who beat Manchester United back in May 2017 – will be looking to record consecutive league victories against the Red Devils for the first time since April 1990.
Manchester United have won their last five Premier League games at Old Trafford, keeping a clean sheet in each win – they last recorded six consecutive home league wins without conceding in March 2010 (run of seven).
In their last two games, Manchester United have scored one goal, attempted only four shots on target and have an xG total of 0.97. Spurs have faced those same opponents over the last three games (Huddersfield & Liverpool) and netted eight goals, had 13 shots on target and had an xG total of 3.62.
Mauricio Pochettino has lost more Premier League matches against Jose Mourinho (4) than he has versus any other manager in the competition.
Tottenham are level on points with United and this is a big week for them as they host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
A draw at Old Trafford would be a good result for them. For any of the top six teams, if they can go away to one of their direct rivals and get a point, I think they will be happy with that.
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