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The Premier League is back and boy have we missed it! Yesterday Sheffield United travelled to Birmingham and were unlucky to be held to a 0-0 draw after a technology mishap and Manchester City battered a sorry Arsenal 3-0. But today I am previewing Manchester United’s return to the Premier League with a debut trip to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and face former-manager Jose Mourinho for the second time since his departure from Old Trafford. Here’s all you need to know:
Teams: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United
Date: Friday 19th of June 2020
KO Time: 20:15 GMT
Managers: Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Manchester United are set to be without defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones but with Maguire, Lindelof and Bailly all fit, this should not trouble Ole for the time being. Solskjaer has stated in his press conference that Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba will feature but not for the full 90 minutes as they are still recovering from their long term injuries sustained in January and December respectively. Before the lockdown, Tottenham were in a troubled state with most their senior players injured, no recognised striker and issues with contracts surrounding the club. Now, Kane, Son, Bergwijn and Sissoko are fit to play with Mourinho able to field an almost fully-fit squad. Dele Alli will not feature following another FA ban due to an inappropriate joke concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and Japhet Tanganga will also miss out due to injury.
- Manchester United remain unbeaten in 11 matches before lockdown began, having only conceded two goals in that time and keeping 9 clean sheets.
- Manchester United have only won once away to Spurs in their last five Premier League matches, fortunately it came last season in a 0-1 win at Wembley
- While Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 11 matches, Spurs are winless in their last six matches, having been knocked out of the FA Cup and Champions League during this brutal period
- Manchester United are yet to concede more than two goals in a Premier League match this season and are still unbeaten when leading at half time in Premier League history
- The last time United played away to Spurs, David de Gea broke the record for the most saves with his feet as he made 11 saves in the match, four of which were with his feet. A total only beaten by his save count the year before against Arsenal (14).