This’ll be a big, big challenge for Tottenham.
Manchester United can feel reasonably confident of a win over Tottenham this weekend, if the stats leading up to this fixture are anything to go by.
The Red Devils have a great record against Spurs in the Premier League, and have been handed an even bigger boost to their chances of victory with the news that Harry Kane is set to miss the game.
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The England international has been on fire for Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season, and the last thing the Argentine needed to end his team’s hoodoo at Old Trafford was today’s blow of a hamstring injury to his top scorer, as confirmed in the Guardian.
Why should Tottenham be so pessimistic? Just take a look at these five eye-watering stats from BBC Sport that surely gives a Kane-less Spurs no hope of avoiding defeat on Saturday…
1) Manchester United have won and kept a clean sheet in each of their last three Premier League home matches against Spurs.
Three defeats and no goals scored in their last three trips to Old Trafford? That’s a record even Kane would find tough to overcome, so what hope does Fernando Llorente have up their on his own?
2) Tottenham’s record at Old Trafford in the Premier League era is their worst at any ground.
They’ve lost 20 of 25 meetings against United at the Theatre of Dreams. On the five occasions they’ve managed to avoid defeat their record stands at two wins and three draws.
3) Spurs won their last Premier League fixture against United…
And the last time they won two in a row in the league against the Red Devils was 27 years ago – before the Premier League even began. Would you really bet on them ending that torrid run now that Kane is guaranteed to sit the game out?
4) United are on a pretty decent run in general right now.
They’ve won their last five home games in the Premier League without conceding a goal, with three of those victories coming as 4-0 scorelines. Mourinho has turned Old Trafford into a fortress once again.
Manchester United’s last 5 Premier League home games:
Clean sheets: 5
And Spurs have just lost their top scorer… pic.twitter.com/ZRuA9970Di
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5) Mourinho’s aggregate score against Pochettino at home is 15-1
The United manager has faced his Spurs counterpart in a number of different games with different clubs, but the result always seems to be the same in home matches, with his sides averaging three goals a game against the Argentine’s teams.