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Dec 2, 2019, 1:30:00 PM

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: Feasible match-winning factors

Sportsbet.io deciphers the match-winning factors from Manchester United’s Premier League meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Manchester United, ninth on the Premier League points table, continued their inconsistent run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, the club’s second straight stalemate against a newly promoted team. The Red Devils have kept just two clean sheets in 22 Premier League games hence the backline must avoid further complacency in the upcoming fixtures.

Tottenham Hotspur have scripted a winning start to the Jose Mourinho era and are aiming to script successive league wins at Old Trafford for just the second time in history. The Lilywhites have moved up fifth on the league standings and a win at Manchester United will not only be a perfect homecoming for Mourinho but see the club inch closer to the top-four.

Who can score first

Tottenham Hotspur have scored first in three of their last five meetings with Manchester United and placed on the money line to net the first strike in the fixture. United, who have opened the scoring just twice in their last five league fixtures, must rediscover their scoring instincts against Spurs, as a warm-up to the upcoming Manchester derby over the weekend.

Correct score

The depth quality in either team’s roster means the contest will inevitably go down to the wire. While Tottenham Hotspur will go all guns blazing, Manchester United’s counter-attack policy will dent the visitors’ hopes to escape unscathed. We believe a 3-2 victory against the Red Devils is on the cards for the Lilywhites.

Highest scoring half

The first half at Old Trafford will offer some quality attempts on goal, and a few impressive shots on target. However, the game is likely to be decided in the dying minutes of the fixture as both teams have recently showcased their ability to score in stoppage time.

Clean sheet

No goalkeeper is guaranteed to keep a clean sheet in Wednesday’s contest, considering Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have conceded in each of their last five Premier League games.

First goalscorer

Marcus Rashford has been in imperious form for Manchester United this term, contributing 11 goals (seven goals, four assists) in 14 Premier League games and is tipped to open the scoring against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. The 22-year-old went goalless for the sixth time in the league this term but is poised for a swift comeback to his goalscoring best in front of the watchful eyes of former manager Jose Mourinho.

Upon his arrival, Mourinho slotted Dele Alli into his preferred attacking midfield position and the Englishman has thrived ever since. The 23-year-old scored a brace in the 3-2 win over Bournemouth and will be the key figure for the Lilywhites alongside the influential Harry Kane.

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Words: William Paul

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