Will Manchester United be able to win their fifth consecutive game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? You never know. However, one thing that I can assure you is defeating Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley is not an easy task.
It is a great chance for Solskjaer to defeat Mauricio Pochettino side tonight and prove that he will be better suitable for the permanent manager job at Old Trafford.
The Spurs manager has been highly linked for the manager job with United in the next season. After the departure of Jose Mourinho in December. Many people suggested that Pochettino should take over as United manager. So, it is a real test for both the managers as the result of this game might determine the permanent manager of United in the future.
Solskjaer has done a phenomenal job with United so far. None of us expected that this United roster will be able to score 14 goals in four fixtures, but it happened. Also, the environment and attitude of players have also changed a lot since the arrival of Norwegian at the Old Trafford.
In the last week fixture, United defeated Newcastle United 2-0 in an away outing while Tottenham defeated Cardiff City 3-0 at Cardiff City Stadium.
This will be the 54th meeting between United Spurs. The Red Devils have got better of their opponents as they have won 33 encounters while Tottenham have won 9 of them. Rest of the 11 fixtures ended with both the sides sharing a point each.
However, in the recent meetings, Tottenham have got better of their Premier League rivals. Spurs have emerged victorious in last three out of four encounters against United. The latest fixture was in August, where Spurs thrashed the Red Devils 3-0 at Old Trafford.
The past and current results between these two sides tell us a completely different story. Yes, we all know that United have struggled since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. While Spurs have thrived under the leadership of Pochettino.
However, the arrival of Solskjaer has provided some hopes to United. So, it will be interesting to see, how the Red Devils perform in their first big challenge under the new temporary manager tonight.
Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele are all back in training. Dembele is the only player, who is expected to not start as he is highly linked with a move to China. Victor Wanyama will join Dembele out of this fixture.
As for United, Eric Bailly is suspended for three games after receiving a red card against Bournemouth. Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling will join Bailly outside the ground tonight as both the defenders haven’t recovered from the injury yet.