With both teams looking to turn their fortunes around, we answer the big questions around their big clash
By Virgin TV Edit
Two clubs who can’t get enough drama square off in North London this Sunday when Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United in the Premier League.
There’s never a dull moment when these two take to the field, and you can watch the match exclusively live on Sky Sports and – if you can’t get near the telly – the Sky Sports app.
With vital Premier League points at stake, we answer the big questions around their big clash…
Right, first things first. Who needs the win more?
We’re going to take a seat on this fence right here and say both clubs desperately need a victory. Spurs and United have laughed in the face of consistency this season, but with title contenders Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City starting to edge away from the pack, they must get their acts together quickly if they want to challenge for the top four.
What happened the last time they met?
United came from behind to win 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April, with goals from Fred, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood cancelling out Son Heung-min’s opener. For Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his players it went some way towards erasing the painful memory of Spurs’ emphatic 6-1 triumph at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign.
Speaking of Solskjær, is he the right man to manage United?
It’s the million-dollar question, the answer to which changes on a weekly basis. Following last weekend’s humiliating 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, it’s currently an emphatic no. Amid all the debate about whether he has the tactical acumen to guide United to glory, it could be curtains for the Norwegian if United fail to beat Spurs.
His opposite number’s not had it easy either, right?
Correct. Nuno Espírito Santo joined the club from Wolves in the summer and enjoyed a pretty positive start to life in N17. Then came the defeats. Having lost at West Ham last weekend, the jury is very much out as to whether he’s the best person to lead Spurs forward. A win over United might silence a few of those questioning voices.
Is Sunday’s clash going to be the Ronaldo Show?
It could well be. The 36-year-old’s presence at Old Trafford has been queried in recent weeks, with accusations he has unbalanced the squad. Still, based on his match-winning goals so far, his £12.8 million transfer fee looks like a bit of a bargain. And he’ll be wanting to prove a point following that loss to Liverpool. We may have absolutely no coaching qualifications whatsoever, but we’d have six players man-marking him if we were in charge of Spurs.
And Harry Kane is Spurs’ main man, yeah?
Er, not quite. Step forward, Son Heung-min. While Kane has scored just once in the Premier League this season, Spurs’ South Korean sensation has found the net four times. Has Kane’s failed summer move to Manchester City affected his form? Only he can answer that. Luckily for Tottenham, they’ve got one of the best players in the league to pick up the slack while Harry rummages around for his goalscoring boots.
When is Spurs v Man Utd on TV?
Watch Spurs take on Manchester United at 4pm on Sunday 30 October on Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502).
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