Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's 4.30pm kick-off as both sides look to kick on their Premier League campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side started their season with damning home loss to Crystal Palace before bouncing back with a lucky win over Brighton.

It took a Bruno Fernandes penalty after the final whistle to wrap up all three points in what was another unconvincing display.

Solskjaer will be hoping for more from his top four men this time out as he feels the pressures of transfers.

Tottenham have won one, drawn one and lost one so far as Jose Mourinho's men have had to endure a tough fixture list.

This will be Spurs' fourth game in seven days having also competed in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

United XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial.

Spurs XI: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Sanchez, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Lamela, Son, Kane.

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Yellow for Bailly

The United centre-back rounds off his day with a yellow card.

Bailly drags his studs down Son’s leg, in what looks like quite a nasty challenge, and is subsequently booked.

It’s dismal day for United and players look like they’ve given up.

Pogba heads over

United win a free-kick and Shaw steps up to take it.

The left-back whips in a decent ball but Pogba can only head over. The ball was a little behind him.

These are the rare chances United need to take.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-5 Tottenham

Tottenham continue with how they left off.

Aurier is slipped through the United defence by Hojbjerg and punished the hosts.

His neat finish finds the corner and Spurs have five. Wow.

Back underway

Two changes for United and one for Spurs.

Fred and McTominay are on for Matic and Fernandes.

Lucas has replaced Moura.

Evra furious

“Are you seeing this right now?” says Evra as he slams his hands on the desk.

“That’s why I don’t even want to talk about this game because it’s a catastrophe what’s happening right now.

“My advice to any fan right now is to buy a PlayStation, buy a player like Sancho, even Messi, and start playing. Because it’s a disaster.

“You know I’ve been a player, that’s why I don’t want to go on about one player, but our defence has been shocking.

“Bailly had the chance to play instead of Lindelof and he made that mistake. So don’t cry when you don’t play!

“This is so naive.

“I’m devastated. And I’m a positive person. But right now I understand the pain of all United fans because no one right now in this team deserves to play.”


It’s a poor, poor showing for United who look in serious trouble.

Fans are unhappy, Neville is unhappy and Woodward watches from the stands.

Mourinho, meanwhile, is in wonderland.

Chances for United and Spurs

Kane’s header goes over as moments later Maguire’s header from a Bruno Fernandes corner fails to prove a threat.

Neville re-quotes Shaw

Neville has just re-quoted Shaw, who recently spoke on transfers.

“As I said, we have a very good group, but personally I think we need more players to strengthen the squad,” Shaw told TV2.

“It can give us a boost. When you look around at how other teams are strengthening their teams, then we must also do it to keep up with the others.”

Neville adds: “Pretty emphatic. That’s from the dressing room.”

GOAL! Man Utd 1-4 Tottenham

Mourinho’s men are in cruise control now and it’s so easy for Son to add a fourth.

Aurier has acres of space down the right, crosses along the floor and Son flicks home.

Son dances away as cameras flash to Ed Woodward. A penny for his thoughts?

GOAL! Man Utd 1-3 Tottenham

United are punished for playing out of the back as Kane intercepts the ball.

Son receives the ball and plays it back to the English forward who slots home.

United are in serious trouble.

RED CARD - Martial

Shambles for United. Absolute shambles

The Frenchman cheekily slaps Lamela round the chaps after taking one of his own while play waits for a set piece.

Anthony Taylor immediately brandishes a a straight red card.

United down to 10.

It should be three (or four)

Spurs launch a dangerous counter attack with Maguire and Bailly completely sucked in.

Son is set loose and one on one with De Gea. The forward produces a rare poor touch and the Spaniard gobbles the loose ball up.

Moments later Aurier finds some room in the United box but his shot is parried away by De Gea.

Lamela then finds some space in the United box and sees his shot blocked and whistle past the post.

United are clinging on.

Greenwood flashes wide

The United youngster works some room on the edge of the box before letting rip with his right.

Lloris dives but luckily for the Frenchman the ball whistles past the far post.

Good again from United.

United hit the post!

After being shellshocked United are slowly getting back into the contest.

Fernandes slots Rashford through but the United forward can only hit the post.

Turns out he was offside anyway but it’s much better from United.

Spurs earn dangerous free-kick

We seem to have had a few match minutes without a goal.

Shaw is adjudged to have handled the ball on the edge of the box with a free-kick given to Spurs. “Not a chance,” mutters Neville on Sky Sports.

Lamela drives his free-kick into the wall and the chance dissipates.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham

What is happening?!

Son breaks through the United defence thanks to a clever and quick Kane free-kick, he out-paces Bailly and slots home.

We’ve only had eight minutes of play and three goals.

How’s your heart rate, United fans?

GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Tottenham

Good grief. Can you keep up?

An absolute shambles from United at the back sees Ndombele capitalise an level the scores.

Three headers from United defenders, with Maguire attempting to head into De Gea’s hands ends in disaster.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham

Bruno Fernandes steps up and tucks the ball away nicely. What a start for the hosts.


Wow. That was quick. United have a penalty already after Sanchez brings down Rashford.


Here we go!

Evra on Van de Beek

“First of all I think the agent of Van de Beek should shut his mouth. Because I don’t understand why the agent now talks.

“Talking of Van de Beek I think every United fan is disappointed because now it’s three games. He only started one game.

“I don’t think he’s in competition with Paul Pogba, maybe some fans disagree with me.

“I don’t understand why he’s not starting. It’s like the third game.

“He showed you we don’t need him [Pogba]. Because when you buy a player normally it’s you need to win the league.

“Is Van de beek going to win the league for us? No. Actually that’s the point he doesn’t start. I don’t know if it’s injury but the sign you get from outside: you buy Van de Beek, the only signing of United, it’s three games and he doesn’t start. So when you lose the game you already have an excuse.”

On ideal midfield: “It would be Pogba, Fernandes and Matic. Do you really need a Van de Beek right now?”

Neville on Cavani: How we ended up here?

“They need a striker. I think my emotion yesterday when I heard the news was the feeling I probably had when Falcao, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, or Ighalo signed,” he said on Sky Sports.

“It’s very last minute, came out of nowhere. There’s an element of thrill to it, intrigue, excitement, because he’s one of the world’s great strikers over the last 10 years and you hope he can set the Premier League on fire.

“There’s an Element also of how have we ended up here. Man Utd 2-3 months ago had a great coronavirus period, acted with great class, finished third in the league. That’s as close to City as they could have got. And if they go and get 3 or 4 signings this season, but we’re here on the eve of the transfer deadline with van de Beek as the only signing and currently he can’t get into a packed midfield.

“So Cavani’s signing will be welcome, I think he’s different to the other strikers, I hope he comes fit, firing, he’s always worked hard so I have no doubt about that. He’s not the type to come for a swansong or pay off. I think he’s got more about him.

“I don’t think he’ll come with anything other than to prove himself but I certainly don’t think it was part of the strategy or the plan.”

Solskjaer pre-match

“We’ve got to get intensity and tempo to our play. We know that they’re going to be a difficult side to break down but they’ve got pace up front to counter attack,” he told Sky Sports. “Lamela played really well against us last time as well.

“We have to break them down cleverly enough. Down the sides, try to get in behind them.”

On if he prepared to face Son: “Yeah. Of Course. You know Jose well enough. Top player, very very good and you’re facing one of the best players in the league running in behind. Similar to Marcus, Aubameyang in his movement, in his runs. So of course we have looked at it.”

On Cavani: “I can’t say anything before a deal is done. Mind is on the game and just need to focus on that one.”

Bailly > Lindelof

It seems as though Solskjaer’s decision to start Bailly over Lindelof has gone down well with the fans.

The Swedish defender has been unconvincing for sometime in United’s defence while Bailly has recovered from injury.

Tottenham starting XI

Man Utd starting XI

Dalot deal done

It might only be a loan but Dalot has left the club after signing under Mourinho in 2018.

No Bale but when?

Tottenham hero Gareth Bale has returned to the club but is still not fit enough to play. Which comes as good news to United fans.

“I believe that the two weeks of the international break can be important weeks to his last phase of recovery and fitness problems, hopefully, to play when we’re back the weekend after the national teams,” Mourinho said prior to the fixture.

“We’ll see if it is possible to arrive there. From yesterday, it’s just fatigue, no injured players, no.”

Gareth Bale was reportedly keen to join Manchester United before sealing a return to Tottenham this summer
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Maguire on criticism of United defence

United’s defence has come under fire in the opening stages of this season and Maguire has a stern response to his critics.

“The only way you can respond is by proving them wrong on the pitch, it’s quickly forgotten how many clean sheets we kept last season, I think we kept the most in Europe,” he told Sky Sports.

“We know that we want to be keeping clean sheets, we’ve kept two in the cup games., but in the Premier League, we’ve conceded five goals. We know we are going to come under scrutiny, we’re used to hat.

“The only way we can respond to it, is proving them wrong on the pitch.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Harry Maguire of Manchester United warms up at halftime during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on September 19, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)


One man who won’t feature today but soon will is Edinson Cavani.

The former PSG striker is a free agent and set to join Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

It’s an unusual signing for United given their stance on signings but club legend Ryan Giggs has explained why he thinks it’s a good move.

“It goes without saying he’s a world star,” Giggs said. “My second game (as Wales manager) was against Uruguay and Cavani scored and I was really impressed with his work rate and quality.

“It’s about how quickly he beds in. We have seen South Americans who haven’t really come and done it like (Radamel) Falcao, (Angel) Di Maria and (Alexis) Sanchez, but Cavani, with his work rate, you expect him to make it.”

Full story here.

Edinson Cavani will be hoping to continue his fine record of scoring goals in the Premier League
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Predictions for the clash?

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has made his prediction on Manchester United’s match against Tottenham.

“United, they looked to me, when I saw them against Brighton and against Palace, they’ve reverted back to life before Bruno Fernandes got here,” Wright told Premier League Productions.

“It seems very easy to nullify and it’s almost like they’re waiting for somebody to do something amazing and then they’ll kick on.

“You see strikers, like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, [Neal] Maupay, [Jamie] Vardy, they’ve not got a striker who’s always in there, in that six yard box, ready to score, at United I don’t see that.

“Spurs have got it with Harry Kane.”

Full prediction here.

Bruno Fernandes a doubt?

Manchester United will go into this fixture with a couple of doubts over players - including Bruno Fernandes and Harry Maguire.

Fernandes could be a doubt with a thigh issue while Maguire missed Brighton in midweek with a knock.

Both should start but it’s not certain.

Full story on team news here.


Hello and welcome to the Mirror’s live match coverage of Manchester United vs Tottenham.

Both sides have had mixed starts to the season but Jose Mourinho will be especially desperate to get one over his club.

Likewise Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not want to be outdone but his predecessor.

It’s set up to be a feisty affair and you can follow all the action here.

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