United not so familiar to Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Premier League – Friday 

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United – Preview;

JOSE MOURINHO insisted he wasn’t holding all the aces ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League return against his former club, Manchester United on Friday evening.

With a string of star names available to the Lilywhites chief, it could be implied that the Portuguese inside knowledge of the Old Trafford outfit could offer his side the upper hand. However, the Spurs chief was quick to rebuff those suggestions as his sid look to claw back a seven-point gap between themselves and the top four. 

“It doesn’t help, honestly,” he explained. 

“Of course, I know some of their players, but I try to know the players from every team – when I didn’t have the chance to work with them like I did with some of the United boys, you try to study them as much as you can. 

“Normally, yes, I study opponents, collectively and individually, that’s normal.

Mourinho continued: “Maybe two to three weeks ago we knew the Premier League was going to start, we knew clearly United was the first opponent, West Ham the second opponent, Sheffield United the third opponent. 

“You have lots of time to analyse your opponents but you’re analysing them three months ago, four months ago and you don’t even have the friendly matches like in a normal preseason to follow your opponents, to understand the state of their form, the performance level and new tendencies.”

Mourinho confirmed several of his starting line-up, adding: “Tanganga has had a stress fracture for a few months now and, of course, he didn’t recover during this period and we have some little problems that we have to analyse tomorrow morning before we make a decision. But the ones that had surgeries, Kane Sissoko and Son, they’ve recovered and they’re ready to play.”

Meanwhile, Combative midfielder, Moussa Sissoko, told www.tottenhamhotspur.com: “We know the situation, where we are and our target is to reach the Champions League for next season so we need to play game by game.

“Now the first game is going to be United. They are a good team, they are in front of us and there is only one thing to do – it’s to beat them.

“We are training very well, everyone is preparing well and we are confident for this first game.”

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United – Head to head;

Tottenham Hotspur won; 52

Drawn; 48

Manchester United won; 92

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United – Last five meetings (all competitions);

January 31, 2018 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester United

April 21, 2018 – Emirates FA Cup semi-final

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

August 27, 2018 – Premier League

Manchester United 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

January 13, 2019 – Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Manchester United

December 4, 2019 – Premier League

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jeevesie’s prediction; Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Manchester United

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Brian Jeeves

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