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Can Pochettino produce master class against Mourinho’s men?

Manchester United entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, as the Red Devils attempt to bounce back after their shocking 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town.
Spurs are riding the crest of a wave, and Harry Kane is in sumptuous form ahead of the mighty clash at Old Trafford.
Man United and Tottenham will be face to face this Sunday in English Premier League at 14:15 so try not to miss it.
Man United is ranked 6th place in the standings with 21 points, 19 goals scored and 16 goals received in the last 14 league matches.
Tottenham are ranked 5th place in the standings with 27 points, 24 goals scored and 10 goals received this season in English Premier League. In their last match they won against Swansea. Tottenham lost only one match from the previous 5 played before this meeting with Man United.
The attacking skills of Tottenham are decent; they won 2 from the last 5 matches.
In stark contrast, Kane and other players have found their most dangerous form after crushing Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley Stadium.
United have threatened to fall to a defeat in recent weeks with a brief set of lacklustre performances, and the early injury to Phil Jones cost the team dearly in their last match. Substitute Victor Lindelof could not settle against the Terriers, and the Red Devils were poor as they lost 2-1.
Kane will be hoping he faces Lindelof at the Theatre of Dreams, and the day could turn out to be a nightmare for the Sweden international.
The Spurs hit man is the top goal scorer in the division on eight goals, according to WhoScored.com, but he appears more dangerous with every passing game this term.
Lukaku has seven goals in eight appearances for United in the league this season, stepping up to the level many thought he was capable of and justifying his expensive price tag, believed to be around £75 million (about $99 million).
United could lack confidence in the match as they rocks with many injuries to first team players.
The north London sides are level on 20 points with the Red Devils, as Spurs attempt to climb to second.
As Mauricio Pochettino prepares to take Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford on Saturday to play José Mourinho’s Manchester United, he would do well not to look at the record between the two teams.
Over the years, United has been the dominant force in this fixture, winning almost double the amount of games it has lost. Yet the recent rise of Spurs under Pochettino has changed the dynamic between the two clubs somewhat, with Tottenham achieving victory in two of the last three encounters.
This fixture has produced some high-quality results and plenty of excitement in the past, with seven- and eight-goal thrillers. It has also seen some of English football’s best managers go head-to-head, and this game will be no different. Mourinho and Pochettino are among the Premier League’s most talented managers, and their futures may be interlinked.
Meanwhile, Leaders Manchester City attempt to continue their streak at the top of the table as they arrive at West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea face a tough road trip, with the champions travelling to the south coast to meet Bournemouth, while Liverpool hosts Huddersfield at Anfield.

POSSIBLE LINE-UP
Man Utd:
De Gea, Valencia, Blind, Smalling, Young, Herrera, Matic, Mata, Mkhitaryan, Rashford, Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, McTominay, Martial, Lingard, Shaw, Rojo.
Tottenham:
Hugo Lloris (c), Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Kieran Trippier, Christian Eriksen, Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son.
Subs: Danny Rose, Michel Vorm, Kevin Nkoudou, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Fernando Llorente, Ben Davies.

Head-to-Head
Team         P         W         D         L
Man Utd     156         81         39         36
Tottenham      156         36         39         81

DO YOU KNOW?
1.    Chelsea has scored six headed goals from just seven headers on target in the Premier League this season.
2.    For all nine clubs Ronald Koeman managed, only at Valencia CF he averaged fewer points per game (0.89) than at Everton (1.48).
3.    Everton have picked up just 1 point after 3 Europa League group stage games – the worst start of any English club at this stage.
4.    Simon Mignolet has made 13 errors leading to goals in the PL since making his Liverpool debut; three more than anyone else.
5.    This is the highest amount of goals Liverpool have conceded after nine top-flight games since the 1964-65 campaign (20).
6.    Spurs needed 90 shots to score their first three league goals at Wembley, but just eight shots for the last three (all today).
7.    Kieran Trippier has assisted Harry Kane on seven occasions in the Premier League in 2017; more than any other spurs player.
8.    Arsenal has become the first team to score 100 Premier League goals against a single opponent (Everton).
9.    Arsene Wenger has won a Premier League game on his birthday for the 3rd time (2005, 2006, 2017); more often than any other manager.
10.    Lacazette Alex has scored 27 goals in all comps in 2017, more than any other French player of.
11.    Mesut Özil also has more assists than any other player in the Premier League since his debut in September 2013. Top 5 leagues.

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