Manchester United v Tottenham Tips, Odds and Betting Offers, Saturday 28th October, Old Trafford, Kick off: 12:30
Throughout his managerial career, Jose Mourinho has developed a reputation for building incredible squad unity. That made his comments after Manchester United’s defeat against Huddersfield last weekend very surprising. He criticised his players’ performance, he criticised their attitude and he criticised their will to win. Mourinho was happy that his tough love produced a comfortable League Cup win over Swansea on Tuesday night but the big test comes early on Saturday afternoon when Tottenham visit to Old Trafford.
Manchester United v Tottenham Betting Offers and Free Bets
Manchester United v Tottenham Betting Tips
- Match Result Draw at 23/10 with BetVictor
- Second Half to Have Most Goals at 21/20 with Coral
While Mourinho was bemoaning his players last weekend, Mauricio Pochettino couldn’t have been more fulsome in his praise of his team. Tottenham were full value for their crushing 4-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley Stadium with some pundits suggesting the performance put them right back in the hunt for the title.
That big win against Liverpool felt like lift off for Tottenham at Wembley following some average performances but there’s been nothing average about their performances away from their temporary home.
Pochettino’s men have won all four of their away games in the Premier League – conceding just two goals in the process – while they also secured a vital point in the Champions League away to Real Madrid. A trip to Old Trafford won’t fill Spurs and their fans with the fear that it used to, even though they’ve lost each of their last three away games to Man Utd.
Man Utd kept a clean sheet in each of those three wins and you can bet your bottom dollar that Mourinho will be demanding another solid performance at the back from his players. He was criticised for an overly defensive approach to the visit to Anfield a fortnight ago but few would complain about Mourinho ensuring his players limit the space afforded to this excellent Tottenham side. With two teams who are very hard to beat, we should be in for a tight encounter at Old Trafford.
Although Spurs are back to their best, Man Utd are the bookies’ favourites on Saturday. That’s probably fair enough given that Mourinho’s men have won all four of their home league games without conceding but you’ve got to say that United have had a pretty easy start.
They’ve beaten Leicester, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace. Three of those four teams have sacked their manager and Slaven Bilic’s position at West Ham could not be more precarious. Tottenham represent a completely different proposition and Mourinho knows it.
Spurs can created chances through clever passing moves and via devastating counterattacks. That will worry Mourinho who’ll set his team out to contain their opponents first and foremost. There really is little to separate these two so take the 23/10 that BetVictor are quoting on the draw.
After beating Swansea in midweek, Mourinho made a point of saying that his team came through without any injuries and without any extra time. Man Utd also played their League Cup game a day before Tottenham and while Pochettino was able to rotate his team, he must be wary about tired legs. Their momentum was also somewhat stalled by their defeat to West Ham.
There’s every chance that the game will open up the longer it goes on which makes a bet on the second half having more goals than the first look worth a play at 21/20 with Coral.