For a second consecutive season Old Trafford will play host to the kick-off of a new Premier League season.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal tasted defeat during his first match in charge this time last year and will be hoping to get off to a better start in 2015-16. United are the bookmakers favourites to beat Tottenham in the opening game of the season, with Favourit offering mouth-watering 5-1 odds on a United win for new customers (more details below).
The Dutch manager guided his side to a 3-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur back in March – one of their most convincing performances of last season.
Both sides could hand a few debuts on Saturday. For United, they have signed Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sergio Romero this summer – four of those are all realistic starters on the opening day.
Tottenham have landed three new defenders so far this summer – Kevin Wimmer, Kieron Trippier and Toby Alderweireld.
United fans are heading into the season with optimism following their acquisitions this summer, and they could even add Pedro to that list before the transfer window shuts. Tottenham don’t appear to make enough significant signings to make in-roads on the top four this season.
Louis van Gaal has already stated that he will play a 4-3-3 formation and for this weekend’s game that means we could see Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera as the front four – a mouth-watering prospect indeed.
We’d expect a similar 4-2-3-1 formation from the visitors as they played throughout last season – there may be changes in the back four but they’re the same unit going forward. Christian Erikisen and Harry Kane are the two main danger men.
Spurs will find it tough to stop all of United’s talented attacking players from making an impact on the game as they did against United in the opening 45 minutes in this fixture only five months ago. Remember, Spurs conceded more goals than any other side in the top 13 last season.
Manchester United have a couple of issues on the injury front – Marcos Rojo may not be ready to play following his extended holiday due to playing in this summer’s Copa América. Marouane Fellaini is suspended and Javier Hernández is the only injury doubt – not that we’d expect the latter two to have started this weekend if they were available anyway.
Tottenham have it light on the injury front too, as they did for much of last season – Andros Townsend is their only doubt.
Has Spurs’ defensive signings improved them enough to prevent the rollover that took place in this fixture last season? Whilst predicting the opening game of the season is harder than most, it will take a valiant effort from Mauricio Pochettino’s team to come away with anything on Saturday.
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