Match preview | Man Utd v Tottenham on 12 March 2022


THE OPPOSITION

Like United, Tottenham are also looking to secure a Champions League berth this season, while hoping to end what has been a two-season absence from the competition. Our 3-0 victory at their north London home earlier this season brought the end to Nuno Espirito Santo’s short reign in charge of the club, with former Chelsea manager Conte taking charge shortly after.

The Italian has implemented his trademark three-at-the-back system over recent months and notably helped star man Harry Kane rediscover his goalscoring form. The England captain reached double digits for the league season on Monday night, having netted just once in the 2021/22 competition prior to Conte’s arrival in N17. 

TEAM NEWS

The Reds were without defenders Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane (both Covid), plus forwards Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo (both injured) for last Sunday’s derby away to Manchester City. Ralf Rangnick could provide an update on the quartet’s availability for Saturday’s outing during his pre-match press conference on Friday. 

As for Tottenham, the visitors have one fresh injury concern to worry about in the aftermath of Monday’s victory over Everton and that comes in the form of wing-back Ryan Sessegnon. The 21-year-old was replaced at half-time of that 5-0 win having picked up a muscle issue, with Conte saying in his post-match press conference that the former Fulham man would be evaluated on Tuesday.

Fellow defender Japhet Tanganga and midfielder Oliver Skipp have been out for a sustained period and the Spurs manager could potentially provide the latest news on all three during his press conference later in the week.



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