Manchester United entertain Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday as two sides with renewed expectations do battle.

Both sides will have lofty ambitions this season, with managers Solskjaer and Mourinho respectively knowing the task at hand to ensure a successful campaign.

However both bosses need some work on their banter, with perhaps the worst exchange of insults in living memory taking place over the past week.

Sparks always seem to fly when Jose Mourinho returns to one of his old stomping grounds, and although it isn’t the first time he has returned to Old Trafford since his dismissal as United boss, the Spurs gaffer will no doubt be extra motivated to pick up the win.

Mourinho won the Europa League with United when he was manager, and now his Spurs outfit have qualified for the group stages thanks to a 7-2 win over Israeli side Maccabi Haifa midweek.

Qualifying for the Europa League can be a burden in the early stages of the season, and Tottenham could well be feeling the fatigue of a punishing Thursday-Sunday schedule in recent weeks.

Manchester United have arguably looked the more jaded though, with last week’s get-out-of-jail free card against Brighton a controversial penalty, which was converted by Bruno Fernandes for all three points.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows his players will need to perform considerably better against Spurs than they did against the Seagulls, but the Norwegian has also been banging the drum about a need for new players.

Interest in Jadon Sancho continues to fuel speculation, whilst the latest reports suggest Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is a potential target before the closure of the transfer window on Monday.

United were also said to be once keen on now-Spurs duo Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon, with the Spaniard expected to start on Sunday whilst club-legend Bale is out until after the international break.

A blow for Mourinho is the expected absence of Heung-Min Son – the forward is a major doubt for the weekend due to a thigh strain.

Giovani Lo Celso is also likely to miss out for Tottenham with muscle tightness.

For Manchester United, the usual suspects remain out with Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones both definitely sidelined, but concerns have been raised over the fitness of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes.

The key duo picked up slight knocks in the Carabao Cup midweek and will be assessed ahead of the game.

United fans are also keen to see if Dean Henderson will get the nod over David De Gea, with the young goalkeeper chomping at the bit to prove himself at the club.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur is on Sunday 3rd October.

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