Exhale. After four extraneous early-season matches, Tottenham Hotspur gets a break from the Europa League and Carabao Cup. Spurs should feel about their prospects in both competitions, but the focus must now turn back to the Premier League, where they have taken just four points from their first three matches.
Sunday brings about an important fixture, as Tottenham travels to Old Trafford. Manchester United handed Jose Mourinho his first loss last season, as a skillful Dele Alli goal was not enough in a 2-1 defeat. The two sides did not meet again until the beginning of the restart, with Steven Bergwijn scoring in the first half before a late penalty resulted in a 1-1 draw.
United has split its only two Premier League matches this season, losing to Crystal Palace at home before beating Brighton on the road last weekend (and again on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup). The Red Devils look to be one of Tottenham’s main competitors for a top four spot, so even early in the year this match can be meaningful.
After beating Chelsea this week for the first time in three attempts, Mourinho will have the opportunity to do the same to his other former English employer this weekend. Even if they are without Heung-Min Son and Gareth Bale, Spurs should feel optimistic heading into the international break. A win here would cap off an overall successful September, even with last weekend’s dubious penalty call.
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