The end of a 25-game unbeaten run is always disappointing for a team, but beleaguered by injuries and fixture congestion, United want to finish the season strongly, starting at White Hart Lane on Sunday
Defeat to Arsenal was the first time Jose Mourinho has lost to fellow manager Arsene Wenger, but had more than a touch of luck about it.
Granit Xhaka’s heavily deflected shot turned the game and allowed the Gunners to gain a foothold, and ultimately a 2-0 win.
Spurs will present a tougher opponent than Arsenal, and while their dreams of a league title have been extinguished, they will still be keen to grab maximum points from their final game at White Hart Lane this season.
Spurs are unbeaten at home this season and will prove tough for United to breakdown.
But taking last weekend’s loss to Arsenal aside, you have to go all the way back to the end of October to find United’s previous away defeat at Chelsea.
With one of the best defences in the league this season, United are well-equipped to deal with Tottenham’s goal threat, but must be wary of a Spurs team that have scored 47 goals in their last 20 home fixtures.
In four of the last six encounters at White Hart Lane, honours have been shared between the two teams.
In April last year, Spurs won this fixture 3-0, but in more recent history United beat Tottenham 1-0 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.
In the Premier League era, United have the upper hand, with 12 wins to Tottenham’s 4 at White Hart Lane. Overall, United have won 32 of 49 meetings between the sides.
The stats point to a Spurs win (59% probability), but there’s also a good chance that both teams won’t score (54% probability).
The most likely scoreline is a 1-0 Spurs win (13%) with under three goals scored overall (53% probability).
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