The clock is ticking for Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who reportedly has three matches to save his job after coming under fire for last week’s embarrassing 5-0 home loss to rival Liverpool. But it won’t get any easier away on Matchday 10 away to Tottenham Hotspur which is one point ahead in the Premier League standings.
Manchester United is winless in four Premier League matches (0-3-1) and the Red Devils are looking to avoid losing three straight league games for the first time since 2015. Their defensive play has been questionable (one clean sheet in 13 matches in all competitions this season) and their attack has lacked cohesive movements, relying instead on moment of individual brilliance from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Ronaldo hasn’t scored in four straight Premier League matches and the last time he didn’t score for five straight league matches was way back in the 2008-09 season. Tottenham’s star striker Harry Kane is similarly in a league funk with one goal and one assist in eight Premier League matches and those came in the same match. With the third worst scoring record in the league (nine goals scored), it’s no surprise that Spurs have lost four of nine league matches so far.
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There’s plenty on the line in this 7th vs. 8th matchup. The winner will get back into the race for fourth place, which grants a direct berth to the lucrative UEFA Champions League. The loser will see its already faint Premier League title hopes fade away further. In the case of Solskjaer, defeat would begin to seal what has appeared to be inevitable fate.
Sporting News will be following the match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Tottenham vs. Manchester United live score
(All times Eastern)
25th min.: On the other end it’s again Bruno Fernandes crossing for Edinson Cavani who’s header spins just high and wide of the top left corner.
24th min.: The Tottenham free kick goes off the Man U wall, but then the ball is floated back into the Man U box and Son skies it from close range. Dangerous.
22nd min.: Another yellow against Man United. Harry Maguire gets a yellow for bringing down Giovanni Lo Celso just outside the box, but it was Raphael Varane who committed the foul.
21st min.: Tottenham fans want a penalty for an alleged hand ball by Wan-Bissaka, but replays showed there was no infraction. Nothing comes of the corner.
20th min.: Luke Shaw loses the ball and then brings down Lucas Moura who was ready to break. Yellow for Shaw.
13th min.: The other wingback Luke Shaw on the left attacking side with a dangerous cross and it leads to a chaotic sequence in the Tottenham box.
9th min.: Aaron Wan-Bissaka is involved in the attack down the right for Man U. His pass into the box found Cavani for a shot that was blocked. The wingbacks are going to be important.
8th min.: First Man United attack. Bruno Fernandes cross from the right and Edinson Cavani with the glancing header that goes wide.
6th min.: Spurs’ Son with the first shot of the match and it’s deflected by Fred for a corner. Nothing comes of it.
4th min.: Man United with a few giveaways in its own end, but Tottenham hasn’t made them pay.
1st min.: We’re off.
12:28 p.m.: Ronaldo loves scoring against Tottenham:
📊 Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals against Tottenham than against any other English club (10 in 18 apps) – he has scored in each of his last 5 games v Spurs for Man Utd & Real Madrid
Edinson Cavani makes his 1st away PL start since he scored at Tottenham on April 11 pic.twitter.com/tw8uLVEpO5
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) October 30, 2021
12:27 p.m.: Teams are lined up on the field for pregame ceremonies.
12:12 p.m.: Bring on the pressure, says Solskjaer.
12:08 p.m.: The 3-5-2 formation being adopted by Man United is one of the stories of the game.
As if Solskjaer has just said that Conte plays three at the back so that’s why he’s trying it today
— Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) October 30, 2021
11:08 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the madness begins:
Tottenham vs. Manchester United lineups
Tottenham’s Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) is out and so is Bryan Gil, who suffered a hamstring injury in League Cup play. Dele Alli is back and available off the bench, though Harry Winks is not in the squad selected by Nuno Espirito Santo.
Tottenham starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Hugo Lloris-GK — 33-Ben Davies, 15-Eric Dier, 4-Cristian Romero, 12-Emerson Royal — 5-Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, 29-Oliver Skipp, 18-Giovani Lo Celso — 27-Lucas Moura, 10-Harry Kane, 7-Son Heung-min
Tottenham subs (9): 22-Pierluigi Gollini-GK, 6-Davinson Sanchez, 3-Sergio Reguilon, 25-Japhet Tanganga, 2-Matt Doherty, 14-Joe Rodon, 20-Dele Alli, 28-Tanguy Ndombele, 23-Steven Bergwijn
It looks like a new-look formation for Solskjaer, who will look to shore up the defense by fielding three center backs and pairing up veterans Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo at forward.
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Although United will be without Paul Pogba, who is suspended for three matches after his red card against Liverpool, Raphael Varane is back in the lineup. Anthony Martial was back training this week, but he did not make the matchday squad.
Manchester United starting lineup (3-5-2, left to right): 1-David de Gea-GK — 5-Harry Maguire (c), 19-Raphael Varane, 2-Victor Lindelof — 23-Luke Shaw, 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka — 21-Edinson Cavani, 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United subs (9): 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 3-Eric Bailly, 20-Diogo Dalot, 34-Donny van de Beek, 31-Nemanja Matic, 14-Jesse Lingard, 11-Mason Greenwood, 10-Marcus Rashford, 25-Jadon Sancho
How to watch Tottenham vs. Manchester United
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 30
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: NBC
- Spanish-language TV: Universo
- Streaming: fuboTV , Peacock
The match will air live in English and Spanish in the USA. NBC (English) and Universo (Spanish) will air the game, and both channels are available to stream on fuboTV.
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