Jose Mourinho watches Romelu Lukaku in action against Spurs at Old Trafford

Your essential guide to Monday's game

Thursday 23 August 2018 07:43

Manchester United conclude the first month of the new season with a testing clash against top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Monday night.

The Reds are looking to make it two wins out of two at home after kicking off the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win over Leicester City.

However, after the disappointing 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, Jose Mourinho’s men will be determined to return to winning ways, against a Spurs side who have finished in the top three in each of the last three seasons in the top flight.

Our match preview is here to get you up to speed as we head towards the third Premier League weekend of the season…

United v Tottenham: Key match details

Monday 27 Aug | 20:00 BST kick-off | Premier League | Referee: Craig Pawson | MUTV are live from 18:00 BST

The boss confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia and Alexis Sanchez have all returned to training following injury and he will decide on Sunday whether the trio will be involved on Monday. Jose also revealed that summer signing Diogo Dalot has begun training with the squad this week and is edging closer to making his first-team debut. Ander Herrera was an unused substitute at the Amex Stadium and could make his first appearance since coming off injured against Bayern Munich in pre-season.

Mauricio Pochettino told reporters in his pre-match press conference that Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (knee) and young defender Juan Foyth (thigh) are still injured, while he will also be without South Korean forward Heung-min Son as he continues to take part in the Asian Games.

How was their summer?

Spurs became the first Premier League club not to sign any players during the summer transfer window, since it was introduced in 2002.

Spurs are one of six teams who won both of their opening two league games. The Lilywhites opened with a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Newcastle United, thanks to goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli. With their new stadium still being completed, the North London club are continuing to play their home games at Wembley, where they beat newly-promoted Fulham 3-1. Leading marksman Harry Kane scored in the month of August for the first time, while Lucas Moura netted his first Premier League goal since joining the club in January and Kieran Trippier was also on target in his first appearance since starring at the World Cup for England.

Focus on: Harry Kane

The Spurs striker hopes to surpass 30 goals for the third time in four seasons, yet he's never scored at Old Trafford and only has one goal from eight games against United.

Craig Pawson will take charge of Monday’s game at Old Trafford. The FIFA whistler from Sheffield handled six United matches last season and has issued red cards in each of his first two Premier League fixtures of 2018/19. He will be assisted by Eddie Smart and Richard West, while Jon Moss – who refereed the Reds' 1-0 home win over Spurs last term – is the fourth official.

United have won the four previous Premier League games against Tottenham at Old Trafford without conceding.

There's a full fixture list in the Premier League this weekend over three days. Here's what the schedule looks like... 

Saturday 25 August
Wolves v Manchester City (12:30)
Arsenal v West Ham United
Bournemouth v Everton
Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City
Southampton v Leicester City
Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion (17:30)

Sunday 26 August
Watford v Crystal Palace (13:30)
Fulham v Burnley (16:00)
Newcastle United v Chelsea (16:00)

Monday 27 August
Manchester United
v Tottenham Hotspur (20:00)

Matches kick off at 15:00 BST unless stated.