Tottenham v United: Your guide to the game
After beginning our pre-season tour with games in Australia and Singapore, Manchester United's fourth friendly match sees us take on Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai.
As we count down to the game, here’s the key information you need to know…
Tickets can be purchased by visiting manutd.com/tour.
WILL IT BE SHOWN ON MUTV?
The friendly match will kick off at 12:30 BST (19:30 local time) on Thursday 25 July and, like each and every one of United’s pre-season games, it will be shown live on MUTV.
HAVE WE PLAYED IN SHANGHAI BEFORE?
The Reds have played in Shanghai on three previous occasions, the last of which saw us suffer a disappointing 4-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the ICC in 2016. Four years earlier, we also faced Shanghai Shenhua ahead of the 2012/13 season and won 1-0 courtesy of Shinji Kagawa’s strike. Our first visit to the Chinese city came in 1999, when goals from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham ensured the Reds beat Shenhua 2-0.
United have played at the Shanghai Stadium during our three previous trips to Shanghai, yet on this occasion United will play at the Hongkou Stadium - home to local side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. The 33,000-capacity arena was originally built in 1955 and at the time was China’s first ever football-specific arena. However, since then it has been redeveloped, and the modern Hongkou Stadium was opened again in 1999.
WHAT IS THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP?
The ICC is an international pre-season tournament which pits some of the best teams in the world together, in some of the globe’s most impressive stadiums. The competition’s format has altered over the years but in 2019, 12 teams will compete in the event, with each playing three matches in multiple venues throughout the world. This year, the tournament is staged across Europe, Asia and the United States of America and will ultimately see one side finish top of the 12-team group. It is also worth nothing that all games in the ICC which end in a draw are decided by a penalty shootout, with teams awarded two points for a win on penalties and one point for a shootout defeat.
WHO ELSE IS PLAYING?
United and Spurs will be joined in the tournament by Premier League rivals Arsenal this year, while there are four Serie A representatives - the most of any league - in the form of Inter Milan, Juventus, AC Milan and Roma. Joining the English and Italian sides in the event are Bayern Munich, Benfica, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, while Mexican outfit Guadalajara are the only non-European club in the competition.
WHAT'S OUR RECORD IN THE ICC LIKE?
This is the sixth time we have competed in the tournament, the first of which came in 2014. On that occasion, the Reds were crowned the winners, beating Liverpool in the final after overcoming Inter Milan, Roma and Real Madrid in the group stage. The following year, United finished third out of 10 teams competing in the North America and Europe section, while in 2016, our game against rivals Manchester City had to be cancelled due to extreme weather. Last summer, the Reds won two out of three games, beating AC Milan on penalties and then Real Madrid 2-1, but lost to rivals Liverpool.
HOW DID TOTTENHAM GET ON LAST SEASON?
Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League in 2017/18 after picking up 71 points throughout the season. It’s the fourth year in a row that the north London club have finished in the top four and, of course, means they will play in the Champions League next season. Tottenham will be hoping to go one better in Europe’s elite competition in the upcoming term after they made it to the final last season, where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the Madrid showpiece. In the League Cup, Spurs also faced disappointment when they were eliminated in the semi-final stage against Chelsea, while in the FA Cup they lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the fourth round.
United fans will need no introduction to Mauricio Pochettino, a man we’ve faced 14 times since he arrived in English football in January 2013. The Argentinian's first taste of the Premier League came with Southampton, and after a season and a half with the club, he joined Spurs in 2014. A four-time Premier League Manager of the Month award winner, Pochettino has helped establish Tottenham as one of the top sides in the country in recent years.
WHAT'S OUR RECORD AGAINST TOTTENHAM?
Along with the Reds, Tottenham are one of just six ever-presents in the Premier League era and are therefore one of our more familiar foes. Since the league’s inception in 1992, we’ve played Spurs 54 times in the Premier League and have won 34, drawn 11 and lost just nine of those previous meetings. Overall, we’ve locked horns with Tottenham on 191 occasions in all competitions and have beaten the Londoners 90 times, drawn 49 and lost 52 of those encounters. In the club’s last meeting in January 2019, Marcus Rashford scored the only goal as the Reds prevailed 1-0 at Wembley.
A CLASSIC ENCOUNTER
United had to come from two goals behind to overcome Tottenham in April 2009. Darren Bent and Luka Modric had put the visitors 2-0 ahead inside 32 minutes at Old Trafford, a scoreline the Reds still trailed by 10 minutes into the second half. However, braces from Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney soon changed that, before former Spurs man Dimitar Berbatov grabbed a late fifth for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men in a thrilling contest.
WHO IS THEIR STAR MAN?
In recent seasons, Harry Kane has established himself as one of the world’s most consistent goalscorers. A ruthless finisher who is capable of scoring all types of goals, the 25-year-old has already racked up 125 Premier League strikes. He has also shown his leadership skills and was selected as England captain by manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
WHO ELSE ARE WE PLAYING IN PRE-SEASON?
Our pre-season tour starts with a friendly against Perth Glory on 13 July at the Optus Stadium, Perth. Four days later we meet our old foes Leeds United at the same ground, before we play our first ICC match in Singapore against Inter on 20 July. Next up it’s Spurs and five days after that we head to Norway to take on Kristiansund. To finish our pre-season tour - and our ICC campaign - we have a trip to Cardiff on 3 August, where we’ll play AC Milan.
For more details and ticket information for all of the games, visit manutd.com/tour.
All six of Manchester United’s pre-season games will be available to watch live on MUTV, including the clashes with Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
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