Wide action photo from United v Tottenham in October 2017

Monday briefing: Latest United news

Your Monday Briefing provides a concise and informative round-up of Manchester United news from the weekend, keeping you up to date…

Meeting no.190
Yep that's right, tonight's match will be the 190th between United and Spurs. We're well in the ascendancy when it comes to results, having won 89 and lost 51, while there have been 49 draws. Hopefully that bodes well for this latest clash. By the way, we just need one more goal to reach 300 in all competitions against the North Londoners.

Reds could return
Jose Mourinho could turn to Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez when he picks his starting XI after revealing to reporters on Friday that all three have been back in training. Alexis picked up a knock before the Brighton game, while Valencia and Matic are yet to feature this term after sustaining injuries during the summer. New signing Diogo Dalot has also been working with the squad, as he edges closer to his United debut.

“Fans are fantastic”
Jose Mourinho made a point of praising the club's supporters in his pre-match press conference on Friday, hailing the United faithful's backing in the opening two matches of the season as “fantastic”. The boss declared: “I'm really happy when the supporters support the team. Against Leicester, you could see it as a normal situation, because the team was playing well and was winning, but for them to be supportive of the team against Brighton, where we didn't play well and we lost the match, it gives you a fantastic feeling. I hope the players also feel it and the players are ready to give them [the fans] everything they have.”

United Women watched by a record crowd
A competition attendance record was broken when 4,835 fans watched United Women play their historic first home game as a professional team on Saturday, in the Continental Tyres League Cup. However, the big day at Leigh Sports Village ended in disappointment as Reading ran out 2-0 winners. Casey Stoney's side did themselves proud in an entertaining affair which was decided by second-half goals from Brooke Chaplen and Gemma Davison for the Royals, who had Molly Bartrip sent off after two fouls on the Reds' Kirsty Hanson.

Rivals watch
Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea all claimed victories over the weekend, although all three were made to work hard for them by Brighton, West Ham and Newcastle respectively. Manchester City, however, were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Molineux. Watford remain in the top three after maintaining maximum points with a battling 2-1 victory at home to Crystal Palace.

Strong Friday showing for the Academy
United's Academy teams were in action on Friday with both the U23s and U18s having matches. The U18s sealed an impressive 5-1 win over Stoke City at The Cliff, and leapfrogged neighbours City to reach the summit of the Premier League Under-18 North, thanks to goals from Charlie McCann (2), Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Mark Helm. The U23s, meanwhile, picked up an away point by drawing 1-1 at Southampton, courtesy of DJ Buffonge's penalty, to maintain an unbeaten start to the campaign.

Mixed results for loanees
Tim Fosu-Mensah impressed during Fulham's highly-entertaining and impressive 4-2 win over Burnley at Craven Cottage, as the Dutchman completed the full 90 minutes. Axel Tuanzebe did likewise in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with Reading, who netted an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot. Dean Henderson kept a clean sheet as Sheffield United won 3-0 at Bolton, Matt Willock played 64 minutes of St Mirren's home defeat to Livingston and James Wilson was an unused substitute in Aberdeen's 1-1 draw at Hibs. 
Tim Fosu-Mensah in action for his loan club Fulham
Fosu-Mensah wins a header for Fulham against Burnley's Charlie Taylor.
Closer to home, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was an unused sub in Scunthorpe's 2-2 draw with Barnsley, Kieran O'Hara helped Macclesfield to a 1-1 draw at home to Mansfield and, over in Portugal, fellow stopper Joel Pereira couldn't prevent nine-man Vitoria Setubal from losing 2-1 at home to Nacional in Primeira Liga.

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