Jose Mourinho has made an immediate impact at Spurs – three games played, three games won and 10 goals scored.
Goals are still being conceded at the other end – two in each of those three matches – but even so, now looks a good time to be going to Old Trafford.
The gloom is proving hard to shift on the west side of the city with Sunday’s 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa showed many problems remain to be solved by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or, indeed, someone else. The Red Devils have now won just two of their last nine league games – at home to Brighton and away to Norwich.
The emergence of some vibrant young talent bodes well for the long term but in the here and now, the hosts look set to be troubled by a visiting side whose attack is firing.
Heung-min Son and Dele Alli appear close to their best again while even in his quieter games, Harry Kane remains a serious goal threat.
Spurs’ front four – Lucas Moura likely to be the other member of the quartet – look set to cause a shaky United defence a lot of problems and there’s no doubt Mourinho will want to go in for the kill against the club who sacked him a year ago.
Backing Spurs (-1) on the Asian handicap looks interesting. They are 7/2 here and it’s money back if they only win by one.
The worry here is Spurs’ recent tendency to let opponents back into games – think West Ham and Bournemouth on Saturday – but that also points to another bet, namely both teams to score.
It’s only one for the big-hitters really but 8/13 about something that has happened in nine of United’s 14 league games this season and 11 of Tottenham’s looks fair enough.
Both teams to score – 8/13 with bet365
Spurs (-1) on the Asian handicap – 7/2 with 888sport