It wouldn’t be too hyperbolic to claim that Monday’s clash at Old Trafford could be the final time Jose Mourinho takes charge at Manchester United.
The Portuguese is currently favourite in the infamous Sack Race market following Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Brighton where the Red Devils manager looked aghast at the way his team defended against the Seagulls.
The performance level hadn’t been much better for the 2-1 victory against Leicester and it appears that Mourinho might simply be waiting to be given the axe after failing to create a team capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
Poor Start Sees Odds for a United Loss Lengthen
There aren’t many occasions where Manchester United can be backed at 13/8 to win a match at Old Trafford, although BetVictor are prepared to chalk up those odds based on what has been witnessed thus far.
The Red Devils might have finished second in the Premier League last term, although several stats indicated that they were fortunate to finish ahead of the chasing pack, with some outstanding performances from David de Gea helping them achieve the lofty spot.
While Tottenham have not strengthened their squad this summer, they look to be in much better shape ahead of this televised clash, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side having overcome Newcastle and Fulham so far this season.
Spurs Playing Solid Football
Spurs played some excellent football against the Cottagers and it was noticeable how they became more effective when switching to a four-man defence and allowing Dele Alli to rove further forward alongside Harry Kane.
At first glance, the 9/5 with Ladbrokes about a victory for the visitors looks a fairly chunky price although there’s always a big element of risk betting against United on home soil.
The Red Devils were 15-2-2 in front of their own fans, with Manchester City and West Brom the only teams to land the spoils. Indeed, Tottenham were full of confidence when this fixture was played at the end of October although it was a late Anthony Martial goal that proved decisive in the end.
William Hill trade 12/5 about the draw and this could be a major player if the game is similarly cagey to its predecessor, with Mourinho conscious of the dangers posed by Alli, Kane and Christian Eriksen.
Moura to Make a Difference?
Lucas Moura has also started to emerge as a more significant team player and the former PSG forward is 12/1 with Betway to score the first goal as he did against the Cottagers last weekend at Wembley.
That man Kane has finally broken his August duck and the England forward is a 4/1 chance to net first which might make appeal to betting customers when you consider that Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof looked like a weak central defensive partnership at the AMEX Stadium.
It does appear that all is not well within the United camp at the moment and it’s noticeable to see a rift between Mourinho and Paul Pogba, despite praise for the latter coming from the former.
If Tottenham do manage to get the first goal, it’s plausible that more will follow and a United team capable of shipping three times against Brighton can certainly be penetrated repeatedly by classier opponents.
With this in mind, a 3-0 win in favour of Tottenham might seem a touch absurd although 35/1 with BetVictor means that you can have a small stakes bet on something which could go closer than first suggested.