The Special One returns to the Theater of Dreams on Wednesday, and the narrative potential is rich.
José Mourinho will manage against Manchester United for the first time since he was sacked last December, leading Tottenham Hotspur into Old Trafford in pursuit of their fourth consecutive win. The Mourinho leading Spurs is striking a decidedly different tone than the one who burned all his bridges on his way out of Manchester, telling reporters he has been "humbled" by his time away from the game.
Whether or not the 56-year-old truly has turned over a new leaf remains to be seen, but he has Tottenham just six points back of fourth place with attackers Dele Alli and Son Heuing-Min looking invigorated during his time in the dugout.
Mourinho's successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is facing intense pressure. Though he has the public support of boss Ed Woodward, United enters Wednesday's match in 10th place in the English Premier League and eight points back of UEFA Champions League qualification. The Red Devils are in danger of failing to qualify for Europe's premier club competition in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the competition re-organized in 1992.
Tottenham have allowed two goals in each match under Mourinho, so Spurs are vulnerable at the back and United will have to take advantage in order to remain a top-four contender.
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Here's how to watch Wednesday's Manchester Untied-Tottenham Hotspur live online and on TV.
When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live Stream: NBC Sports
Second-place Manchester City (23-15-3; 48 points) are, barring a historic collapse from Premier League-leading Liverpool, going to end a season outside of first place for the first time since 2017.
The Sky Blues fell 16 points behind the Reds thanks to Sunday's 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace, but a nine-point advantage of fourth-place Chelsea means City are in no real danger of falling out of a UEFA Champions League place. Manager Pep Guardiola won't wave the white flag, however, telling reporters this week that his side's league form is vital to their hopes of winning the Carabao and FA Cups, as well as the Champions League.
Sheffield United (8-9-6; 33 points), meanwhile, are within range of the European places in their first season in the Premier League. The Blades have acquitted themselves well against the league's best, but a result against Manchester City arguably would be Sheffield United's most impressive of the season. They lost 2-0 to City during the festive period, but the Blades surely will be better at Bramall Lane.
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Here's how to watch Tuesday's Sheffield United-Manchester City match exclusively streaming on NBC Sports Gold.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT
Stream: NBC Sports Gold
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Tuesday's match at Stamford Bridge will help us answer the Premier League's most pressing question: Does anyone actually want to finish in fourth place?
Chelsea currently hold England's last UEFA Champions League spot, leading Tuesday opponents -- and London rivals -- Arsenal by a whopping 10 points. Yet, the Blues' grip on fourth place is tenuous at best, as they have not won consecutive league games since November 9. Tuesday begins a four-match stretch in which Chelsea play Arsenal, third-place Leicester City, fifth-place Manchester United and eighth-place Tottenham Hotspur. It has the potential to be the Blues' season-defining stretch.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are still struggling for form under new manager Mikel Arteta. They're unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches, but the Gunners drew Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in their last two. Qualifying for the Champions League could be too tall of a task, but Arsenal absolutely need to win away from home Tuesday if they're to have any hope of pulling it off.
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Here's how to watch Tuesday's Chelsea-Arsenal match live online and on NBCSN.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. ET
Online: NBC Sports