Manchester United vs Tottenham, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream
Manchester United vs Tottenham is a huge clash on Saturday at Old Trafford (watch live, 12:30pm ET on Peacock Premium) as both teams are desperate for a win to boost their top four hopes.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has some big problems to sort out as United were all over the place defensively in their 4-1 hammering at Manchester City in the Manchester derby. The likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are low on form, and confidence, and speculation continues to grow around Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury status. All is not well at Old Trafford as there is uncertainty over who the next permanent manager will be and what the long-term plan is. United sit two points above Tottenham heading into this game but they have played two games more and both are chasing Arsenal who currently occupy fourth.
As for Tottenham, well, they are surging. Antonio Conte’s side have won three of their last four and after his incredible outburst following their shock defeat at Burnley, his side look more focused and ruthless. Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski are developing a great partnership in attack. Kane scored twice in the 5-0 win against Everton last time out and if those three are on their game, Tottenham look pretty unstoppable right now. There are still issues to sort out defensively but Conte has Tottenham moving in the right direction and if they win at Manchester United, that gives their top four hopes a huge boost. Spurs did lose 2-0 at home against United earlier this season, but Nuno Espirito Santo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were both in charge of their respective teams on that occasion and were both fired soon after. A lot has changed at United and Tottenham since then...
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Manchester United vs Tottenham live analysis! - By Joe Prince-Wright
FULL TIME: Manchester United 3-2 Tottenham - Cristiano Ronaldo delivered, big time, as United secured a huge win in their top four hopes. United struggled through that one and Ronaldo was the difference against Spurs.
GOALLLL! Cristiano Ronaldo heads home and Old Trafford goes wild. He smashes home a header from a corner to seal his hat trick.
SAVE! Cristiano Ronaldo smashes towards goal but Lloris saves smartly.
GOALLL! Harry Maguire scores an own goal as he deflects Sergio Reguilon’s cross into his own net. 2-2.
SAVE! Hugo Lloris saves a Ronaldo shot from a tight angle. A rare break from United.
CLOSE! Lovely fluid move from Tottenham as Kane finds Kulusevski and he plays it into Son but he sweeps his shot just wide. Spurs dominating possession and starting to find gaps in the Manchester United defense.
Tottenham have plenty of the ball but aren’t doing much with it. Antonio Conte is looking very strained (to put it mildly) on the sidelines.
Second half is underway. Some hefty challenges coming in from the Tottenham players.
HALF TIME: Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham - Ronaldo scored twice, Harry Kane scored a penalty and Tottenham looked dangerous but United lead. What a second half coming up.
GOALLL! Straightaway Cristiano Ronaldo slots home to restore United’s lead, as Jadon Sancho brilliantly ran through and played the ball into his path. Ronaldo has 806 goals in his career (a FIFA record) and 22 for club and country this season. What a machine.
GOALLL! Harry Kane slams home the penalty kick. 1-1. What a start to this game.
PENALTY to Tottenham! Dejan Kulusevski’s cross is blocked by Alex Telles, who had his arm outstretched. Huge opportunity for Spurs.
CHANCES! Eric Dier has a header cleared off the line by Diogo Dalot and Tottenham are creating plenty of opportunities. Manchester United content to sit back and defend their lead. Very risky tactic.
The game has calmed down a little now, but Tottenham continue to look dangerous on the break. Manchester United have plenty of the ball and with a 1-0 lead, they can afford to slow things down a little.
Tottenham thought they were level as Ben Davies smashes home at the near post. However, he was offside. Antonio Conte celebrates but then pulls out of it in a very cool manner once he realized it was offside.
GOALLLL! Oh my. Wow. What a hit. Cristiano Ronaldo smashes home a beauty from distance to make it 1-0. Manchester United’s fans go wild. ‘Siuuuuuuuuuu’ is heard loudly as Ronaldo completes his iconic celebration. What a goal, the 805th of his career.
A slow, tentative start at Old Trafford as Spurs look a threat on the break. Ronaldo wanted a penalty for a handball on Eric Dier, but that wasn’t a pen. Dier’s arm in a natural position.
Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup
Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo both missed the Manchester derby through injury but they are available. Raphael Varane is available but Luke Shaw is still out after a positive COVID-19 test recently. Scott McTominay is also a major doubt.
Tottenham team news, injuries, lineup
Japhet Tanganga is a doubt as he continues to work back from his knee injury. Ryan Sessegnon is out as he came off at half time of the win against Everton, so Sergio Reguilon is likely to start at left wing-back. Oliver Skipp remains out with a groin injury.