Last seen back in March when picking up a rampant 5-0 win against LASK while on European duties, the Red Devils found themselves in the midst of a glittering purple patch prior to the break and sit just three points adrift of breaking into the top-four.
On the flip side, blown away by German outfit RB Leipzig last time out, the enforced break couldn’t have come quick enough for former United boss Jose Mourinho.
Still in a real uphill battle to secure another European finish this season, the Lilywhites had previously lost five of their last six appearances across all competitions and they also hold what is a worrying record against Friday’s guests.
Hit with back-to-back 2-1 defeat against the former champions, Spurs have lost each of their last three straight meetings against United and a similar outcome can be found priced at 7/5 with 888Sport.
The return of Harry Kane
Handed a 4-0 aggregate hammering and crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of RB Leipzig prior to the break, an injury-hit Tottenham were continuing to show plenty of cause for concern.
However, while former United boss Jose Mourinho may have seen his side show some glaring issues at the back since taking over in November, the Special One will be glad to see attacking talisman Harry Kane make his own return on Friday night.
Not seen since having surgery on a hamstring injury he picked up on New Year’s Day, the England skipper featured in a behind closed doors friendly against Norwich last week and will lead the line in North London.
You might be interested to know that Tottenham’s MVP can be found priced at 7/5 with Betfair to mark his return with a strike.
While Mourinho might be glad to see a string of his first-team stars make their return on Friday, Spurs will be unable to call upon England international Dele Alli who will serve a one-match suspension due to an off-field incident.
The Bruno Fernandes show
Breezing past LASK while on Europa League duties back in March, Manchester United will be simply looking to carry on from where they left off prior to the enforced break.
Suddenly back in the top-four chase and opening the Premier League’s return sat just three points adrift of Chelsea and that lucrative fourth-spot, the mood in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s camp should be at a continued high.
Also shocking many with what was a stunning 2-0 win in the Manchester derby, the Red Devils had previously been in the midst of a glittering 11-match unbeaten run across all formats.
With two Premier League goals in his last three top-flight outings, the Old Trafford faithful have been quick to point out the immediate impact that Bruno Fernandes has had since securing a January switch from Sporting Lisbon.
With many around Manchester excited to see Fernandes link up with Paul Pogba in the middle of the park, United’s latest icon can be found priced at 21/10 with Paddy Power to extend on his tally this week.
Elsewhere, Friday’s guests will also be thrilled to hear the news that Marcus Rashford has recovered from a back injury and is expected to be handed a start in North London.