There is plenty to look forward to when Manchester United host Tottenham in Monday Night Football this evening.
The mouth watering clash sees Sir Alex Ferguson’s men looking to kick off their Old Trafford season with a win and Spurs competing in their first league game of the season.
Harry Redknapp’s men were supposed to be in action last weekend against Everton, but it was postponed due to the riots in the surrounding area.
This means Tottenham are yet to play a Premier League game, while the majority of teams have played twice.
They did hammer Hearts 5-0 in the Europa League in midweek though, so they will feel confident heading to Manchester.
As for the home side, they secured victory on the road against West Brom last weekend and will hope to get three more points in front of their home fans tonight.
Early indications are that their biggest rivals for the Premier League title this year will be Manchester City, so they will want to replicate their blue neighbours with two wins from two games.
They do have some injury problems though. Ferguson’s first choice central defensive pairing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are both injured, meaning that Jonny Evans and Phil Jones will start at centre back.
Ahead of David De Gea – who had a mixed debut last week – this is a very inexperienced back line and Tottenham will be keen to exploit this.
As for Spurs, they will be without Luka Modric, Alan Hutton, Ledley King and William Gallas while Peter Crouch faces a late fitness test.
Both teams still have enough attacking talent for this to be a fascinating encounter though. These are two of the best footballing sides in the country and both managers will approach the game in a postive way.
United will of course be favourites, but Tottenham were in good form in midweek and will go into this one searching for their first victory at Old Trafford for 22 years.
Kick-off is at 8pm this evening.