And so Old Trafford will witness it`s first Premier League home game of the 2011/2012 season, with Tottenham Hotspur providing the opposition. Harry Redknapp`s side will be playing their first fixture in the Premier League after their season opener was postponed due to the civil unrest in North London.
The times have changed at Old Trafford, some of the old-guard have gone and Sir Alex has a new breed of hungry player to steer in the right direction.
With injuries having further depleted his squad, Sir Alex isn`t fazed about having to relay on the youngsters and in the build up to the game has commented on the subject,
“The young players have the ability and the temperament.”
“It`s not a worry at all. I`m looking forward to it.”
“The team on Monday will obviously be a very young defensive line-up. The responsibility will lie with Jones, Evans, Smalling and De Gea.”
“They don`t have the experience of Ferdinand, Vidic and Van Der Sar, but they have the potential and the courage to play.”
With Spurs renowned for giving it a go, it promises ot be an interesting an encounter.
Manchester United Team News:
Manchester United enter this fixture with a few injury concerns. Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, our first choice centre-backs, are both out. Patrice Evra, who missed the season opener, is also a doubt. Perhaps, with the defence looking a bit raw, the emphasis, as usual, will be placed on attack.Although that too is likely to be missing Javier Hernandez
We`ll go for a starting eleven of:-
De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans, Rafael, Nani, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Rooney, Berbatov
Player to watch: Phil Jones
Likely to make his first Premier League start for United, cam eon as a substitute against West Brom and looks as if he`ll be wearing the red of United for many a year to come.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News:
These are interesting times at White Hart Lane. No Champions League football this season, only Thursday nights on Channel 5, and no real in-roads into the transfer market. In fact much of the summer transfer speculation has surrounded the possibility of Harry losing one of his key player – Luka Modric, to Chelsea.
But, we should point out that Spurs have an array of talent at their disposal and can cause any teams problems. In goal, they`ll be relying on a youngster they`ve just recruited – Brad Freidel. He may need to have a good game!
Player to watch: Gareth Bale
Apart from Modric and Van Der Vaart, the only really decent player in the squad. It`ll be interesting to see if he can use his pace and speed against our young side.
Match Facts & Stats
United, this season, will be looking to replicate the superb home form of last season whereby they won 18 and drew 1 of their 19 fixtures.
United enter this fixture on the back of a 2-1 away win at The Hawthorns on the opening day of the season. As pointed out earlier, courtesy of the inner-city riots, Spurs have yet to start their Premier League season. But they can point to a decent 5-0 victory, at Tynecastle, in the Europa League in midweek.
This will be a home win for me. Spurs will huff and puff but United will gain the upper hand and register a second successive win, thereby joining our noisy-neighbours and Wolves (?) at the summit of the Premier League.
Next weekend we get the chance to inflict more misery on Arsene Wenger when, after a difficult start to the season the Frenchman brings his side to Old Trafford.