I remember very well the last time that our under 23’s played Manchester United in the Premier League 2, it was back in January 2018 when Wayne Burnett’s side were bottom of the league, and needed a win with not that many games remaining that season. Spurs came from a goal behind to beat Manchester United three – one that night at Old Trafford, now almost three years later the newly promoted club will be looking to record their third league win in a row, having impressively beaten Brighton and Everton in their last two matches. Sunday’s game which takes place at Leigh Sports Village (the game starts at 5pm and is being shown live on MUTV) will be another tough game for Spurs who suffered their first defeat of the season in the last game week, against Derby County. Manchester United have a fantastic academy and they have a very good under 23 squad, with players such as Uruguayan winger and recent signing Facundo Pellistri, striker Joe Hugill, midfielder Arnau Puigmal (he has three league goals to his name this season), and right back Ethan Laird, Spurs will have to be at a very good level to overcome this Manchester United team, but then again you could say this for every game in this highly competitive division. Alfie Devine made his competitive debut (he scored our only goal of the game) for our under 23’s in that that one – two loss to Derby County, but he played for our under 18’s on Saturday, so I would imagine that it is unlikely that he will feature again. I’m really looking forward to watching our under 23’s on late Sunday afternoon, and I will of course be writing an in-depth report of the game. I would also like to wish the lads all the very best of luck for the match.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Whiteman, Lavinier, Okedina (c), Lyons-Foster, Cirkin, White, Thorpe, Markanday, Richards, Georgiou, Etete.
Subs from: Austin, Omole, Mukendi, Pochettino, Bennett.
Doubtful: Malachi Fagan-Walcott.
Previous meeting: Spurs 3-1.
My score prediction: Spurs 2-1.
My one to watch: Former Sunderland schoolboy Joe Hugill (17 year old striker), who already has three Premier League 2 goals to his name this season despite only being a first year scholar.