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The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the meeting between Jose Mourinho's side and his former club - PA

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host the meeting between Jose Mourinho’s side and his former club – PA

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho welcomes his former employer Manchester United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and is in need of three points to maintain their push for a top-four finish.

United are aiming to cement their position in second place, behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

When is it?

Sunday April 11, 2021, so today

What time is kick-off?

Referee Chris Kavanagh will get the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under way at 4.30pm (BST), while assistants Adam Nunn and Sian Massey-Ellis will run the lines. Andre Marriner is the fourth official, while Craig Pawson will be in Stockley Park on video assistant referee duty, sat with his deputy for the day Harry Lennard.

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be broadcast in all of its technicolour glory by Sky Sports, with their programmes on their Main Event and Premier League channels starting at 4pm. Alternatively, if you do not subscribe to Sky Sports you can follow all the the action right heregratis — in our live minute-by-minute rolling blog.

Simply bookmark this page and return on Sunday afternoon for all the build-up, team news and, of course, live commentary followed by post-match analysis from our team at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

What is the team news?

Son Heung-min is widely expected to return to Spurs’ starting XI, while Harry Kane should lead the attack in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Full-backs Ben Davies and Matt Doherty remain sidelined through injury, while it is unknown if Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier will return to action after sitting out last weekend’s draw with Newcastle United having missed their Covid-19 tests following the international break.

What are they saying?

Spurs are sixth in the league and host second-placed Manchester United on Sunday with many starting to doubt if Jose Mourinho is the right man for the job, writes Jason Burt.

It has not helped moral that Mourinho is unafraid to publicly criticise his players, individually and collectively, as he showed with his “same coach, different players” jibe after last Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

However, internal squad problems have been brewing for a while. Spurs captain Hugo Lloris gave a damning assessment of the state of the dressing room in the wake of their embarrassing Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb, suggesting out-of-favour players were causing a “big problem” and that there was a lack of the togetherness that was prevalent during Mauricio Pochettino’s spell.

Putting aside his father’s connections with Leeds and Manchester City, there is an argument that Manchester United is a more fitting destination for Erling Haaland, writes Thom Gibbs. A move to City requires something of a surrender of your own identity, like the old New York Yankees rule forbidding players from having facial hair. At United there is a history of fostering and elevating big characters.

Roy Keane, Eric Cantona, and Ibrahimovic have all thrived on the other side of town. What’s more, United need Haaland. He has prodigous talent expressed with a vicious streak which United have lacked since Wayne Rooney was at his best.

What are the odds?

What’s our prediction?

Despite recent travails, one would imagine that Jose Mourinho will have spent the last week plotting the downfall of his replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who, arguably, has the better set of players at his disposal. A dogged performance from Spurs against a frustrated United beckons with this fixture having a draw writ large all over it. Predicted result: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester United 1.