So, next up is a trip to Old Trafford following the international break. The draw against Sp*rs was certainly a disappointing result, and we find ourselves two points behind leaders Liverpool.
It’s obviously not a bad position to be in at this point of the season, but it has become crucial for us to get three points on November 19.
United under Mourinho haven’t looked convincing this season and have managed only one win in their last five games. Historically, we have always struggled against United and Mourinho, so, we will be against a lot of odds on the day.
However, based on form and squad, we are the better team at the moment, and if we want to lay down a marker for our title challenge, then we would need to win such games.
There are a few things going in our favour ahead of the game. Firstly, we have the best away record in the league. Secondly, United will also be without some of their key players in the game, and that could help us a lot during the game.
Let’s take a look at three players United will miss on November 19.
1) Eric Bailly
The Ivorian suffered a ligament injury during United’s embarrassing defeat to Chelsea, and he is not expected back before mid-December.
Bailly’s absence has certainly created some problems for Mourinho. The likes of Daley Blind and Marcus Rojo have looked susceptible this season while Phil Jones only made his first performance of the season against the Swans.
Chris Smalling was United’s best defender last season, but it appears that all is not well between Mourinho and him.
The England international was questioned over his commitment by Mourinho ahead of the Swansea game after he pulled out of the squad with an injury.
2) Antonio Valencia
The make-shift right-back will also miss the game with an injury. Valencia had been decent for United this season before he suffered a broken arm. The 31-year-old has recently undergone surgery on his arm and is expected to be out for several weeks.
In his absence, either of Matteo Darmian or Ashley Young is expected to feature in the right-back spot.
3) Zlatan Ibrahimovic
I think the most crucial miss for United would be their Swedish striker. Ibrahimovic collected his fifth yellow card of the season against Swansea and is now suspended for the game against us.
The 35-year-old finished his dry spell in front of the goal with a brace in the 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday.
A lot has been said about his poor form, but I think that he is a kind of player who can change the game on his own. I also believe that our defence is better equipped in dealing with pacey forwards like Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford than the physical presence of Ibrahimovic.