Why you can't afford to miss Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United in Shanghai

Premier League powerhouses Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will go head to head at the 2019 International Champions Cup, meeting at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai, China, on July 25. And it’s a fixture with a rich and storied history.

Tottenham are the reigning ICC champions, having claimed last year’s title with wins over Italian sides AS Roma and AC Milan sandwiched between a penalty-shootout loss to LaLiga champions FC Barcelona.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs will be determined to defend their crown in style this summer, and their meeting with United is the second step along the way, after opening their campaign against Juventus in Singapore on July 21 and before ending by hosting Inter at their brand new, state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 4.

United return for their sixth ICC tournament, after taking on Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool last year.

While this will be the first time Spurs and United have met at the International Champions Cup, the two sides, who count themselves among the biggest and most successful clubs in English soccer, have met a whopping 191 times previously.

The first encounter between the pair dates all the way back to January of 1899, with an FA Cup tie ending in a 1-1 before Tottenham won a thrilling replay 5-3.

The FA Cup, soccer’s oldest knockout tournament, is a competition both clubs have a proud history in. United have lifted the famous cup 12 times and Spurs eight. Only Arsenal, with 13 wins, can better either.

Indeed, United and Spurs met in the semi-final of the FA Cup just last season, with the Red Devils triumphing 2-1 at Wembley Stadium before going on to lose the final to Chelsea, whose victory equalled Tottenham’s eight triumphs.

Between them, Spurs and United have been crowned champions of England 22 times, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side account for a record 20 of those titles, with Tottenham’s last top-flight title obtained back in 1961.

Spurs and United share a tradition for free-flowing, entertaining, attacking football, and some of the finest players ever to ply their trade in the English game have worn either the white of Tottenham or United red, from Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Jimmy Greaves for the former, to George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham for the latter.

Down the years, several Premier League stars have turned out for both Tottenham and United during their careers, with Teddy Sheringham, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick relatively recent examples.

And the current crop of talent on show at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Old Trafford ranks among the best Europe has to offer. Spurs can count on the creative skills of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and England captain Harry Kane, while United boast such gifted stars as World Cup winner Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and goalkeeper David de Gea.

The most recent meeting between these two giants of the English game came on January 13 this year at Wembley Stadium, where Tottenham resided temporarily while their new stadium was being constructed.

Just weeks after his appointment, this was seen as the first thought test of Solskjær’s United reign, and the Red Devils edged out a tense, tactical battle 1-0 thanks to a stunning counter-attacking goal crafted by Pogba and finished by Rashford.

Back in August, however, it was a very different story at Old Trafford. A rampant and relentless Spurs ran out 3-0 victors via goals from Kane and Lucas Moura (2).

And the ICC meeting between these two elite powers of European soccer at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai, China, on July 25 promises to provide no less drama and excitement.

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