Why you should watch Tottenham vs. Manchester United this Sunday

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Ethan Cadeaux
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Why you should watch Tottenham vs. Manchester United this Sunday originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Sunday's in the fall usually belong to the NFL, but this week's Premier League slate should make man fans wake up a little earlier for a different kind of 'football.'

Tottenham and Manchester United take the pitch at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday in a pivotal early-season Premier League clash. Both teams sit towards the middle of the table. Three points could go a long way for each club. 

Manchester United have split their first two matches this Premier League season, falling 3-1 to Crystal Palace before edging Brighton 3-2 last weekend. However, the Red Devils are coming off a dominating 3-nil victory over Brighton in the Round of 16 in the EFL Cup.

Tottenham are 1-1-1 through three Premier League matches, currently sitting in eighth place in the table. A questionable VAR ruling perhaps took two points from Spurs this past week, too, in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle. 

However, it's not all bad for Spurs, as they enter Sunday's match on a two-game winning streak after defeating Chelsea on penalty kicks in the EFL Cup on Tuesday before knocking off Maccabi Haifa 4-2 Thursday in a Europa League Playoff.

Spurs will likely be without one of their best forwards, however, as Heung-Min Son is expected to be sidelined for Tottenham. Captain Harry Kane has been incredible for thus far, notching three goals and five assists in seven total competitions this season.

Man U vs. Tottenham will always provide intrigue, as long as Jose Mourinho is the boss of the London side. Prior to his arrival with Spurs, Mourinho managed the Red Devils for three seasons prior and, of course, led Chelsea to two Premier League titles in 2004 and 2015. 

His tenure in Manchester was not one United fans look back at fondly, although they did win a double -- the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League -- his first year as manager.

Current Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under a bit of fire, as his team has yet to truly click this season outside of striker Bruno Fernandes. The manager's frustration has been evident recently, as the team is reportedly laying low as the transfer window is nearing a close.

On the other side, Spurs are nearing a signing of Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius on a one-year loan, according to Portuguese reporter Goncalo Lopes. The fee is reporedly $50 million, with an option-to-buy after the season.

There are several storylines to watch in Sunday's Manchester United-Tottenham clash. So, wake up a little earlier and enjoy a full-slate of sports this Sunday, starting with two of England's best.