The Barclays Premier League is set for a fun weekend. Arsenal plays Chelsea, which will get plenty of attention, even in the NFL-loving States. However, another intriguing matchup will take place at Old Trafford as Manchester United will take down Tottenham Hotspur yet again.
The Spurs will have plenty of motivation to break the horrid slide that they find themselves on against United. But it won't happen this weekend for the following reasons.
Wayne Rooney is Healthy and Fit
Rooney suffered a nasty thigh injury that gushed so much blood, Rob Zombie still faints at the sight of it. Now, a month later, Rooney looks ready to contribute again.
He returned to the pitch against Newcastle United with just under 15 minutes left in the match. Apparently, that was enough to demonstrate to head man Sir Alex Ferguson that he is ready to handle his normal load this weekend.
Which Means Robin Van Persie has a New Running Mate
The Reds envisioned an attack that Hannibal would be proud of when they inked Van Persie. Pairing him with Rooney is a headache-inducing mess for defenses and will require the backs to stay vigilant with their marks.
In five games, Van Persie has notched just as many goals. He should find more open lanes for strikes with defenders being preoccupied with Rooney.
This weekend and throughout the season, this duo promises to be entertaining for United fans and terrifying for everyone else.
Old Trafford Has Not Been Kind to the Spurs
History is not a physical player. He will not mark anyone, make any saves or blow any whistles.
However, history will certainly have an effect.
Tottenham has not come away from a league match at Old Trafford on the winning end in 23 years. They have not even mustered a point in seven.
The players will answer questions about the topic all week and the crowd will be sure to remind them at every opportunity. Between these historical distractions and the debut of a dynamic front, Hotspur will again be head home worse for the wear.