The official fixture list for the 2015-16 Premier League season was released on Wednesday, and the fans' attention immediately turned toward the opening fixture against United.
Here's a look at Spurs full fixture list for the 2015-16 Premier League season (note: "All kick-off times are 3 p.m., unless stated":
|Tottenham 2015-16 Premier League Fixtures|
|Aug. 8.||Manchester United||Away|
|Aug. 15.||Stoke City||Home|
|Aug. 22.||Leicester City||Away|
|Sept. 19.||Crystal Palace||Home|
|Sept. 26.||Manchester City||Home|
|Oct. 3.||Swansea City||Away|
|Oct. 31.||Aston Villa||Home|
|Nov. 21.||West Ham United||Home|
|Dec. 5.||West Bromwich Albion||Away|
|Dec. 12.||Newcastle United||Home|
|Dec. 26.||Norwich City||Home|
|Jan. 13. (8 p.m.)||Leicester City||Home|
|Jan. 23.||Crystal Palace||Away|
|Feb. 2. (7:45 p.m.)||Norwich City||Away|
|Feb. 13.||Manchester City||Away|
|Feb. 27.||Swansea City||Home|
|Mar. 1. (7:45 p.m.)||West Ham United||Away|
|Mar. 12.||Aston Villa||Away|
|Apr. 9.||Manchester United||Home|
|Apr. 16.||Stoke City||Away|
|Apr. 23.||West Bromwich Albion||Home|
|May 15.||Newcastle United||Away|
Once again, Tottenham will attempt to take the leap from perennial Europa League squad to viable contenders for a top-four finish in 2015-16. Mauricio Pochettino's young side showed plenty of talent last season, highlighted by the emergence of star striker Harry Kane.
The England international exploded onto the scene, scoring 21 goals in 34 appearances. According to Goal's Scott Loney, such production has resulted in some serious interest from Manchester United, and keeping the 21-year-old at White Hart Lane will be one of the biggest keys to success during the summer:
The same goes for star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who is also being linked with the Red Devils and recently commented on his future in an interview with the Sun's Charlie Wyett. If the Mancunians are forced to sell David De Gea, the France international could be eyed as a replacement, and he said nothing to indicate he wouldn't be open to a move:
“For the moment there is a goalkeeper at United and we are watchful of his situation. You have to keep a certain calm with all this. If things should happen then they’ll happen naturally.”
If Spurs can keep Lloris at White Hart Lane, their squad for the coming season certainly looks intriguing. The combination of Kane and Christian Eriksen provided plenty of attacking highlights, and with Belgium international Jan Vertonghen leading the back four, there is a lot of quality in the defensive department as well.
Consistency has been the team's biggest issue in the past few years, but if some of the younger players in the squad can continue their development, Spurs could very well be a much improved club next season. According to French reports (h/t Daily Telegraph's Jason Burt) AS Monaco's Anthony Martial could be the next talented youngster to join the fray:
If the likes of Erik Lamela and Paulinho can finally live up to their potential, Tottenham could be in the mix for a top-four finish and Champions League ticket in 2015-16. Much will depend on the club's transfer strategy during the summer, however, and keeping both Lloris and Kane at the club will be pivotal.