Manchester United are to be reminded of their responsibility to turn up on time for the last-ever game at White Hart Lane.

Jose Mourinho’s side are set to head to north London to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the final match at the historic venue.

And Sportsmail understands that the Premier League will reach out to Old Trafford officials after the club’s trips last season to Tottenham and to Upton Park, which was also hosting its final clash, resulted in delayed kick-offs.

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United have been reminded to turn up on time to Tottenham
United were late arriving at White Hart Lane last season, resulting in a delayed kick-off

The message will be a gentle reminder rather than a warning, given that United strongly feel that they were not to blame in both instances.

Spurs are pencilled in to face United on May 13 in a 3pm kick-off, although the clash will almost certainly be moved for television purposes.

There is also a slight chance that, subject to cup competition results, a re-arranged fixture with other opposition may bring the curtain down.

However, officials are planning for United being the last visitors.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are due to move to their new, 61,000-capacity home, which is currently being built at the side of White Hart Lane, before the start of next season and the fixture is likely to represent their final home clash of the campaign.

Proposals are already being looked at as Spurs bid to create a fitting send off for the arena, which has hosted the club since 1899.

United also turned up late to their game at West Ham - the final game at Upton Park

However, Tottenham and Premier League officials are mindful of United’s travelling issues. As a result, Mourinho and company may have to make an early arrival for what is sure to be a rousing occasion.

Last season’s clash between the pair in London had to be delayed for 30 minutes when United’s coach encountered heavy traffic.

In a bid to beat the congestion, the driver took an alternative route only to cause further delay due to a low tunnel that the vehicle could not fit under.

United eventually arrived at 3.45pm for the 4pm kick-off.

And when proceedings finally got underway at 4.30pm, then-manager Louis van Gaal’s side were promptly thumped 3-0 by a title-chasing Spurs outfit in a result which severely dented the Dutchman’s ultimately fruitless quest for a top-four spot.

The following month, at West Ham, United’s coach was bottled as hordes of Hammers fans, marking the final match at their spiritual home, blocked the route to the stadium.

The team bus sustained damage as it was hit by bottles and cans thrown by the crowd

After ugly scenes which saw some thugs hurl missiles at the vehicle and crack a window, a path was finally cleared to the venue by police.

Following United’s eventual arrival, the 7.45pm kick-off was put back 45 minutes to 8.30pm.

While White Hart Lane’s capacity is restricted to slightly more than 32,000, to allow building work to proceed at the new venue, thousands more will be expected to head to the stadium for its farewell.

Its location, in a heavily built-up area, may once again cause a logistical nightmare for the visitors.spurs ground


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