Spurs are set to face Manchester United in a game that they must win if they want any hope of securing a first Premier League title.
Depending on the early Leicester City result, Tottenham could close the gap between them and the league leaders to four points. Defeat, however, could see Spurs would ten points adrift from the top – should Leicester win – and would surely put a finish to their title winning hopes.
Currently undergoing an unusual season for a side that so many expect highly of, Manchester United enter today’s tie on the back of some magnificent results.
Although the early stages of the season looked worrying for them, as of recent they have managed to victories not only over their Mancunian rivals Manchester City but also Arsenal. This will only give them confidence as they travel to White Hart Lane.
Spurs Belgium centre back Jan Vertonghen is expected to return to the squad today on the back of a knee injury however is unexpected to start. We will also see a return for Erik Lamela as the Argentinian midfielder missed out at Anfield. Clinton N’Jie, who has also been out following a knee problem, is now training with the first team and could potentially return to the squad today.
For the Red Devils – Phil Jones, Antonia Valencia and Ashley Young are expected to return from injury whilst Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw remain out. Daley Blind is also a doubt.
Clinton N’Jie is set to return from a lengthy absence
What the managers have to say
Manchester United boss Van Gaal has underlined that Tottenham have a lot of pressure on them as they season comes to an end, while his opposing boss Mauricio Pochettino has just underlined the importance of remaining focused and winning games.
In his press conference, Van Gaal said: “It is very difficult because the pressure is also for Tottenham Hotspur now”.
Mauricio Pochettino said: “It is important for us to be focussed and prepared. We can only do our job and focus on the three points”.
The final word
As of recent, lots of young talent has arose from the Manchester United squad including the real prospect that is Marcus Rashford. He has already proven himself in Europe and the league and it is critical that Spurs are alert straight from the outset.
With the pace of others including Anthony Martial, Tottenham full backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker will need to play a huge part in today’s tie as their pace and strength could prove to be vital.
The Spurs boys must make sure they aren’t distracted by the early Leciester City result and will have to have it in their heads that today’s game is a must-win.
It’s time to show our incredible resilience and prove to Leicester that we’re coming for league.
Today is a must win for Spurs.
Written by Matt Boon