Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United in the Premier League this Sunday and it’s without a doubt the biggest game of the weekend.
While the Reds Devils have picked up their form of late after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival, and the game could be an entertaining one.
However, with home advantage, Spurs start as the favourites even though they played a game in mid-week and aren’t as fresh as their upcoming opponents.
Here are three reasons why Tottenham will beat Manchester United come Sunday.
#3 Players in form against a shaky defence
Solskjaer’s arrival has seen United win their last five games in all competitions, and that includes a four-game winning streak in the Premier League.
However, Manchester United has still looked shaky at the back, and the two centre-halves have individual errors in them waiting to happen in every game.
Christian Eriksen is more than capable of tearing that defence open with his creativity in the attacking third and with players like Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane in top form, that United defence will find it hard containing Spurs’ attack.
#2 Solskjaer’s aggressive approach will give Tottenham more openings
Yes, Manchester United have done well of late, but three of their last four league wins has come against teams in the bottom four, so it’s hardly something to get excited about.
One thing that has provided the United faithful more joy is the Norwegian’s attacking approach.
Unlike the pragmatic style under Mourinho, United have looked far more aggressive and have tried to press opponents to win the ball back higher up the pitch and minimise the overall time take to make the chance count.
Spurs, though, are a team who have nearly perfected the same in the last three years, so it will be the battled of a team who are just learning to play in a new system against one who are damn good at it.
Spurs will actually prefer United play higher up the pitch as it would allow the likes of Son and Kane more room to run into.
#1 The potential absence of Paul Pogba
It looks like Mourinho’s departure has unshackled Pogba and his recent performances justify the same.
The Frenchman has played higher up the pitch and his output has been brilliant as he has scored four times in the last there games.
Spurs are likely to go with Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko in midfield, so Pogba’s, who is struggling with a thigh issue, will be a huge miss for the Red Devils, and that could make all the difference.