Saturday, June 23, 2018

Manchester United clash a major title test for Tottenham

Tottenham's talented England duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane could again be key against Manchester United on Sunday

Tottenham’s talented England duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane could again be key against Manchester United on Sunday

Tottenham face a home clash with Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

This clash is a real test of Spurs’ Premier League title credentials, as the side from north London have struggled in this fixture in the Premier League era.

Tottenham could start this game ten points behind league leaders Leicester, with the Foxes facing a trip to relegation-threatened Sunderland in the early kick-off. Its brown trousers time for those at the top and bottom of the Premier League table.

A chance for Tottenham youngsters to earn their Spurs

Tottenham have been outstanding this season and one of the leagues surprise packages. Mauricio Pochettino has built a very impressive team unit at White Hart Lane. For all their quality Tottenham look like they may be running out of steam heading into the final stretch of the campaign.

Pochettino’s team have recorded two wins from their last seven games in all competitions, so their recent form really has not been great. Tottenham’s young team needs to now prove that they are ready to challenge for the Premier League title, which was completely unexpected this season.

Part of that of process is winning games against the likes of United in adversity. This clash could tell us a lot about this Spurs team.

Pochettino’s team are still relatively young and did well to come back from a goal down against Liverpool last time out to get a draw, but the draw did leave the side from north London trailing Leicester by seven points.

Out of the title race already

Some critics will say that Tottenham are already out of the title race, seven points behind Leicester in the table. Even if the Foxes slip-up at Sunderland in that early Sunday kick-off, a win in this clash would be vital to keep the Premier League title race alive.

Leicester have been simply fantastic this season and they look unlikely to slip-up enough times for Spurs to catch them this season. The Foxes have been grinding out results for the past month, but they keep on winning games.

Tottenham have been playing catch-up for a while on the Foxes, as have most of the teams behind the surprise league leaders. A Leicester win and Tottenham failing to beat United would probably be the final nail in the coffin of Spurs title bid.

A terrible Premier League record against United

Tottenham have a terrible record against Manchester United in the Premier League, with just five wins from 47 games against the Red Devils, with just three of those wins coming at White Hart Lane in the top-flight.

Spurs are actually favourites to better their record against United at odds of 19/20 in tomorrow’s game. The pressure will be on the side from north London to record a home win.

Tottenham have the talent and the mental strength to win against United on Sunday and they have already shown their immense quality this season.

The likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been two of the top performers in the top-flight and both are expected to be heading to France with England for Euro 2016. The pair will be key again if they are going to break down a very resolute United defence and claim maximum points.

Whatever happens for the rest of the campaign, Tottenham have to be applauded for their campaign. The side from north London were regarded as outsiders for a top four spot this season and they are all-but certain of finishing in the Champions League spots.

However a win against United would just keep their dream of winning the Premier League title alive for another week and not many would have predict this situation at the beginning of the campaign.

Can Tottenham keep their title hopes alive with a win against Manchester United?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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