Three reasons why Tottenham can beat Man United on Saturday
Shona Duthie examines three reasons why Tottenham should be confident ahead of their trip to Old Trafford
United’s defence is unreliable
Although Manchester United did manage to keep 10 clean sheets last season, Sunderland and West Brom managed to notch a higher tally than the Red Devils. Many have criticised United’s defence and in pre-season it was once again brought into question. Chris Smalling came out as a surprise player last season with impressive defensive performances. However, with Luke Shaw being injured for most of last season and Phil Jones being closely scrutinised, United’s defence can become unreliable. Manager Louis van Gaal was playing a 4-2-3-1 formation during pre-season but has said he will adopt a 4-3-3 for the game on Saturday and will most likely use this for the remainder of the season. United will have to answer their defence critics and time will tell if Van Gaal gives Daley Blind a chance to play at centre-half for this season’s campaign. With Harry Kane as the man they will have to mark, the centre-backs will need to make sure he does not have space to score in box. The question mark also remains as to who will start in goals on Saturday as it has been reported that Van Gaal may give Sergio Romero a chance to shine. Van Gaal has been reported as concerned that De Gea will lack the focus required for the lunchtime kick off. It has been suggested that De Gea wants to sign for the Spanish giants Real Madrid. With this in the back of their minds, Tottenham can easily capitalise and take all three points.
Harry Kane had an impressive 2014-15 season in the Premier League, scoring 24 goals, netting twice in the north London derby against Arsenal to win 2-1 and getting a call-up for England. The 21-year-old has lived up to expectations and can easily deliver on Saturday against Manchester United. Not only is he Tottenham’s star man, but he has gained the attention of other Premier League clubs. In the summer transfer window there have been many rumours that he could leave White Hart Lane and join another Premier League team, with United being reported as interested in the player. Kane is Spurs’ hitman and defenders know that if he is given any time in the box he is more than likely to score. Not only does Kane have a great shot to goal ratio, he also creates chances for his team-mates. United’s defence will need to be on top form to stop this man from scoring in the opening day of the Premier League.
It has been reported that Hugo Lloris is set to play against United on Saturday after returning from a wrist injury. Having their number goalkeeper back is a fantastic boost for Tottenham as he is proven to be one of the best stopper’s in the Premier League. Last season, Lloris kept nine clean sheets and he was recently linked with a transfer to United, if number one David De Gea were to leave Old Trafford for Real Madrid. Lloris is an excellent shot-stopper and can easily keep United from scoring on Saturday. The Frenchman is commanding of his defence and Spurs are more at ease when the 28-year-old is in goal. Spurs have a huge test on Saturday against United, but with Lloris coming on as a substitute for Spurs’ pre-season friendly against AC Milan, it has gave them a huge hope that he will be fit for Saturday’s clash. During the match, Lloris showed no discomfort when catching and punching crosses. He could be the deciding factor and help Spurs seal victory over Van Gaal’s men.