Chance for Spurs to shine


Lucas Moura (left) and Harry Kane will be out trouble Man United tomorrow. - AP

TOTTENHAM have a great opportunity to put their topsy-turvy form aside and show exactly what they are really capable of when they take on Manchester United tomorrow.

If they can muster a win over the Red Devils, who are second in the Premier League standings, Tottenham will receive a timely boost ahead of the League Cup final in a fortnight’s time, where Manchester City await.

Jose Mourinho’s squad will be seeking their first piece of silverware of any kind since 2008 when they won the same trophy at the expense of bitter London rivals Chelsea.

For tomorrow’s coming together, Spurs will have enjoyed more time to prepare, given that Man United beat Spanish side Granada 2-0 in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

If things were not so unsettled at Tottenham, it might have been a given that they would put Man United to the task tomorrow.

Mourinho’s charges though, have been anything but.

In the last round of the Europa League, they secured a two-goal advantage over Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg, but then somehow let it slip as they went down 3-0 away from home.

That is how poor Tottenham have been on occasion. They certainly can play football and good football at that, and they have the players to do it.

Indeed, in England captain Harry Kane, they have one of the Premier League’s leading strikers. But his electrifying partnership with Son Heung-Min that lit up the league and briefly took them to the top of the table earlier in the season, has gone off the boil.

Still, Kane remains a deadly threat to all and sundry. His double in their disappointing draw with Newcastle last weekend, in which they led twice, took his tally to 18 in the league this season – the top mark. So too are his 13 assists, the best in the land.

Eleven points ahead of Spurs and four in front of third-placed Leicester, Man United will be going all out to consolidate their position as the best side behind Man City – the champions elect, who are 14 points clear but have played a game more than the rest of the top six.

Marcus Rashford has been in good nick up front recently and a telling contribution from him tomorrow can make all the difference for the visitors.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was beaming with delight after Rashford and Bruno Fernandes led them to a 2-0 win over Granada on Thursday night.

More of the same should be enough to get them past a Spurs outfit that will wilt if put under pressure.

Tottenham though will be keen to prove their critics wrong and what better way to do it than against a side that has given them much heartache over the years.

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