Manchester United are determined to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League. With one point adrift of noisy neighbors, fourth-placed Manchester City and with seven matches left to play, this is possible.
Tottenham, in second spot, are desperate to cut Leicester City’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League – that could be as big as 10 points when Spurs’ clash with the Reds gets under way.
Louis van Gaal’s men are in good spirits for Sunday’s trip after chalking up important 1-0 wins against Manchester City and Everton, results which mean the Red Devils have now kept 15 Premier League clean sheets this season – more than any other club.
Ander Herrera feels that United’s performances against Premier League’s other top teams can give the players confidence in the quest for a positive result at Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.
United are aiming to keep up the pressure on City with victory at White Hart Lane and, as the boss, Louis van Gaal, insisted in his Friday pre-match press conference, that will require a collective effort.
The boss said: ”Harry Kane is, of course, a very good striker, but he hasn’t scored against us,” van Gaal pointed out. “When I say that then I am challenging him also, so it is not so smart.
“Yes, Kane is important. But we defend also against the attack of Tottenham Hotspur because we have analysed them and [Christian] Eriksen and Dele Alli are also important.
“Maybe I can start with [goalkeeper Hugo] Lloris, who does very quick set-plays, or [Toby] Alderweireld, who has a very good pass. It is the whole team that you have to solve, not just Harry Kane.”
Whatever the boss had to say in his Friday pre-match press conference, United must win Spurs to edge out City for the fourth placement on the Premier League table.
Up Man U!