Within the soccer world, Manchester United is set to face off against Tottenham this weekend in attempt to redeem themselves in the Premier League after a shameful loss against Huddersfield. Many issues came to light after that game, with Mourinho publicly expressing his frustration with his players for not showing quite enough passion.
However, after this past Tuesday, matters have changed once again, and this game against the London club would be the perfect one to make a statement. Manchester City may be one step ahead, yet the expectation is that Paul Pogba will return soon from his ongoing injury.
Tottenham has not been themselves since their recent victory over Liverpool, as the club was eliminated from the Carabao Cup, wasting a 2-0 lead in the process. As the attention moves to the Premier League, the situation at hand is sure to get interesting, as two of the best strikers in the country will face one another.
Romelu Lukaku is scheduled to lead Manchester United’s line, as Dele Alli will have the difficult job of filling Harry Kane’s shoes, as Kane is doubtful to play on Saturday.
Lukaku started the Premier League campaign in perfect form, and currently has seven goals in his account, with two assists as well. The Belgian has shown some issues in recent games, which is likely due to an injury he did not have enough time to recover from. His recent performances haven’t been as great as usual, but this is expected with the amount of games he has played in.
It was the former Reds’ player Gary Neville who had a few words to say to Lukaku, and they weren’t pleasing by any means. However, against Swansea in the Carabao Cup, Lukaku was rested, and was given the proper amount of time to adjust his mindset.
Regarding Alli, Pochettino has previously noted that it will be difficult for Kane to return in time for Saturday’s battle. With this being the case, Alli may take the stage this time around, after displaying a fine performance against Liverpool, an opponent Manchester United could not defeat just a few weeks ago.
Alli currently stands at three goals and one assist within the Premier League, which is a statistic worth noting. Although his temper has been an issue in the past, Alli still remains as an asset that Tottenham can’t afford to lose.
A key battle that may emerge on Saturday is Alli vs Ander Herrera. While Herrera is struggling to find last season’s form, this may be a game in which he breaks out of his shell.
Within the pass range, number of tackles won, and the chances created, there seems to be a lack of balance within the play of Manchester United. By shaping his play to correlate with the likes of Paul Pogba, this club can improve vastly. Herrea may be tasked with marking Alli, solely in attempt to take shut him out of the upcoming match.
Another match-up to look out for on Saturday will be Antonio Valencia vs Serge Aurier.
The performance of Valencia hasn’t been as outstanding as we would expect. He has raised the bar indeed, but being deemed as “world class” will force the veteran to attempt to live up to his reputation.
On the other hand, Aurier has had a fine start to life in the Premier League, and has been recently playing out of position, which could pin him to face Valencia at times. Due to the absences Tottenham has undergone, his versatility is key, as he could potentially be worked within midfield.