Five days ago we had just come off the back of a draw at the home of the European Champions and a comprehensive 4-1 victory over one of our rivals for a top four spot. Bring on Man United! Bring on anyone!
But that was then.
The news that Harry’s injury may not be as trivial as it first appeared combined with Wednesday’s surprise second half capitulation means that perhaps we’re not feeling quite so cocky now. Kane’s genius has obviously been pretty fundamental to our relative success and if he really is unfit to play then his injury could hardly have come at a worse time in terms of the fixture list but we should not forget that we have Alli, Eriksen and Son all on form and these were the players who filled in so successfully for our talisman last season on the two occasions that ankle injuries forced him out of action.
Elsewhere Dembélé appears to be back (for the moment) as does Davies which means that Poch has the luxury of choosing a side rather than attempting to manufacture one. As well as Dele and Eriksen played in deeper roles last week we can expect them both to be pushed further forward to help Son in front of a midfield of Winks & Dier with Davies, Trippier, Jan, Toby and Sanchez behind them.
After winning at Old Trafford in consecutive seasons our last three visits have have been very disappointing to say the least. A trio of defeats and no goals scored. We were comprehensively outplayed in two of those games and unlucky in the season’s opener two years ago when Kyle Walker’s o.g. settled the match.
Mourinho’s widely expected to shut up shop, as he did against us last season but given the egoist he is he’ll have been stung by the criticism he received following the recent visit to Anfield and our subsequent mauling of the Reds so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was slightly more expansive than anticipated though he’ll be well aware that this may play into our hands.
It’ll be a low scoring affair probably, if we take our chances we can be very confident of getting a result.
Jonathan Moss is the referee.
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