‘Can be flaky’ – Mark Lawrenson shares his Man Utd v Spurs score prediction

Mark Lawrenson
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League fixture against Manchester United tomorrow evening.

Last time out, Lawrenson correctly predicted that Tottenham would beat Everton.  However, the pundit tipped Antonio Conte’s side to win by a 2-0 scoreline, when instead it ended up as a 5-0 thrashing in north London (BBC).

Tottenham now travel to Old Trafford looking to close the gap in the race for a top four finish with United currently two points ahead in fifth place and having played two more games than tomorrow’s opponents.

Lawrenson was hesitant to confidently back Spurs, but insisted the threat of Harry Kane and Heung-min could prove to be too much for United to deal with if they are given the right service.

He told the BBC: “Manchester United were decent in the first half at Etihad Stadium on Sunday because they carried a threat but what we saw from them after that was basically a capitulation.

“It was back to their own pattern of one good half and one bad half and that second half was arguably their worst of the season.

“United just cannot shake that inconsistency off and that tells me loads about the mentality of their players. They were not just outplayed by Manchester City after the break, they lost any competitive edge that they had.

This Tottenham team are not exactly renowned for performing every week either, so I am a little bit wary of backing them to go to Old Trafford and win.

“We know Spurs can be flaky but the form that Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are in at the moment makes me think they will cause United all sorts of problems, if they get any sort of supply.”

Lawro’s prediction: 1-2

SpursWeb Opinion

A win at Old Trafford would be a significant boost for Tottenham and help to get rid of the inconsistent tag which they are carrying around following a number of indifferent performances over recent weeks.

United will be hurting after the 4-1 loss at Manchester City last weekend, but Spurs need to be strong, especially in midfield if they are to come away with all three points.

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