BBC football ‘pundit’ Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League visit to Manchester United on Saturday lunchtime.
Last time out, Lawro predicted that Tottenham would draw 1-1 with Liverpool, when in fact Mauricio Pochettino’s side demolished Jurgen Klopp’s side 4-1 at Wembley.
This time out, he has gone for another draw and believes that Tottenham will draw 1-1 at Old Trafford – personally, I would be happy with a draw. What’s more important for me is that we bounce back from Wednesday night’s debacle against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup.
He told BBC Sport Online: “I was at United’s defeat at Huddersfield last week and the worrying thing for me about it was that Mourinho’s side had no fight about them in the first half.
“It was a horrible day in the wind and rain and, to begin with, the Terriers were the only team that turned up. They got really tight on United and, apart from David de Gea in goal, no-one performed for them – they were like the invisible team.
“United were better on Tuesday in their win over Swansea in the Carabao Cup, though, and I am expecting another improvement from them this weekend.
“This is a little bit of a crossroads game for United, more than it is for Spurs. Mourinho’s side made a really good start and had 20 points from their first eight games, including their draw at Anfield – which I thought was a decent result by the way.
“But then they lost at Huddersfield and if they fall over again here then they could be eight points behind City, who go to West Brom on Saturday.
“Tottenham, who are level on points with United, have title aspirations of their own of course – and this is a big week for them as they host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“A draw at Old Trafford would be a good result for them. For any of the top six teams. if they can go away to one of their direct rivals and get a point, I think they will be happy with that.
“Lawro’s prediction: 1-1.”
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