Man United coach Mike Phelan gives insight to approach for Tottenham clash

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur take on Manchester United in their next Premier League fixture, after facing off against Chelsea in a League Cup semi final leg on Tuesday.

This will be both Tottenham’s biggest Prem match in a good while, as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first real test as United manager.

Solskjaer was named as the Red Devils’ interim manager after the sacking on Jose Mourinho late last year.

The former United striker has since gone on to win his first five games in charge of his beloved team, with Spurs enjoying similar scintillating form.

The last time the sides met, Spurs gave United a 3-0 hiding at Old Trafford, but this upcoming fixture is likely to be far more competitive.

United coach Mike Phelan has given an insight into the approach for Ole and his side in the lead up to the Spurs game, implying that they may need to improve their defensive capabilities for the tie.

Phelan told Stadium Astro (as reported by Manchester Evening News): “We’re in a rich vein of form now. What we have asked them to do, the players have done.

“There are lots of areas of the game we can improve on. That’s the beauty of it now. We can actually analyse the games that we have played and sometimes we have been fantastic going forward and a little bit sloppy defending.

“But the players now know both sides of the coin so we can work on that now and that will be our intention leading up to the Tottenham game because that will be a different test.

“But it’s Wembley – I’m sure Manchester United players love Wembley. I think it’s going to be a great football match and, obviously, Manchester United have to turn up and do what we’re doing, and do more and I think we can do that.”

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