Man Utd boss admits player is looking forward to playing against Harry Kane

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has labelled Harry Kane as one of the top strikers in world football but admitted that his international team-mate Harry Maguire was looking forward to locking horns with him tomorrow afternoon.

Kane has started the season in excellent form, with six goals and six assists in seven matches in all competitions so far this campaign (

While only one of those efforts have come in the Premier League, he has bagged five assists in three matches, which is perhaps indicative of the slightly deeper role that the striker is playing this season.

Kane was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier in the summer (Daily Mail) but the speculation unsurprisingly did not amount to anything much.

The England captain, who has been nominated for the September Player of the Month award, would be expected to shoulder the majority of Tottenham’s attacking burden on Sunday, with Son Heung-min a doubt for the match.

While Solksjaer admitted that it is going to be a challenge to keep the 27-year-old quiet, he insisted it was one Maguire was looking forward to.

When asked about facing Kane, the Man Utd boss told in his pre-match press conference (as quoted by the club’s official website): “I think every coach, when you play against a team with the quality that they have, but also Harry Kane, you prepare really well.

“Harry’s one of the top strikers in the world and you’re just happy that he’s back fit after the injury he had last year.

“We’ll do our best to keep him quiet. We have a Harry [Maguire] back there that is looking forward to playing against his international mate.”

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