Tottenham Hotspur will return to Premier League action in just seven days time with Manchester United being the first visitors to North London, in what will be a crucial game in determining both sides’ top-four hopes.
Spurs will play two friendlies against Norwich and Reading in a space of twenty-four hours both today and Saturday as the players look to get match fit in time for the United clash (Football.London).
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side were scheduled to take on Stoke City on Tuesday before facing Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion today.
However, their game against Stoke was called off after Potters’ boss Michael O’Neill tested positive for COVID-19 (Manchester Evening News).
It has been revealed that the United squad instead split up into two teams and faced off in an eleven vs eleven training game on Wednesday.
Defender Luke Shaw has confirmed to the Red Devils’ official website that the game ended in a 4-4 draw and that he netted a brace.
He also disclosed that Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Marcus Rashford and Odion Ighalo, all got on the scoresheet.
Shaw was quoted as saying: “There have been a lot of different things circulating on social media and I’m happy to set the record straight.
“It did end 4-4 and I did score twice. Also on my team, Bruno got one and Jamo [Daniel James] got one, while, on the other team, Rashy [Marcus Rashford] got two and so did Odion [Ighalo].
“To be fair, my first goal was decent. It was from a great cross by Bruno and my volley went straight in. I was happy with it.
“My other one was just getting forward, Juan [Mata] played it to me on the edge of the box, I took a touch and shot in. It was quite an open game, as you can probably gather, with a lot of space, since it was the first game back.
“Everyone looked good and the most important thing was getting minutes in the tank. This was definitely a step forward from the games we’ve been having at the training ground.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe the result in the game between Spurs and Man Utd will depend to a large extent on how match fit the two sets of players are. While neither team will be at 100 per cent after such a long break, the team that is sharper will probably walk away with the three points.
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