BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Manchester United tomorrow.
Jose Mourinho takes his Spurs side back to his former employers on the back of an emphatic 7-2 win against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday evening.
United are unbeaten in their last three Premier League meetings with Spurs (W2 D1), having lost four of their previous six against them in the competition before tomorrow’s encounter (W2).
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no new injury concerns with Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones still sidelined but will be able to call upon Harry Maguire after the defender missed the Carabao Cup win against Brighton in midweek due to a minor knock (Man Utd official).
Lawrenson believes that it will be a case of Mourinho leaving Old Trafford empty handed in what he predicts will be a close game.
Spurs have only managed to win one of their opening three top flight matches this season after being robbed of a second following the much talked about handball incident against Newcastle last weekend.
He told the BBC: “It’s not just United’s back four which is a problem – it is the protection, or lack of it, in front of them that really astonished me against Brighton.
“Brighton were allowed to play in and around United’s 18-yard box, which I could not understand. Solskjaer has got to find a better balance in his midfield because, yes, they were great going forward – but they look like they are going to concede goals too.
“Spurs created plenty of chances against Newcastle last weekend, but could not beat Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow. I am going with United because of their attacking power, but it is going to be very close.
“Lawro’s prediction: 2-1.”
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