Mark Lawrenson has said that he expects Manchester United to beat Tottenham on Saturday despite the issues that the Red Devils are facing going into the clash.
All the build-up ahead of today’s fixture has centered around the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following United’s humiliating 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool last weekend.
However, Nuno Espirito Santo is also under pressure following a tough start to life at Tottenham, with the Lilywhites sitting just one point ahead of United heading into the match.
Tottenham are coming off a London derby defeat at the hands of West Ham but Nuno’s men were boosted by 1-0 a win at Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
Lawrenson has urged Solskjaer to set the team up programmatically against Spurs instead of looking to play on the front foot.
Given Tottenham’s own struggles this season, the pundit said that he would be surprised if United come away with all three points from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Solskjaer has got to make United difficult to beat. Forget any flamboyant football for now. They just need to start being more solid.
“With the players United have got, they are a counter-attacking team. They need to start playing like one, and soak up the pressure and play on the break.
“Don’t give me the spiel that just pouring forward is ‘the United way’ because the game has changed completely from those days. They need to build from back to front and give themselves a proper foundation.
“This is a tricky game to approach if you are a manager under pressure like Solskjaer is, but Tottenham are still quite scatty themselves so would not surprise me if United went there and won. Prediction: 1-2.”
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It is hard to predict what pattern this game will follow as neither Spurs nor United seem to have a clear style of play this season. I believe we might have the edge since we are at home and Nuno has seemingly settled on his best eleven over the past few weeks.
However, the United players will want to make a statement following their 5-0 loss to Liverpool last week and with the quality they have up front, they are capable of scoring goals out of nothing.
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