Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has shared his prediction ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League clash against Manchester United later today.
Postecoglou takes charge of his Spurs side for the very first time today in top flight action against United in what is likely to be a tough first home fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Australian and the home supporters will be looking to see more of his attacking style of football after there were some positive signs during last weekend’s draw at the Gtech Community Stadium that the players are starting to adhere to his methods.
Merson believes that it will be another case of Spurs still seeing their first win of the campaign and will have to settle for their second draw in successive fixtures.
Spurs have conceded at least twice in 21 of their 39 Premier League games since the start of last season, second only to Nottingham Forest, who have done so on 22 occasions.
Fans will be hoping that the central defensive partnership of Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven can help to tighten up what has been a leaky defence and can feel somewhat harshly done to have conceded a penalty in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Brentford last time out.
Paul Merson predicts Spurs v Man Utd result
He told SportsKeeda: “If Manchester United play like they did last week, they won’t win. But that’s the thing about United; they are often not at their best and still manage to win. They’ll be a lot more solid this weekend against Spurs than they were against Wolves.
“I know Mason Mount drew a lot of criticism after the game against Wolves. But then again, which Manchester United player did well in that game? I think it’s too early to pass judgment on him. He’s a really good player when the game opens up and Ten Hag should have waited a bit before taking him off against Wolves.
“I think Spurs are going to be an interesting team to watch this season. I like the manager and they’ll finally be playing the ‘Tottenham’ way. They have a good set of players but replacing Harry Kane’s goals is going to be a massive task for them. We’re talking about replacing 30-odd goals in a season.
“If they can draw out goals from their other attackers, it might just work out for them. But it’s a huge ask for the likes of Son and Richarlison.
“That being said, they are likely to do well against United as the Red Devils look like they’re a fair bit away from settling down or hitting their stride.
“Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Manchester United.”
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