Manchester United will travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham on Sunday, in a game that will be crucial for both sides in their Premier League aspirations.
Tottenham have to win to keep their title chances alive while three points for Man Utd will do no harm to their prospects of playing Champions League football next season.
Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed the interim manager replacing Jose Mourinho, United have had a turnaround in form and have brushed aside every team they have played. However, their game against Tottenham represents their first real test of the Solskjaer era.
Spurs overcame Mourinho’s United 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford earlier in the season but Solskjaer insisted that his team won’t be out for revenge on Sunday.
Speaking in the post-match press conference after Man Utd overcame Reading 2-0 in the FA Cup, the 45-year-old said: “You never like to lose games but I don’t think you look at it as revenge, You never do. You’re playing against one of the top teams. Tottenham have performed fantastically this season, they’ve got a great way of playing.”
The Norwegian also insisted that the players do not need any extra motivation while going into such a big game. He added, “We’re at Wembley, we’re playing against one of the top teams, it doesn’t need motivation. It’s not about what’s happened before. It’s this game and these 90 minutes.”
“They’ve performed really well over a few years now and they’ve been towards the top of the league. There will be loads of things we need to look at both as individuals – you’ve got [Harry] Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, [Christian] Eriksen one of the best playmakers, you’ve got [Heung-Min] Son, [Dele] Alli – and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them.”
Based on their recent form, Tottenham will believe they are capable of handing United their first defeat of Solskjaer’s reign.
Before Spurs can shift their focus to that game, however, there is a small matter of the first leg of the Carabao Cup cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea to look forward tomorrow evening at Wembley.
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