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3 Things Manchester United must avoid in the game against Tottenham

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Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

"You are my Solskjaer, My Ole Solskjaer, you make me happy, when skies are grey".

Manchester United have found their collective voice under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. They have even resurrected his chant and repeated it in their four consecutive PL victories under the Norwegian interim manager.

True to the wordings of the chant United fans adapted for him, Solksjaer has raised the spirits of the Old Trafford faithful after the grey skies of Jose Mourinho's ill-fated spell. There is a buzz around United now and the man at the helm has been responsible for it.

This weekend presents the sternest test of the Solksjaer led United revolution. Tottenham, the team that trounced the Red Devils 3-0 at Old Trafford, are the next side in front of Solksjaer's United.

Having overcome Cardiff, Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Newcastle relatively comfortably, the Old Trafford faithful are hoping that Solksjaer will make them happy once again and inflict revenge on their North London opponents.

However, defeating Tottenham is no mean feat. Here, we consider three very important things Manchester United must avoid to ensure a positive result at Wembley:

#1 A slow start

Everton v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final
Everton v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final

Manchester United have got off to an electric start in three of the four Premier League games that Solkjaer has been in charge. They scored in the first five minutes against Cardiff and Bournemouth and just before the half-hour mark against Huddersfield.

At St James' park, the Red Devils returned to their normal slow and sluggish way of starting games under Mourinho. It took them a little more than an hour to break the deadlock against the Magpies. They eventually wrapped up the game with a second goal by Marcus Rashford.


This weekend, Manchester United must endeavor to fly out of the blocks against Tottenham. They cannot afford to hand the advantage over to this lethal Tottenham side.

Tottenham Hotspur under Pochettino generally start games with great intensity and goals tend to follow. They have scored more goals in the first 15 minutes of games than any other Premier League side except Manchester City.

Spurs goal tally after 30 minutes of games in the PL this season is also behind only Manchester City. However, after the first half of games, they boast a superior goal difference to every other side in the league having scored 26 first-half goals and conceded only five.

It is therefore very important for United to start the game as they mean to end it. Tottenham have arguably the most lethal front man in the division. United cannot afford to get off to a slo

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