Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United: 4 key battles | Premier League 2018-19
Many fans across the world are eager to find out if Ole Gunnar is the real deal at Manchester United. Many feel the team is yet to meet a worthy opponent, as they have brushed aside those that have come up against them under Solskjaer.
Tottenham on the other hand, will provide the Norwegian with a sterner test. Tottenham is not expected to sit back and defend like the other teams they have met so far, as Tottenham will come out guns blazing from the first whistle.
Tottenham have had their own ups and downs this season as well. One of the highlights of their season has been the 0-3 at Old Trafford early on.
As much as Manchester United are on a high since the appointment of Ole Gunnar, Tottenham is also on a high, especially after winning 7-0 and 1-0 consecutively in their last two games.
This will surely be a game worth watching. Ole Gunnar will want to make a statement and help the board decide on hiring him on a full-time basis at the end of the season. Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham team will also want to show the world that their win earlier at Old Trafford wasn’t a fluke.
Most fans expect this game to be end to end stuff, full of excitement and goals. Whoever wins this game will be seen as a serious threat to the leaders of the league.
Here are some of the battles which will most likely decide the game.
#1 Paul Pogba vs Harry Winks
Paul Pogba has really been on a roll since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United boss. If Manchester United is to come out of this game with something, then Paul Pogba will have a huge say. He has been scoring goals and creating chances for his teammates in his new box to box role.
A player he is most likely to come up against in the game is Harry Winks. Winks has done well for himself since coming into the side after disappointing displays and injury to Erick Dier.
He’s now finally looking like the player the Tottenham faithful expected him to be. He will be the man charged with ensuring that Paul Pogba doesn’t have much influence on the game.
As the defensive midfielder, he will also want to transition the ball quickly enough so he doesn’t get his pocket picked by the French star. He will also need to be alert throughout the game in order to stop Pogba.