Tottenham Hotspur play Manchester United this Sunday afternoon in a huge battle for the top four. Spurs lie sixth, three points behind fourth-placed West Ham United. Man United have all but secured a Champions League spot with eight games left to play.
The two sides face each other earlier in the season. Spurs ran out 6-1 winners in a rout that saw Manchester United lose Anthony Martial to a red card.
Since then both clubs have gone in opposite directions with Spurs descending down the table, two points off fifth-placed Chelsea on the same number of matches. and Manchester United climbing to second.
Tottenham Hotspur looking to secure top four place
Mourinho’s side have scored 10 times and won the last three. They however have only won half of their 14 home Premier League games this term, with four defeats including against Chelsea Liverpool this year.
Mourinho has made references to United’s penalty count in the past but refused to comment on it this time in a press conference.
He said: “I cannot go to a football match concerned. I can’t, I don’t think it’s the right frame of mind to go to a match concerned, so I’m not going concerned and I don’t want my players to go to.
We have to go with positive feelings and go with the dimension and difficulty of the game. Coping with pressure. That’s what I want.
“I want to be positive and happy to play against such a giant club with such a good team and with the ambition to win the points.
Tottenham will not have fullbacks Matt Doherty and Ben Davies for the game. The Welshman has an ankle problem from the recent international break. Doherty’s muscle injury was from his time with Ireland.
🇵🇹José Mourinho on Man Utd’s reputation for winning penalties:
🗣"I can’t go to a match concerned. I can’t, I don’t think it’s the right frame of mind to go to a match concerned, so I’m not going concerned & I don’t want my players to go to.”#THFC #COYSpic.twitter.com/m2fdAJlRHB
— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) April 9, 2021
Manchester United have only lost twice in the league since they were routed by Spurs, their second league loss in their first three games, and Solskjaer insists they were ready at the start of the season.
“The biggest thing we’ve improved on is our fitness levels because we were way short of what they were at,” Solskjaer said. “It was our third game (in the Premier League), was it? Third game and we didn’t look anything like [we should do].
“We gave ourselves a difficult game by having 10 men. Pre-season was short and we weren’t up to the standard required, but we were so poor and I’m pretty sure we’ll see some players wanting to prove that we’re better than that.Ironically,
Manchester United will be hoping to have Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba after Ole said they will have fitness tests before Sunday.
Solskjaer said his switch was to “protect” Shaw ahead of Sunday’s game. Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are all sidelined by injury.