Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Spurs must improve their record against the Top 6 in order to become genuine title contenders.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have made a perfect start to the new Premier League season, recording back to back wins against Newcastle United and Fulham. Manchester City, Watford and Chelsea all managed to pick up their third consecutive sets of three points over the weekend, which means Spur’s must now overcome Manchester United tonight to keep pace at the top.
Under the Argentine’s stewardship, Tottenham have become a fixture in the top 4, however, they have so far been unable to win a major trophy or indeed really push hard enough for the Premier League title. Despite having a talented squad with a strong spine consisting of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, the Lily Whites have failed to regularly beat their fierce rivals in the top 6, which has ultimately cost them in the race to the top.
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According to former Manchester United defender Neville, that is a trend Spurs must change in order to start picking up trophies, as he told Sky Sports: “We’ve praised this Tottenham team so much over the past few years. We’ve seen it too many times away from home against the big teams and you start from going from a position of thinking they’ll get there, to thinking this is a pattern of what they are.
“You have to go the extra yard and they’ve been really disappointing in the big games over the past couple of years, especially at Old Trafford, not showing that inner belief and confidence. They have to start delivering in the big games a lot more.”
They may never have a better opportunity to pick up 3 points at Old Trafford than tonight, as they face off against a United side seemingly devoid of any confidence and lacking a cutting edge in front of goal.
Jose Mourinho’s men are always tough to beat at home, but if Spurs want to finally be taken seriously as a team capable of winning the Premier League then a victory tonight would represent a huge statement of intent.
Supporters will hope that their team can inflict back to back defeats on the Red Devils following their shock loss against Brighton last weekend and in doing strike a huge early blow to one of their main rivals at the top of the table.