Tottenham keen to end White Hart Lane stay with a win over Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur will host a Premier League side at White Hart Lane for the last time on Sunday evening when they welcome Manchester United to London.
As the Lilywhites will be playing their home games at Wembley Stadium next season, Mauricio Pochettino and co. will look to give the Lane a fitting farewell by defeating the most successful English club.
Despite the match holding high emotional significance and seeing two English heavyweights locking horns with each other, the outcome of the game will not have any effect on how the league table will look after matchday 38. Tottenham have all but cemented second place while Jose Mourinho seems happy finishing sixth.
Mourinho’s undermining the significance of the next three league games, however, is comprehensible as winning the UEFA Europa League finals against Ajax Amsterdam proves a simpler route to UEFA Champions League next season.
However, the Portuguese manager is known for spoiling parties (see: Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal), so United may not end up jobbing to Tottenham as they did in West Ham United’s final game at Boleyn Ground.
Danny Rose has resumed training, but Ben Davies will likely start ahead of him as the former seemingly lacks match fitness. Harry Winks and Erik Lamela may have already played their last games of the season as they have not recuperated from their respective ankle and hip injuries.
United recently revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young would all miss the remainder of the season. Marouane Fellaini will serve the last of his three-match suspension while Eric Bailly will feature as his ban applies only to continental fixtures.
- Tottenham’s only win in their last 15 home Premier League games against United came in last season’s 3-0 victory (D6 L8).
- Jose Mourinho has failed to win on his last four Premier League visits to White Hart Lane (D2 L2) and has not won a league game there since August 2005, when his Chelsea side defeated Tottenham 2-0.
- Tottenham could go unbeaten at home for the first time in a league season since 1964/65 (W16 D2 L0 this season).
- Tottenham have won their last 13 home league matches – one short of their club record run of 14 between January and October 1987.
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Harry Kane has established himself firmly as Tottenham’s talisman, as he has been becoming better since his breakthrough season. He now sits second in the division’s top goal-scorers’ chart, only behind Romelu Lukaku, who has played eight games more. Though his chances of usurping the Everton striker to the Golden Boot is slim, one can never rule him out, with his underlining his knack for hat-tricks earlier this season.
United have managed to keep things tight at the back, so the Englishman will need be at his impeccable best to claim the award.
The reverse fixture at Old Trafford ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts, with summer signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring his first league goal for his n