Spurs went seven points behind Leicester City last weekend following their 1-1 draw against Liverpool and now have just six matches to catch Claudio Ranieri’s high-flying team.
United head to north London off the back of confidence-boosting victories over local rivals Manchester City and Everton, but Michael Owen believes Tottenham will be too strong for Louis van Gaal’s men.
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“Tottenham need three points at home to Man Utd on Sunday, and I think they will get them by a 2-1 score line,” the former United striker wrote in his latest Colossus Bets blog.
“Utd owe their fifth place in the table to a miserly defence at Old Trafford – they won the reverse fixture 1-0 in August – but they aren’t so clever on the road and I just think that Tottenham possess too many match-winners.
“They have scored 30 goals and only lost twice in 16 home games, and I think they will win this to keep the pressure on Leicester.”
Spurs have a poor record v United at home
The last three Premier League clashes between Spurs and United at White Hart Lane have ended all square - and Tottenham have not recorded a win over the Red Devils at their home ground since May 2001.
However, it could be argued that Spurs possess a stronger squad than the Premier League giants right now - not to mention a better manager.
Pochettino could impress United chiefs again
Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with the Manchester United job in recent weeks and victory on Sunday may further tempt Ed Woodward and the Glazer family to approach the impressive Argentine coach.
However, a United win and the chances of Louis van Gaal being allowed to see out the third and final year of his contract will increase.
Three points could be enough to see the Red Devils leapfrog City, who would need to drop points against West Brom on Saturday afternoon, into fourth spot.
Spurs keen to hand Pochettino new contract
Even if United wanted Pochettino, though, there’s no guarantees they could lure the South American coach to Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Spurs are prepared to make Pochettino the highest-paid manager in the club’s history and a productive meeting over the head coach’s future took place during the recent international break.
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