Le Tissier: Everyone is raving about Man United midfielder but Tottenham powerhouse is on a different level
By Harry Sykes
Matt Le Tissier has insisted that Tottenham anchorman Victor Wanyama is better than his Manchester United counterpart Nemanja Matic.
The new United signing has been lauded for a sparkling debut in United’s 4-0 demolition of West Ham last weekend and many have questioned by Chelsea sold him to a direct title rival.
Le Tissier accepts that Serbian Matic is “decent” in central midfield but says he is not at the same level as Spurs’ Wanyama and Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante.
The latter duo will go head to head on Sunday at Wembley in a mouthwatering Premier League showdown that pits last season’s first and second placed teams against one another.
Sky Sports pundit Le Tissier named the pair in his combined Chelsea-Tottenham XI as he assessed their credentials in comparison to United’s £40million man.
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“I’ve gone with the two best holding midfielders in the Premier League in front of my back four,” he told Sky Sports. “Former Blue Nemanja Matic is obviously decent in that role but I think there’s more to N’Golo Kante and Victor Wanyama.
“Cesc Fabregas is unlucky not to get in but he’d be my first substitute to come on and would be in there if I was playing a back three, while Moussa Dembele is quality but doesn’t quite have the defensive qualities of my picks.
Spurs are aiming to build on their opening day 2-0 win at Newcastle United, while Chelsea are looking to give lift-off to their campaign after a shock home 3-2 defeat to Burnley last weekend.
In other Tottenham news, the club are to finalise a £45million-valued signing today after terms agreed.