By Danny Wright
Former Tottenham defender Ledley King has boldly claimed that a poor result against Manchester United on Saturday will not “make or break” anything in the long-run for his old side.
Spurs moved level on points with United after last weekend’s results that saw Mauricio Pochettino mastermind a stunning 4-1 win over Liverpool and Jose Mourinho’s side slump to a 2-1 loss at Huddersfield.
However Man United bounced back to winnings ways in midweek with a 2-0 League Cup win over Swansea while Tottenham suffered their most humiliating moment of the season after blowing a two goal lead to lose 3-2 to West Ham at home.
King believes that it is still too early in the season for the game against United to prove too pivotal – although any points against title rivals will no doubt be massive in the long term – but he does expect Spurs to try and make a statement to the rest of the Premier League in their performance at Old Trafford.
“Obviously there are still plenty of points to play for this season so it [the result at Old Trafford] is not going to make or break anything,” said King, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“But it is a great chance to put down a marker, to say that we are are going to be here in the run in right up to the end of the season. If we are able to go to Manchester and get a result I think everyone sits up, takes notice and knows that we’re in for the race to the end.”
Tottenham are currently third in the Premier League table, behind Man United who have a superior goal difference after their stunning start to the season.
Four points separate Spurs from the chasing pack of Chelsea and Arsenal, meaning that they won’t move down the table if their trip to Manchester doesn’t go to plan.
Spurs have a fairly mixed recent record against United, having won two of their last three meetings with the Red Devils.
However the last time they won at Old Trafford came in 2012 when Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey were both on the scoresheet following a Jonny Evans own goal.
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