By Russell Edge
BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham would be happy with a draw in their clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Spurs come into the match off the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Wembley against West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday, while Jose Mourinho’s side progressed to the quarter finals with a 2-0 win at Swansea.
However the clubs had differing emotions in their last league matches, with Mauricio Pochettino guiding his side to a convincing 4-1 triumph over Liverpool, whereas United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to newly promoted Huddersfield.
Lawrenson says he is expecting an improved performance from the north west side, and says Tottenham are likely to be satisfied if they can come away with a point from Old Trafford.
Predicting a 1-1 draw between the two sides, he wrote on BBC Sports’ website: “The worrying thing for me about it (United’s defeat to Huddersfield) was that Mourinho’s side had no fight about them in the first half.
“United were better on Tuesday in their win over Swansea in the Carabao (League) Cup, though, and I am expecting another improvement from them this weekend.
“Tottenham, who are level on points with United, have title aspirations of their own of course – and this is a big week for them as they host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“A draw at Old Trafford would be a good result for them.
“For any of the top six teams, if they can go away to one of their direct rivals and get a point, I think they will be happy with that.”
Sitting level on points, with United in second and Spurs in third, both sides know that a win would push them three points away from the other and boost their chances in the title race.
They currently sit five points behind leaders Manchester City, and defeat could see that gap extend to eight points if Pep Guardiola can guide his side to victory over West Brom.
In other Tottenham news, Dean Ashton has blasted Pochettino after his actions following the club’s defeat to West Ham.