Mark Lawrenson predicts Tottenham v Man United, makes two big claims about Pochettino's team
By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has backed Tottenham to draw 1-1 with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson boldly claimed that going into this fixture, Spurs have more of a chance of breaking into the top four and they have better players in key positions.
Jose Mourinho’s United are in sixth place in the Premier League table, six points off the north London club who are in fifth.
Both were in European action in midweek, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side recording a 3-1 win in the Champions League against CSKA Moscow, while United beat Zoyra 2-0 in the Europa League.
TV pundit Lawrenson has explained why he believes the weekend fixture will finish in a score draw.
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“Some of Spurs’ attacking players have started to rediscover their form. That, along with their defensive solidity, should ensure they don’t leave empty-handed,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“I’m going for another 1-1 draw, which seems to be the most popular scoreline at Old Trafford at the moment.
“Tottenham are fifth going into the weekend, one place above United and to me they look more like breaking into the top four. They have more pace in their team and, at the moment, better players in key positions.”
Pochettino’s side picked up a thumping 5-0 victory against relegation threatened Swansea on home soil last Saturday.
They will be hoping for the same attacking performance once again as they aim to close the gap on the top four.
Spurs are three points behind Liverpool and Manchester City who occupy third and fourth respectively in the league table.
Additionally, they have been beaten only once this season, winning seven and drawing six of their 14 league games.
Striker Harry Kane will once again be the key attacking figure for the away side. The England international has bagged five goals in his last four league games.
In other Tottenham news, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has explained why Spurs have an advantage in the title race.