Pochettino delivers verdict ahead of Tottenham v Manchester United
By Matt Farr
Mauricio Pochettino has rubbished talk that his Tottenham side will walk all over Manchester United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The two sides meet in the Premier League this weekend on a landmark occasion which sees Tottenham play their final game at their beloved home stadium, before sealing their move to Wembley next season.
Tottenham are expected to be in fine spirits, despite their defeat to West Ham a week ago, and pundits have unanimously backed them to record a comfortable win over Manchester United.
The north London outfit could look to exploit any tiredness in the Manchester United camp, with their opponents having played in the Europa League on Thursday night.
With Jose Mourinho prioritising their European adventure over their domestic campaign, the likes of Stan Collymore and Paul Merson have suggested that Tottenham will ease to victory over United.
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However, Pochettino insists that won’t be the case, and revealed he expects United to come to White Hart Lane and compete.
He told the Mirror: “Of course they are trying to win the Europa League but the players on Sunday, of course they will try to do their best and win.
“I don’t believe it’s the right moment to play them. They have a big squad. They can play Rashford, they can play Pogba, they can play Lingard, they can play Mkhitaryan. What changes?
“I know very well that Jose is a great tactician and a great coach. But we will be prepared to compete. It’s always a good challenge to compete with one of the best managers in the world.”
Regardless of the manner of victory for Tottenham, a win for the hosts will ensure they finish the season with an undefeated record at home.
Twelve points currently separates the two sides in the league standings ahead of the tie, with Tottenham in second place and Manchester United in fifth.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has responded to speculation about an £8.5million offer from a European giant.