Spurs looks a great bet to win again at sorry United
It would be interesting to know what brief Louis van Gaal was given on taking over at Manchester United. If it was to win a trophy in his first season – he’s failed.
If it was to get the Red Devils back into the Champions League – the jury is still out. If it was to entertain the Old Trafford faithful and restore the footballing ethos preached and practiced by Sir Alex Ferguson – there is an awful lot of work still to do!
Last week’s FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal was a poor advertisement for English football in a week in which it’s lost its best hopes of making an impact in Europe this season – apologies to Everton on that one.
Chelsea will almost certainly stroll to the Premier League title but weren’t goo enough to make the last eight of the Champions League against 10 men. Arsenal and Manchester City will almost certainly follow them through the exit doors next week.
United and this weekend’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur are two of the teams hoping to gate-crash the top four but neither can afford to be circumspect in the final weeks of the campaign.
Spurs are playing much the better football at the moment and look a decent bet at 3/1 to extend their recent stranglehold over United. Mauriccio Pochettino’s team have won two and drawn three of their last five matches against United and have won on their last two visits to Old Trafford, scoring five goals in the process.
Christian Eriksen scored their winner in January last year and the Danish forward and struck up a good understanding with 16-goal Harry Kane. You would imagine that they’d get plenty of joy against United’s disjointed back-line, which Arsenal exploited last week.
United are clinging on to fourth spot by their fingernails at present but Spurs will go level on points with them if they win this one, which is a massive incentive.
Wayne Rooney has been easily his team’s most influential player this season but has had a long season and needs others to step up. Jonny Evans has done himself no favours with his actions and will miss the next month.
Angel Di Maria is also suspended while Robin van Persie is still sat on the sidelines and others are simply under-performing so take the in-form visitors to win by a single goal at 47/10. A 1-2 correct score is 43/4.
The match kicks off at 4.00pm on Sunday, March 15th at Old Trafford.