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Three Highly Anticipated Duels on the Pitch That Will Determine the Outcome of the Tottenham Hotspurs vs Manchester United Clash

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Spurs face a rigorous match against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as many would ponder where the pendulum of the match will swing to between both sides. Pochettino’s men have not drawn 0-0 in recent times and and will surely look to not today with the attacking potential within his squad.

United on their own are not blunt after all as they have won 5 games in 5 with an impressive share of 16 goals in those games. This makes the clash an interesting features this weekend as fans eagerly around the world await the fixture.

With growing expectations and tactical imaginations between both sides we evaluate three key battles ahead of the Tottenham vs United game.

Dele Alli vs Ander Herrera

Manchester United starlet Herrera must watch out for this explosive English talent as his partnership with harry Kane can be deadly and very much decisive in the course of the match.

United would have the renewed confidence of the Spaniard to bank on as they walk a tight rope away from home. Alli’s instinct behind the United defence will be tested with some level of aerial awareness as the Spaniard aims to affirm his presence on the pitch.

This will be a key battle as Herrera’s decisiveness come face to face with Dele Ali’s agility and creativity in the London duel.

 Moussa Dembele vs Paul Pogba

The French star have been the subject of debate in recent weeks following his superb performance on the pitch. However, with the physical presence that Moussa Dembele provides on the pitch Tottenham are good to go.

This remains to be seen as we expect a tough midfield tussle between these impressive midfield players. Pogba might have an upper hand in terms of creativity and on the attacking front but Dembele’s immense ability and calmness in possession (left-foot superiority and dynamism) would be key for Spurs.

His intelligence on the ball and technical awareness especially as he supplies balance to Mauricio’s midfield is one of his personal advantage as he comes up against an inform Pogba that is writing every of his wrong scripts right at the moment with his stellar performances.

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Harry Kane Vs Chris Smalling

The player’s defensive installation would be notably crucial for Ole Gunnar’s Solskjaer’s Manchester United side as they take on Tottenham on Sunday.

With Kane’s form especially with the prolific talisman scoring against United at Old Trafford in the 0-3 away win early in the season, the same looks probable as United put in a shady display against Reading despite the cleans sheet they got in the game.

Kane’s attacking instinct would be called upon most especially as he enjoys a free flowing movement behind with good quality deliveries coming from Alli and Christian Eriksen.

The real question will be if United tactical intimation and Smalling’s aerial intelligence (determine) on the pitch be good enough to curtail Harry movement in the box.

This is where the games lies and the price to tame Harry Kane may prove more costly on the pitch.

Obiweluozo Martins
A professional sportswriter who combs around the world for football matches. I follow the major leagues in Europe and of course the Champions League. I'm also a lover of International football as well as watching the beautiful game from all around the world with an eye on the youth game.

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