CONFIRMED: Romelu Lukaku is fit for United’s Saturday fixture after an ankle knock Mauricio Pochettino admits Spurs are not able to compete Manchester clubs; while Liverpool legend expecting Jose Mourinho to park the bus.
5. Manchester clubs have transfer advantage – Pochettino
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that his side are unable to sign who they want in the transfer market.
The former Southampton boss has insisted that his side are unlike title rivals Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Spurs brought in four new players during the latter stages of the summer for a combined £86m.
City set a transfer record when splashing out big to overhaul the defensive aspect of their squad. Meanwhile, United also brought in the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic for large sums.
Pochettino admits that it is tough trying to live with the Manchester clubs in particular.
“The difference these days between clubs in the Premier League is that there are clubs, like City and United, who sign who they want and when they want,” Pochettino told BeIn Sports.
“Then there are big teams, like us, who sign when we can and who we can. It’s a big difference today.”
4. Kenny Dalglish expecting Jose Mourinho to park the bus
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has expressed his belief that Manchester United will go into Saturday’s crunch match at Anfield with a defensive mindset.
Jose Mourinho’s side have begun the season in fine form having dropped just two points from their opening seven games.
Mourinho has a history of shutting up shop in away matches against direct rivals.
“Three years ago, Jose brought Chelsea up to do a job and they did it really well, so for me, there’s no blame apportioned to him because Liverpool missed out on the title. He was very professional, utterly clinical, and you cannot criticise him for that,” Dalglish told The Mirror.
“He came back to Anfield with Manchester United last year with a similar philosophy. But there are no rules which say you can’t play defensively and they almost snatched it at the end when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had that chance. And when he comes back for this game, I’m sure he will be cautious again because this is United’s first game against one of the so-called top six.”
Liverpool currently trail United by seven points in the Premier League table.
3. Jan Vertonghen confirms Romelu Lukaku is fit after ankle knock
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has claimed that forward Romelu Lukaku is back to full fitness after an ankle injury.
The Manchester United frontman had been forced to sit out the early days of his latest spell on international duty. But on Tuesday, the 24-year-old returned to net against Cyprus after being introduced from the bench.
Vertonghen is quoted by The Mirror as saying: “The goal he got against Cyprus was so typical, a ball in behind and he brushed defenders off and smashed the ball into the net. I am sure he will be fine for Manchester United at the weekend.”
“He used the first week with us to get fit. He was injured, I spoke to him and his ankle wasn’t in good shape. But he has used the time well to recover and he is back and fit again.”
2. Jose Mourinho bringing fear factor back to Old Trafford – Mike Phelan
Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has claimed that Jose Mourinho is restoring the fear factor to Old Trafford.
Mourinho suffered a disappointing debut season at United on the Premier League front. The Red Devils finished sixth in the final standings and winning just eight of their 19 home matches.
However, it has been a different story so far this term with United yet to drop a point.
“I think they are getting that (fear) back slowly because now at Old Trafford there is an atmosphere. There is an expectation and the players are reacting really well to it,” Phelan told Sky Sports News.
“You have to build that reputation that fear and I think it was lost a little bit in the time Sir Alex [Ferguson] had left. In the off-season, he’s gone about his business really, really well. I think he’s come back fresh and he’s added to the squad and I think they are looking at a squad now that can really go the distance.”
1. Jose Mourinho willing to pay £170m to sign Harry Kane
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly prepared to break the Premier League transfer record. The Portuguese tactician is handing over £170m for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane.
The England international recently admitted to being in the best form of his life after netting 11 goals in his last 9 appearances for his side.
Kane has already been linked with a mega-money transfer to Real Madrid at the end of the campaign. The deal could see former stars Gareth Bale and Luka Modric return to North London.
According to The Sun, however, Madrid now face competition from Premier League as Man United are prepared to spend big in their pursuit of the prolific center-forward.
The report suggests that the Red Devils will up Kane’s wages, which could rise to £140,000 a week.
A United source is quoted as saying: “The club had asked about Kane’s availability a few years back. They were told by Spurs there was no chance. Jose is a big fan and is very interested.”
“Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move on next summer, more than likely, freeing up a load of cash they plan to use. The problem for United is the money could get to a ridiculous level.”
“It’s going to be more than Kylian Mbappe. It’s money they can lay their hands on but it will be interesting to see what [Daniel] Levy’s stance on the whole thing will be.”