Man United are showing signs of discord. After manager José Mourinho criticised his club’s summer spending, The Red Devils slumped to a defeat to Brighton on Sunday in their second game of the season.
With reports from ESPN saying that Alexis Sánchez and Luke Shaw are injured, there a definitely signs of weakness in Manchester, and Tottenham must smell blood.
Tottenham have in the past been prone to turn up to these kind of matches and fail to perform. In fact, the unflattering moniker ‘Dr Tottenham’ has been given to the club in the past due to their ability to help struggling teams work their way back to form.
But it is time for a change if the north London side are ever going to amount to anything under Mauricio Pochettino. If Tottenham want to make a statement to the rest of the Premier League, they must turn up at Old Trafford and perform as the unit many people know they are, against a team that is in disarray.
Star striker Harry Kane recently said in an interview that Tottenham can no longer rely on the excuses that they have been using in previous seasons. They can no longer see themselves as a young team that will learn from their mistakes. They have to seize their opportunity.
Monday night is the perfect platform for Kane to prove his doubters wrong. It is a chance for The Lilywhites to come of age. It’s only what any other side that see themselves as title contenders would do.
There are obviously negatives to doing no business at all over the summer. But one positive for Tottenham is that they are all accustomed to each other. There is no case of gelling as a team. Less can be said about Man United, who are in a process of weaning new signings and younger players into the first team.
There’s no time for excuses anymore at Tottenham. After three hopeful seasons fans must be tired of just falling short. If Pochettino’s men want to make a statement this season, it has to start on Monday.