Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur: who are the top scorers and assist makers?
The Red Devils welcome Spurs to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday with both looking to keep up the pace for a crucial top four finish.
Manchester United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Old Trafford for the Premier League's late game on Saturday and there is plenty at stake. Both clubs, and their respective fans, are desperate to qualify for next season's Champions League and will look to their key man at the top end of the park to help them to a crucial three points in this encounter.
Man Utd vs Spurs: in the race for top four
Ralf Rangnick welcomes back former Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane to the squad, a player who has missed much of the season due to injury and, most recently, to covid-19. He could be a key player as United look to stop a reinvigorated Harry Kane.
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Going into this game, the Red Devils sit fifth in the table with 47 points from 28 matches, after being leapfrogged by in-form Arsenal. Tottenham are also in the conversation for a top four finish, currently just two places and two points behind Saturday's opponents...but it's important to note that they have played two games less.
United: more goals required
Last time out, United were shown up by city rivals in the Manchester derby, the only bright spark being a well taken goal from Jadon Sancho. They'll be looking to put that result behind them and build some momentum for the closing stretch of the season. That said, it's not clicking in attack.
Across all competitions this season, United have scored 58 goals (h/t sofascore.com)and those contributing the most to those have been Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, the latter no longer in contention for a place in the team due to off-field problems.
Ronaldo was brought back to Manchester to be a part of an expensively assembled team challenging for the Premier League title but, other than in glimpses, has never lived up to the hype that starry-eyed fans and pundits had falsely built. His compatriot remains United's greatest threat, however, pitching in with goals - a real danger from direct free-kicks - but more importantly with his exceptional ability to lay on assists. If Bruno was in a better functioning team he could be in the conversation for player of the year.
Under Antonio Conte, progress for Spurs has been mixed at best, but some recent performances have seen the return to form of their most prolific duo: Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son.
Contributing 30 of the team's 62 goals in all competitions this season there is little doubt that when they are in tune then the north London club can compete with the others fighting for that fourth spot. Lucas Moura has also been a positive back-up but there's no getting away from the reliance on the top two.