Tottenham could be without their most important player in a clash between the teams in second and third in the Premier League.
It’s becoming impossible to understate the contribution that striker Harry Kane makes to Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Having scored an average of 25 league goals in the last three seasons, Kane has hit the mark eight times already, with his goals in European competition bringing this campaign’s total to thirteen goals in just twelve matches.
The 24-year-old’s latest outing saw him put two past Liverpool at Wembley, but he was called ashore in the dying moments of the 4-1 win to be replaced by Fernando Llorente.
Pochettino insisted afterwards that the striker was brought off due to tiredness, not a hamstring injury.
However, following Spurs’ shock defeat to West Ham in the Carabao Cup last night, the Argentine was non-committal when asked by beIN Sports whether his talisman would line out at Old Trafford this weekend.
“We’ll see, we’ll see,” he responded.
“We need to assess the team because we were forced to rotate for different reasons and we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”
Perhaps another indicator that casts doubt over his inclusion is that back-up striker Llorente and forward Heung Min Son were substituted last night even after Spurs went 3-2 down.
Kane missing out would be a massive boost for Manchester United, who having defeated six of the bottom seven teams in the Premier League, are yet to take on and beat any of the top sides.