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'Would not surprise me': Mark Lawrenson makes his prediction for Tottenham v Manchester United

Spurs are in Premier League action against Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening.

Both Spurs and the Red Devils are in need of morale-boosting league victories, having lost against their rivals in the top flight last Sunday.

Tottenham suffered a 1-0 defeat at West Ham, while United fell to a humiliating 5-0 home loss at the hands of Liverpool.

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That said, Nuno Espirito Santo’s charges will go into this game on the back of a 1-0 victory against Burnley in the Carabao Cup.

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Meanwhile, the Red Devils will not only be desperate to make amends for their embarrassing defeat to Liverpool, but also seek a return to winning ways in the league.

United have lost three and drawn one of their last four league matches, and have collected just 14 points from their nine top-flight games this term.

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson believes this will be a tricky game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to approach.

However, he still feels the visitors will have just enough to win, predicting a 2-1 away victory.

“Solskjaer has got to make United difficult to beat,” Lawrenson wrote on BBC Sport.

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“Forget any flamboyant football for now, they just need to start being more solid.

“With the players United have got, they are a counter-attacking team.

“They need to start playing like one, and soak up the pressure and play on the break.

Don’t give me the spiel that just pouring forward is ‘the United way’ because the game has changed completely from those days.

“They need to build from back to front, and give themselves a proper foundation.

“This is a tricky game to approach if you are a manager under pressure like Solskjaer is.

“But Tottenham are still quite scatty themselves so would not surprise me if United went there and won.”

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