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Rant of the day: Man United’s form under Solskjaer is great news for Tottenham and here’s why



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Another game, another quality result for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian didn’t win his latest game against Burnley but saw Manchester United bring home the old spirit as they scored two goals in the last four minutes to salvage a point.

The draw didn’t help the Red Devils close down on a Champions League spot, but this kind of form does put pressure on Tottenham’s position in the league standings. Tottenham haven’t been in great form recently, and injuries have been the major problem for the club this season.

Almost every single senior player has spent some time on the treatment table. Mauricio Pochettino further has his hands tied as we haven’t signed any players since the start of the campaign, however, United’s form could be the best thing to happen to our hopes of keeping the manager in London.

Solskjaer doing the business for Pochettino

Our manager has been linked (h/t Express) with the United job ever since Jose Mourinho was close to getting sacked. It wasn’t a surprise that we kept hold of Pochettino once Mourinho left the Red Devils, given Daniel Levy’s nature. However, Solskjaer’s recent transformation of United could see him staying at the club beyond this season.

The Norwegian seems to have a bond with the players, similar to what Pochettino has built at Tottenham. Solskjaer had one major advantage when compared to Pochettino – he knew the club inside out.

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

Bringing Mike Phelan to the staff was another genius move, and the team seem to be heading in the right direction when it comes to their style.

Pochettino has built everything at Tottenham from the core. We didn’t have a ton of world-class players, but that is not the case any more. Solskjaer, however, had incredible stars to work with such as Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Romelu Lukaku.

Even with those players, United were struggling under Mourinho. The Norwegian has turned things around at Old Trafford, and it seems the players are on his side too.

Jesse Lingard might benefit by joining Tottenham.

The former United striker hasn’t dipped into the transfer window, and they haven’t even seen the best of Alexis Sanchez this season too, so there should be more to come from the Red Devils. The target for Solskjaer has to be the top-four now, and there is more than a chance of them lifting the FA Cup too.

Changing the dynamic would not be a smart move

Should Solskjaer achieve the top four or even be close to the Champions League spots, it would be a crazy decision to get rid of him.

United would have to tempt Pochettino to join, deal with Daniel Levy, spend a huge amount in signing the Argentine and hope he builds a relationship with some of the players quickly.

The former Southampton manager is one of the best in the world, there are no doubts about that, however, a move to a new workplace doesn’t always work out.

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Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

Pochettino isn’t someone who has come through the ranks at Old Trafford, and there would be major expectations from him if he moves there.

Solskjaer has been given a fairly easy ride, and if he breaks into the top four, the Red Devils will have a huge conundrum to solve.

It is always better to stick with a manager who already knows the players than to go for a new manager and expect him to settle things down quickly.

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In any case, it would be better if Man United leave Pochettino alone and it would be possible if they achieve a top-4 finish.


Levy shares concerning message about why Tottenham couldn’t sell players in the summer



Daniel Levy highlights why Tottenham couldn’t sell players in the summer

Tottenham face problems as several players are keen on moving from the club, according to the Mirror.

Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen are in the final year of their deals and could leave for free next summer.

Daniel Levy recently spoke about Spurs not being able to sell their unwanted stars, during a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust.

Daniel Levy of Tottenham
Daniel Levy

The chairman explained that clubs weren’t keen on some of the players and the offers on the table weren’t acceptable either.

The minutes of the meeting read (h/t Mirror):

“DL (Levy) said Tottenham had been one of the biggest spenders among Premier League clubs in the recent transfer window. It had also not generated all the sales the club hoped for.

“DL reiterated just how difficult it is to get a transfer over the line.

“In 90 per cent of instances either a buyer could not be found for a player or the player did not wish to join the club that had expressed an interest in buying them.”

Not being able to sell players that don’t want to be at the club is a problem, and that seems to have affected us. It is a little shocking that we couldn’t get deals done and now have to keep them until January at least.

Levy suggests there could be other departures

The chairman also spoke about the players in the last year of their deals and added that Spurs couldn’t force anyone to sign a new deal. Levy also claimed that some stars have been at Tottenham for a long time and wanted to play elsewhere.

It could be a painful summer for Tottenham, with several players possibly leaving the club. This would start another rebuilding cycle and we should not have fallen into this phase after the great work done by Mauricio Pochettino.

Replacing Eriksen or Alderweireld will not be cheap. However, we will lose them for nothing if they run their contract out. Tottenham have a lot of work to do in the coming months and hopefully, we don’t lose our competitive edge.

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We are already struggling in the league this season and have to turn things around quickly.

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Former England manager backs Tottenham boss Pochettino to snub Premier League rivals



Sam Allardyce backs Mauricio Pochettino to snub Manchester United job

Former Everton and England manager Sam Allardyce has backed Mauricio Pochettino to stick with Tottenham.

Manchester United and Spurs have had poor starts to the season, and Pochettino has been linked with the job at Old Trafford (h/t Metro).

However, the Red Devils are below Spurs in the table, and Allardyce claims Tottenham have a better side than United (h/t Metro):

“I can’t see Mauricio going anywhere at the moment

“At the moment, Tottenham are a better squad than Manchester United – and that is a telling fact.

“It’s alright saying, ‘this is Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world’, but has it got the team to go with it to represent Manchester United?”

Tottenham are still in a better place than United

Although our season has been far from satisfactory, Spurs are capable of turning things around. Pochettino is one of the top managers in the world and just needs to tweak certain things in the team.

United, for their part, don’t seem to have a proper game plan and most of the players aren’t doing well.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started his career at Old Trafford with a bang but after becoming the permanent manager, things haven’t been great.

They lie two points off the relegation zone and face Liverpool after the international break. Tottenham face a struggling Watford, and we should get the three points against the Hornets.

Allardyce is right in suggesting we have a better squad than the Red Devils, and it is time for the players to step up.

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Pochettino can only do so much and it will be interesting to see how we perform after the international break.

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German giants see Tottenham star as a cheaper alternative for Brazilian midfielder



Bayern Munich see Christian Eriksen as cheaper option than Philippe Coutinho

Bayern Munich are the latest giants to be linked with Christian Eriksen, according to Sport 1 (h/t Sky Sports).

The Bundesliga giants have a fantastic squad at hand but are interested in landing the Dane, who is a free agent in the summer.

The report adds that the Bavarians will fight Real Madrid for the signature of Eriksen. However, the Dane is open to leaving London for Munich (h/t Sky Sports).

The Tottenham star is one of the most creative players in the Premier League, and Bayern see him as a replacement for a summer signing.

Eriksen to replace Coutinho?

Philippe Coutinho had a woeful time at Barcelona and was allowed to join Bayern on loan in the summer.

However, the Germans see Eriksen as a cheaper option to Coutinho and he could be signed for nothing in January (h/t Sky Sports).

The Dane could do a great job at Bayern but Coutinho has had a decent start to his career in Germany.

The Brazilian has two goals and two assists from six Bundesliga games and was one of the stars during the Copa America. Eriksen, for his part, has struggled for form this season and only has one goal and an assist.

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Eriksen wanted to try something in the summer, and it will be interesting to see where he plays next season.

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Tottenham star turns down €6m-a-season deal in hopes of moving away at the end of his contract



Christian Eriksen turns down contract offer from Tottenham

Christian Eriksen seems set to leave Tottenham after he rejected a 50% pay increase on his current deal, according to AS (h/t Daily Star).

The Dane is a free agent at the end of the season and Spurs have attempted to keep him at the club.

Eriksen isn’t the only player on the final year of his contract, with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen too in the same boat.

The report claims that Eriksen earns €4m per season after tax and Tottenham were willing to raise that to €6m.

The new deal would have put Eriksen on the same pay scale as Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris, however, the Dane would still earn less than Kane (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham could have made a huge sum in the summer

Real Madrid are still keen on the 27-year-old Dane and could move for him in January (h/t Daily Star).

They were hesitant to move in the summer after their grand spending on Eden Hazard and other stars. Tottenham wanted €70m for Eriksen in the summer while Real were also keen on Paul Pogba (h/t Daily Star).

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen

Eriksen can negotiate with foreign clubs in January and move on a free transfer at the end of the season. The 27-year-old hasn’t been at his best but Spurs have also struggled this campaign.

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The Dane could be a big loss for us, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up next season.

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