The sun is shining, it is the weekend and Spurs have an incredible opportunity to get some silverware in that Trophy Cabinet – which has been dusty now for a decade.
Spurs and Man Utd have both beaten each other at home this season, but cup games are a completely different kettle of fish: anything can happen on that pitch today.
Mourinho will be looking to progress to the final of the FA Cup considering his side crashed out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Bristol City, and the Champions League thanks to Sevilla. Fans will be wanting to see the fruits of all that lavish spending. This is the last chance for Pochettino to get his hands on silverware – an achievement that would enthral the fans who’ve had to wait since 2008 to taste cup success.
Feelings in both camps
Jose Mourinho: “I think when you go to these big moments with these big decisions, semi-finals, finals, I don’t think it’s an advantage. For me, it’s the same as playing at Old Trafford.”
Mauricio Pochettino: “I promise you the club is not going to change if you win or don’t win the FA Cup or the League Cup. It would be fantastic to add that trophy to the club but what would put us to a different level would be to win the Premier League or Champions League.
One’s to watch
Manchester United: The one to watch in this game for the Red Devils has to be Romelu Lukaku. When he is on for the man is a machine. He seems to have found a consistent form in the FA Cup, he has scored in every round of the FA Cup so far. BUT it must be said that Lukaku has been known to flop in the ‘big games’ this season. He’s incredibly physical and might prove to be a handful for 21 year old Davinson Sanchez. Sanchez did manage to keep a clean sheet against him in the 2-0 victory over Utd in January.
Tottenham Hotspur: There’s only one man is capturing all the attention at the moment and that is the trusty Dane, Christian Eriksen. Eriksen has really found his form lately, achieving three goals and three assists in his last seven Spurs matches. He’s also firing home in the FA Cup, bagging a brace in the previous round against Swansea. When the chips are down, the team turns to this man to make something happen.
Interesting Facts & Stats
- Spurs have lost their last seven FA Cup semi-finals – a record in the tournament’s history.
- Spurs have won three from their last five matches against Man Utd – which is as many as they had in the previous 36 matches against them
- Spurs are the highest scores in the 2017/18 FA Cup so far! 17 goals from 6 games.
- Heung-Min Son has been involved in 14 goals from his 15 FA Cup apperances – 9 goals and 5 assists.
- Spurs and Man Utd have met in 10 Cup matches, progressing 5 times each
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Paul Merson: This one is a massive match because I don’t know where these two teams are going if they lose this one. There will be a lot of questions for whichever team loses this game…I’m going to favour United here because Mourinho gets the tune in big football matches, and Spurs haven’t really done that.”
Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports: “If it came down to two teams playing an even game with less on the line then Tottenham win. However, the difference here is Mourinho…This is where Mourinho factor comes into play though, where he knows how to get the result. He will pack his midfield with physical players, perhaps even dropping Paul Pogba again, to ruin Spurs’ fluency”
Have your say
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