Manchester United great Denis Irwin has expressed optimism over the Red Devils’ chances of clinching a top four spot when the Premier League finally resumes this week.
United get their season back up and running against fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night. But the former Irish international has a word of caution for his former teammate, Ole gunner Solskjaer as he describes the Spurs game as a step into the unknown.
In an interview with the Club’s official website, the legendary former full-back said this when asked about the Spurs game: “They don’t come much bigger than that.
“From their point of view, they will feel they have to win if they are to try to compete for that Champions League spot and it was due to come at a time when we go back two-and-a-half months, when we were flying and Spurs were missing Harry Kane and a couple of others.
“I know we were missing Pogba and Rashford but we would have gone into the game with loads of confidence. It’s different now, the first one in, and you never quite know.
“It’s a big game for us, it really is. The selection is down to Ole, isn’t it? The players have kept themselves fit all the time and been in training for a few weeks.
So, hopefully, everyone is in the same boat. The match sharpness might not be there but both teams have had friendlies.“You look at that first week or so and there are some big games there. It would be great if we won and got up and running; it really would give us huge confidence.
“I don’t like saying this but, on paper, if we get over that, you look at the next six or seven games favourably. But you know it’s not going to be like that. It’s going into the unknown again almost.
It’s a big game and I’m just looking forward to football, in general, returning. ”Neither Spurs nor United has played a competitive match in the last three months, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Separated by four points, United sits in fifth position on the league log with 45points whereas Spurs is eighth with 41points.
In terms of form guide, the Reds haven’t tasted defeat in their last five EPL games, having draw two and won three.
Spurs on the other hand, have won two, lost two and drawn one in their last five premier league outings.