José Mourinho has confirmed that Son Heung-min would potentially not feature in the epic clash against his former employers after the forward tore his hamstring in their draw against Newcastle.
Steven Bergwijn replaced him at half time due to the injury. Despite dominating proceedings, Spurs conceded a controversial late penalty against Newcastle United.
In the three Premier League matches so far, Spurs have amassed four points out of a possible nine after one win, one draw, and one defeat putting them under pressure to secure the maximum points against Manchester United next weekend. It all comes down to the hectic schedule of the North London club, and Jose Mourinho has indicated that for the near future, the South Korean would not be participating because of this injury. It is a significant loss for Tottenham because the attacker has been in tremendous form this season.
Fixtures he is likely to miss
They face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, just two days away, before hosting Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League qualifiers before playing against United on Sunday. The schedule means that Spurs’ squad will potentially cross the threshold in the next week, and there may be an incentive to improve their dealings in the transfer market ahead of the weekend clash.
Son’s absence would put more pressure on Gareth Bale to fully rebound from an injury he picked playing for Wales earlier this month in the UEFA nations league. He is yet to feature for Tottenham after rejoining the club on loan from Real Madrid this summer.
Manchester United’s woes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says, despite the porous defensive display at Brighton, Manchester United is of appropriate consistency at the center.
United conceded twice in their lucky win at the Amex Arena. A stoppage-time equalizer from Solly March was outdone by a controversial 100th-minute penalty at the end of the game thanks to a VAR review after Harry Maguire connected from a Bruno Fernandes corner. The ball struck the arm of Neal Maupay in the 18-yard box. Brighton hit the woodwork five times in a decent setback.
Again, the performance of Victor Lindelof was questioned, and both Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo are not under selection due to the uncertainty of their futures. Axel Tuanzebe isn’t deemed fit to compete yet, and Phil Jones is still nursing a long term injury.
“We’ve got many defenders here, and I put Eric (Bailly) on to bolster the defense, following the runs of (Leandro) Trossard and (Neal) Maupay,” Solskjaer said. “So, for me, we’ve got enough good center-backs here at the moment.
“When you concede chances and concede goals, there are two different things you can look at: it’s the team shape or are there any individual mistakes. For me, we’re not in our best shape of form, and our shape isn’t there. We’re not sharp enough to stop crosses or follow the runs.
“We’re a little bit behind, and that’s structural mistakes than individual mistakes. I thought Victor did well today.”
While the victory is fortuitous, Brighton had a penalty claim denied by the video assistant referee, who then told the manager on the pitch to inform Chris Kavanagh about the decision.
Kavanagh had blown up for full-time but was forced to reset for Bruno Fernandes to take the penalty after the 95th minute of strike Solly March seemed to have claimed a draw. Solskjaer acknowledged that United was fortunate to win.
“I don’t think we’ve ever scored after the final whistle, but, of course, the handball was before full-time,” Solskjaer added. “It was probably the right thing to do [to check the handball]. For us, it was a big thing. We’ve talked about how we need more late goals.
“We were the team that lost the fewest games apart from Liverpool last season, but we drew too many, and to get two extra points after conceding late on is a significant boost for us.
“We’ve got to be honest enough to say they created the most chances. Maybe 50-50 possession, but they had loads of shots, big chances, and that’s not what we want. We need to improve a lot in the weeks coming forward.
“The spirit and character of the boys I don’t question at all, the spirit is there. The sharpness and fitness might not be, but it’s going to come. We’ve got three or four weeks to catch up, and the more games we play, the more 90 minutes we get, we’ll be sharper and sharper.”