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Harry Kane has faced Manchester United 18 times in his career, but his 19th encounter will hold a different air about it. Even the most secluded footballer will not have been able to escape the news that Erik ten Hag has made the 29-year-old his primary summer target. Kane’s consolation in Sunday’s 6-1 embarrassment by Newcastle laid bare his heart, desire and effort when the proverbial hits the fan.
He was one, if not the only, Spurs player to head straight towards the away end to show his appreciation and clap the splatter of fans left up in the gods at St James’ Park after experiencing 90 minutes of hell. It showed his character and professionalism and a depiction of why he is England’s captain and bafflement why he isn’t Tottenham’s. After facing Spurs supporters in the eye after that capitulation, Kane will go toe-to-toe with his potential future teammates on Thursday when United visit.
The attacker has played under nine different managers at Tottenham and former on-pitch colleague Ryan Mason will be his third this season, having featured under him during his first stint in 2021. Mason’s second match of his first tenure saw him lose 1-0 to Manchester City in the League Cup final – Kane’s most recent of three club final defeats having yet to clasp hands on a trophy under any of Mason’s predecessors.
Ten Hag has managed to get his hands on silverware at the first attempt, lifting the aforementioned cup in February. But for all United’s successes this season, the thorn in their side has been their away form. The Reds have lost six visits to current top 10 sides this season, including humbling defeats to Brentford, Manchester City and Liverpool. Their sole away win against the top teams saw them squeeze Fulham in injury time. They can halt the bad habit against a dishevelled Tottenham this week though. Mason is hardly a new face and there are enough players around from two years ago to argue that there might not be a new manager bounce.
A win for Ten Hag on the road will show United are heading in the right direction if they are to challenge for the league next year. Maybe equally as important, it will send a direct message to Kane. He will only leave Spurs for trophies and a push for the title will be expected if he transfers to Old Trafford. This season has exemplified what Ten Hag can do, in a year where he’s only been allowed to spend in one transfer window. Kane will have seen United’s progression to the FA Cup final and may be longing to be playing in the biggest club matches before it is too late.
Erik ten Hag’s side travel to north London in high spirits after beating Brighton on penalties to reach the FA Cup final. United will be hoping to secure another victory against Tottenham, as they edge ever closer to Champions League qualification. To do so, they must navigate their way past a Spurs side low on confidence. The Lilywhites were on the receiving end of a 6-1 battering against Newcastle on the weekend, which saw their Champions League hopes all but disappear. However, Ten Hag approaches the match with an injury-stricken squad, and as a result has been forced to call up several academy players to help out.
Christian Stellini, who was also interim boss, was sacked on Monday and Mason appointed for a second time. Fifth-placed Spurs host fourth-placed Manchester United on Thursday aiming to avoid a third successive league defeat. “Thursday is a really big game. The focus is to fully prepare for that,” said 31-year-old Mason. “Sunday was disappointing, so I would hope and expect a reaction from the players and everyone in this building.” Defeat at St James’ Park was Spurs’ heaviest in the league since they lost 5-0 to Liverpool at White Hart Lane in 2013.
Mason, who had a spell as interim coach following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in 2021, will take charge for the final six games of this season. Spurs are searching for a fourth permanent manager in four years since Mauricio Pochettino left in 2019. “It’s been relatively easy from my point of view,” said former Spurs and England midfielder Mason. “I feel comfortable and it’s part of being involved in football. I have to be ready and I am – I don’t doubt that.” Mason worked under interim coach Stellini, who was appointed on 26 March after Antonio Conte’s 16-month spell in charge came to an end.
Questions have been raised about the organisation and ownership of Tottenham and fans have criticised chairman Daniel Levy. Mason said: “We’ve got six games to try and have a positive little run, but I believe in this group and I believe in this football club as well. “I’ve been in in football long enough to know how things can change quickly and a result can change a lot. Hopefully we can transmit that to the pitch.” Tottenham are fifth in the table, six points behind Newcastle in third and United in fourth, although both teams have played fewer games than Spurs. Tottenham players reimbursed fans the cost of their match tickets after the Newcastle game.