Lucas Moura says it’s always ‘dangerous’ to come up against a wounded animal like Manchester United, but believes Spurs should concentrate on their own game rather than that of the opposition this weekend.
United suffered one of their most humiliating defeats of the Premier League era as fierce rivals Liverpool cruised to a comprehensive 5-0 victory last Sunday, with Mohamed Salah completing a hat-trick after Paul Pogba’s sending off at Old Trafford.
The result placed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under further pressure after a miserable run of five defeats in nine games and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been heavily linked as a possible replacement.
However, Solskjaer has reportedly been told his job is safe for the time being and is expected to be in the dugout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in two days’ time.
Despite their woeful form, the Red Devils could leapfrog Spurs and go as high as fourth in the Premier League table with a morale-boosting victory in north London and Moura is wary of the threat they pose ahead of the clash.
‘It is always a dangerous time to play against them,’ the Tottenham forward told Standard Sport.
‘They are hungry because of the game against Liverpool and we are hungry because of the game against West Ham.
‘They have very good players, they have good experience in football and they’ll know how to pass this moment.
‘This is not our problem, it doesn’t matter the moment they have, we just need to do our best, go on the pitch and fight and do our game to get three points.’
Moura scored the only goal of the game last night as Tottenham bounced back from their defeat at West Ham to knock Burnley out of the Carabao Cup and book their place in the quarter-finals.
The Brazilian feels Spurs were deserved victors at Turf Moor and hopes the performance is a sign of things to come going forward in the Premier League.
‘It was a very important win, especially after the defeat against West Ham and before the game against United,’ he added.
‘The feeling was very bad against West Ham because we played well and didn’t deserve to lose, and last night the feeling was very good.
‘We played well, it was a very good performance, we deserved to win and now we go with everything against United.
‘Why not win [the Carabao Cup]? It is another opportunity to get a trophy. It is a short route to get a trophy and we will fight. My objective is to get a trophy, always be a champion.
‘We will fight for this and always give our best and the Carabao Cup is a good opportunity for us.’
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