Spurs keen to end United jinx

LONDON • Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off his - and striker Harry Kane's - poor record against Manchester United as Tottenham prepare to welcome the Red Devils to White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Kane yesterday picked up the Premier League Player of the Month for March for netting six times in the league. The striker has 28 goals for club and country this season, but has not scored in four matches against United.

"After 15 years, if he has still not scored, maybe then I might be worried," Spurs manager Pochettino quipped.

However, Spurs have not scored against United in three games under Pochettino, with their goalless drought standing at 296 minutes. In fact, the Argentinian is winless in six league matches against the Red Devils, while United are unbeaten in their last 14 league trips to White Hart Lane.

With second-placed Spurs trailing leaders Leicester City by seven points - a difference that could stretch to 10 if the Foxes beat Sunderland in tomorrow's earlier kick-off - Tottenham can ill-afford to drop any points.

"Maybe it is a good moment to change history," Pochettino told a press conference yesterday.

"It is important for us to be focused and prepared for our games. We cannot change when Leicester play, so we have simply got to make sure our own shop is in order and make sure we fight, because a lot can happen in football.

"If Leicester fail, we need to make sure we stay there. Our challenge is to compete till the end of the season and have the chance to win the title till the last game.

"We would like to go to Newcastle on the final day with the possibility to win the league."

Pochettino believes that Spurs can build on what is shaping up to be their best-ever Premier League finish, easily trumping their previous-best finish of fourth.

On a day when the Daily Mail reported that Spurs have offered the 44-year-old a new five-year contract worth £5.5 million (S$10.4 million) a year, Pochettino said he is very happy at White Hart Lane.

"I think Tottenham have the potential to improve and be better in the future," he said.

"New stadium, unbelievable training session, good staff, good people, a fantastic academy. They have the potential to be bigger than now."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2016, with the headline 'Spurs keen to end United jinx'. Print Edition | Subscribe