Jose Mourinho has revealed that two Tottenham defenders will definitely miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.
Speaking to journalists on Zoom about the clash against his old club, Mourinho confirmed that Ben Davies and Matt Doherty will not be back to face the Red Devils. However, he stated that he has an otherwise full strength squad to pick from.
Mourinho could opt to make changes at centre-back for the game in north London. Spurs looked particularly shaky against Newcastle last weekend, which could mean a recall for Eric Dier or Toby Alderweireld.
Son Heung-Min will almost certainly return to the starting XI, with Carlos Vinicius set to be back on the bench.
Tottenham won the reverse fixture 6-1 back in October after Anthony Martial saw red for the home side. But Mourinho played down that result ahead of the game against a resurgent United.
He said: “I believe that 6-1 doesn’t reflect the reality. It can happen. Of course it can happen, between two great sides, the results they can happen in an isolated way. I go much more in the direction of the other two previous matches between us and United.
“We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford, with the penalty, and we draw 1-1 at home last season, also with a penalty. I think this is more the reality. We are not far from each other so I think it is going to be a difficult match for both.
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“If Solksjaer is going to use that result I don’t know. If it was the opposite, if it was my team losing 6-1 to them I would just say to my guys that it happened once and it’s not going to happen twice. This doesn’t reflect the reality.
“The game is going to be tight and we can win, but I don’t know, maybe Solksjaer has different things.”
Winks on Southampton radar
Reports claim that Tottenham’s England star Harry Winks is on Southampton’s radar with a view to summer swoop for the midfielder.
Winks, 25, has slipped down the Spurs pecking order this season, with just 10 Premier League appearances. He has started only three of those games. And consequently, the Hemel Hempstead-born ace seems out of contention for a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad. Having made his Three Lions debut in 2017, Winks has gone on to earn 10 caps.
He was tipped to have a long and successful international career but that is on the back burner at present. A more pressing issue is how to get back into the Spurs side on a regular basis.
He was linked with a January loan exit but Jose Mourinho slammed that door in no uncertain terms. But it may be that a different club is what the defensive midfielder needs to kick-start his flagging career.
Football Insider are reporting that Southampton may be set to offer him an escape route in the off-season. It was revealed on Thursday that the St Marys outfit will have money to spend after a new sponsorship deal.
And they may look to lure Winks to the south coast if the report is to be believed.