Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side have to earn the right to beat Tottenham before they can do so as the race for the top four heats up.
A win against Mauricio Pochettino’s men would see United level on points with fifth placed Arsenal and within touching distance of the all important Champions League positions.
Solskjaer has won all five of his short reign so far and will be feeling confident in his squad’s ability to pick up all three points against Spurs.
The Red Devils will travel to Wembley to take on their opponents knowing a loss could deal a serious blow to their season’s ambitions.
Ole’s long-term future at the club could also be at risk since he’s not expected to be given the permanent managerial role unless he can pull off a miracle.
According to Manchester Evening News, Ole said: “When you play against a good team you’ve got to defend and earn the right to win a game of football.
“We’re not just going to go gung-ho and go naive, but as you say Man United is about attacking football. We’ve got to go there and attack the game.
“We have to win to stand a chance of going past them in the league. We go there to take three points.
“Walking out at Wembley with a Man United shirt on, I think that brings the best out of quite a few players so hopefully we can see that tomorrow.”
Solskjaer’s message of being defensively solid is an important one since Manchester United’s problems at the back have continued after Jose Mourinho’s sacking.
The Norwegian has relied on his side’s attacking talent to blow teams away but there will be a time where that luck will run out.
Supporters will be hoping that time isn’t against Tottenham and that United’s attackers can bail out the rest of the team for at least one more time.