West Ham 1-0 Spurs: Nuno Espirito Santo reaction
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Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has plenty of thinking to do ahead of his side’s game against Manchester United this weekend. The game has been dubbed ‘El Sackio’ by some creative supporters due to the pressure both he and his opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are facing going into the encounter.
And although Nuno is unlikely to be fired even with a bad loss against the Red Devils, he will certainly be desperate to get a win which would ease some of the mounting pressure he is coming under.
Express Sport take a look at how Spurs could line up for the clash…
Nuno decided to rotate his goalkeeper once again for the Carabao Cup on Wednesday as back-up option Pierluigi Gollini came in and kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Burnley.
There is no question that No.1 Hugo Lloris will be back between the sticks against United, however, with the Frenchman playing every minute of Spurs’ Premier League campaign so far.
Defenders: Emerson, Romero, Dier, Reguilon
One of Spurs’ only positives in recent weeks has been the impressive performances of summer signings Emerson Royal and Cristian Romero, both who will likely be tasked with keeping United’s lively forward line quiet.
Davinson Sanchez started alongside Romero in the centre-back position against Burnley but Eric Dier should regain his spot alongside the Argentine, with Sergio Reguilon also returning in place of Ben Davies at left-back.
Midfielders: Skipp, Hojbjerg, Ndombele
Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are beginning to form a solid partnership in the centre of the park, and both seem to be trusted by Nuno as his first-choice sitters.
Tanguy Ndombele has had something of a renaissance of late following a difficult start to the season, and has started each of Spurs’ last five Premier League games.
The Frenchman will be tasked with providing the creative spark that Nuno’s side have been so desperately lacking in recent weeks.
Forwards: Son, Kane, Lucas
Lucas Moura scored the decisive winner in the win over Burnley, and will have good memories of facing United after he scored twice in a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in August 2018.
Heung-min Son has only scored once in his last five games in all competitions, and will be desperate to put that right against a Red Devils defence which can certainly be got at.
But it is Harry Kane who Nuno seems to have the biggest issue with, with the England captain still nowhere near his best.
He again toiled against Burnley, and some fans have suggested he should be dropped, with Steven Bergwijn a possibility to come in to allow for a more fluid front three.
Having said that, it would be a hugely risk call for Nuno to make, and he is likely to stick with Kane at least for now.
Nevertheless, another anonymous performance from last season’s Golden Boot winner and the alarm bells will surely begin to ring.
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