Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he may have made a major error in pointing out that Harry Kane has not scored against his side.
The Tottenham striker has faced United four times – his last three appearances coming against a United team managed by Van Gaal – but has drawn a blank along with his teammates.
Kane will try again at White Hart Lane on Sunday in a clash between the Premier League’s second and fifth-placed sides.
“Harry Kane is, of course, a very good striker, but he hasn’t scored against us,” said Van Gaal. “When I say that then I am challenging him also, so it is not so smart.
“Yes, Kane is important. But we defend also against the attack of Tottenham Hotspur because we have analysed them and [Christian] Eriksen and Dele Alli are also important.
“Maybe I can start with [goalkeeper Hugo] Lloris, who does very quick set-plays, or [Toby] Alderweireld, who has a very good pass. It is the whole team that you have to solve, not just Harry Kane.”
Kane, Eriksen, Alli and Alderweireld were four of the five Tottenham players we believe would walk into Van Gaal’s side without question. Should we have included more?