El Sackico? What a loss for Tottenham versus Manchester United would mean for Nuno Espirito Santo

El Sackico?

Tottenham Hotspur play host to Manchester United this evening in a game that could have massive repurcussions for the future of both sides.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. travel to north London knowing that they will need to provide a much better result, and more importantly, performance, than that which saw them embarrassed 5-0 by Liverpool at Old Trafford.

The defeat, Manchester United’s 3rd in the opening nine games of the season, sees the Red Devils now 8 points off the early title-running, an unacceptable position to be in with the squad that they have.

As a result, the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been severely called into question, with expectations that he would be sacked following the Liverpool loss. However, as per Jason Burt of The Telegraph, the Norwegian has 3 games to save his job, the first of which is this clash.

The latest on Nuno Espirito Santo

With all of the spotlight falling firmly on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Nuno Espirito Santo’s struggles at Tottenham have gone somewhat under the radar.

Joining in the summer, the Portuguese coach got his Spurs career off to a flying start with a 1-0 win over Manchester City, but his side have stamped on the brakes since, picking up 12 points from 8 subsequent matches.

Results aside too, it is the style of play that is turning the lilywhite faithful against their latest coach, with Spurs failing to have a shot on target in the second half of their 1-0 defeat to West Ham, despite being behind for the better part of half an hour.

However, as per Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard:

“he is not thought to be in immediate danger with a defeat on Saturday, with an acceptance at Spurs that they are starting a new cycle which could take years to peak.”

Clearly then, Spurs fans will have to swallow their reservations and get used to seeing Nuno in the dugout a little longer, irrespective of the result this evening.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3

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