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Spurs vs United: Ten Hag wary of Kane threat, raises doubt about Fernandes

MANCHESTER United manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that he is worried about Harry Kane ahead of the Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur in London tomorrow night.

Ten Hag’s side and Spurs are locked in a battle for a top four spot, with United currently in fourth place and their hosts two spots and six points behind.

Kane is the second top scorer in the Premier League with 24 goals and Spurs are banking on him to fire them to a crucial victory tomorrow.

“It’s quite clear what his impact on the game is. We have a plan for that and in the home game we did very well. So, for tomorrow we need a very good plan as well,” Ten Hag said during his pre-match press conference today when asked about Kane’s threat.

“You have to defend as a team. He’s a clever player, you don’t allow him to come into the situations, as he can have a big impact on the game.”

However, while Ten Hag recognises the importance of the match, he insisted he will stick to his game plan, regardless of Kane.

“It’s very important. You see the table,” he added. “It’s quite clear, but our approach will not change.

“Our approach is we want to win every game, it doesn’t matter who the opponent is.”

Manchester United midfielder and one of their most important players, Bruno Fernandes, limped off in extra-time during Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final win over Brighton, and Ten Hag said he could miss tomorrow’s encounter.

“It’s more often than not that players get protected as a preventative. But it has to settle down,” he explained.

“He played a full game but it (the injury) happened in the first-half. Tomorrow is quick, so we will have to see what’s possible.”

Tottenham Hotspur sacked interim manager Cristian Stellini and installed Ryan Mason in his place following Sunday’s 6-1 defeat at Newcastle United, but Ten Hag is not expecting an easy match.

He said: “It was not so often ago that we had to bounce back, it happens with all the great teams, Real Madrid, huh?

“It’s obvious they had a really bad defeat, of course they are mad and that can be fuel for bouncing backing.

“It’s about us and an opponent can never be more hungry than us. That is how we have to prepare for the game and make sure we go on the front foot, be dominant and dictate the game.”

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