Ten Hag: We must prevent Kane having a big impact

Wednesday 26 April 2023 12:58

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has praised Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane ahead of Thursday's crucial Premier League game in London.

The centre-forward was confirmed as his club's all-time top scorer earlier in the campaign, and also surpassed Wayne Rooney to become England's leading marksman in March.
And despite Tottenham's challenging campaign so far – notably, last weekend's damaging 6-1 defeat to Newcastle United – Kane has continued to excel. Spurs' no.9 was on target in the North East and will hope to add to the five goals he has already notched against United when the teams duke it out in the capital on Thursday.

But Erik is confident the Reds can minimise the dangerous striker, as we did during a confident 2-0 win in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford back in October.
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“It is quite clear his impact on the game from Spurs,” began the boss in his pre-match press conference at Carrington on Wednesday. 
“And we have a plan, of course, for that and in the home game we did very well. 
“So, yeah, for tomorrow, we need a very good plan as well. You have to defend as a team and he is a clever player, so don't allow him to come in the situations where he can have a big impact on the game.”
Ten Hag also acknowledged that United had to be collectively ready for a big effort from Tottenham, when we kick off at the hosts' 62,850-capacity stadium.

The Spurs players offered to refund the cost of their supporters' match tickets after the heavy defeat at St James' Park last Sunday, and Kane and co have vowed to give everything in attempt to respond to the setback.

Speaking in his media briefing, Erik told reporters that the Reds had to be ready for a 'mad' Spurs performance.

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“It's obvious they had a really bad defeat and, of course, they are mad and that can be fuel for bouncing back.
“But like I said, it is about us. An opponent can never be more hungry [than] we [are]. 
“That is how we have to prepare for the game and we have to be ready to go on the front foot and be dominant and dictate the game.”