Spurs and England talisman Harry Kane has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer.
Erik ten Hag was not interested in commenting on a possible Manchester United transfer for Harry Kane, but did speak up about the striker’s obvious threat ahead of their clash with Tottenham.
Kane had another stellar season for Spurs, scoring 26 goals, 24 of them in the Premier League, although his future is likely to be up in the air again this summer. United are favourites to sign the England captain, who turns 30 in July and has less than 18 months on his contract.
Ten Hag’s side will travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday evening, looking for the advantage in the race for Champions League qualification. United are currently six points clear of a beleaguered Spurs side, who sacked interim manager Cristian Stellini this week, and have played two more games. Ryan Mason will take command on Thursday.
Ten Hag was asked about Kane’s qualities during his pre-match press conference. He said: “It’s pretty clear his influence on the Spurs game, we have a plan for that and [in] the home game we did very well so we also need a very good plan for tomorrow [Thursday].
“You have to defend as a team, he’s a smart player, don’t let him get into those situations, he can influence the game a lot.”
It also appears that despite their huge points advantage over Spurs, United are refusing to be complacent as Ten Hag is adamant the game is vital for the front four.
Reports on Wednesday suggest United may be reluctant to open talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over Kane. Levy is a notoriously tough negotiator, although Kane himself could push for the move if Tottenham don’t play in the Champions League next season, as they likely will. He is also strongly associated with Bayern Munich.
Man Utd boss Ten Hag admits Kane admiration
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has admitted his admiration for Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
United go to Spurs tomorrow night, with Kane again being linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.
Ten Hag said, “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.
“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.”