February 21, 2018

Lasagne on the menu at White Hart Lane

15 May 2017, 12:56 | Marlene Fleming

Jose Mourinho has shuffled his pack for this afternoon's Premier League clash, making eight changes to his side to face Tottenham Hotspur in the last-ever game at White Hart Lane (kick-off 16:30 BST).

As the final whistle sounded to confirm Tottenham's highest finish for 54 years, hundreds of fans invaded the pitch to celebrate a memorable finale.

A season to savour for Tottenham saw them go unbeaten at home in the league for the first time in over 50 years. A small thing, perhaps, but the people who cherish this old stadium should embrace the fact it has reached its endgame with the best statistics of any ground in the country.

Sunday was the 2,533rd and final match at White Hart Lane. I said earlier in the week if I could get the victor it would be special.

At the finish of the season in front of Manchester United was the choice, or give all the forces to the championship in the fight for the 4th line, or try to win the Europa League, which will automatically give a ticket to the Champions League for the next season, as well as the opportunity to play in the European Super Cup.

On reaching the Europa League final: "In the end, when the game was hard, when they were better than us and we were in trouble and not playing well, it was that mentality, that desire, that togetherness that made the boys fight until the end. Because all together we worked so hard together to achieve all that we have achieved this season". White Hart Lane is a special place for us and it will be sad to say goodbye to this famous old stadium. So it's difficult, difficult, but we know what we are doing. "Third, second and hopefully next season we'll be No. 1". We created a very special feeling among ourselves.

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"We, Manchester United, for us it is more important to win titles than to finish top four".

United captain Rooney agreed with Mourinho in that Tottenham had more motivation going into the game. Four of the seven games since have finished 0-0 (L3).

They now hold a five point advantage over third-placed Manchester City, and a win over Manchester United could ensure it is not possible for them to be overtaken.

A record-equalling 14th successive home league victory only underlines the club's progress and promise. Harry Kane is the 7/2 favourite to score first with Marcus Rashford priced as the biggest threat for the visitors at 13/2 to break the deadlock.

Wayne Rooney halved the deficit with the last goal at the Lane and Mourinho insisted afterwards that he did not prioritise the competition, again criticised United's fixture schedule and said a top-four finish was less important to his team than silverware.

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