Manchester United host a in-form Tottenham Hotspur side in an eagerly-anticipated Premier League on Saturday and Red Devils midfielder Jesse Lingard wants teams to be intimated when they visit Old Trafford.
“A lot of people have said that. Teams that come here are scared to play, and that’s the vibe we want to give off,” Lingard told MUTV.
“It’s all about getting that consistency now – it’s obviously a huge game at the weekend, Lingard continued as he added,”If we can get the win it’s a huge marker to set down and we need everyone in the squad ready to do that.”
Lingard, who scored a brace in mid-week to guide United past Swansea City in the Carabao Cup, admitted that facing Spurs at home will be a litmus test of their title credentials.
United have a 100 per cent record at home in the Premier League and are yet to concede at the Theatre of Dreams this season.
However, Spurs have won all their away games this season and despite losing star striker Harry Kane to injury, will approach the Saturday’s clash with plenty of confidence.
“They’re doing really well right now – they’re third in the league, right behind us,” the 24-year-old said as he added, “So, it’ll be an interesting game with a lot of quality players on show”.
Manchester City are threatening to runaway with the Premier League title and currently hold a five-point lead over both United and Spurs. The Sky Blues travel to West Bromwich Albion and are widely expected to beat the Baggies.
So the pressure will be on the Red Devils and the Lilywhites to secure maximum points as a draw would most likely see them fall further behind Pep Guardiola’s side and Lingard stressed on the importance of securing the win.
“We’ve got to concentrate on what we’ve got to do – and that’s to win the game. Sometimes we’ve been in big games where we’ve not performed as well as we’d have wanted, but we’ve won the game, and the most important thing is to get all three points.”