Mark Lawrenson predicts Manchester United v Tottenham, comments on Harry Kane's future

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Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United will beat Tottenham this weekend.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has written in his BBC Sport prediction column that Manchester United will beat Tottenham 2-0 this weekend.

The start of the season is finally here, and the big clash of the weekend is first up as Spurs travel to Old Trafford to take on Louis van Gaal's Red Devils.

The two teams met back in March, with United running out 3-0 winners in a comfortable victory - but plenty has changed since then.

United have splashed the cash again this summer, bringing in Sergio Romero, Mattia Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, and much is expected of Van Gaal's men this term.

Just like last season against Swansea, United open the Premier League season - and pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that United won't suffer a repeat of that 2-1 loss, whilst he also made remarks about the future of Tottenham star Harry Kane, who hit 21 Premier League goals last term.

"United need another striker and they are being linked with Tottenham's Harry Kane," said Lawrenson. "If they get him, it would be a gamble because he has only really had one season in the Premier League. It was a very good one, but history tells me that it will be far more difficult for him in his next campaign."

"As far as the game is concerned, I am not expecting a repeat of the opening day of last season when United started poorly and lost at home to Swansea. That was Louis van Gaal's first game in English football. Even if his squad still needs some work, he will be ready this time. Van Gaal has made a few good signings already and this time I think United will hit the ground running," he added.

With many backing United to get off to a winning start, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to prove the doubters wrong and claim a surprise win at Old Trafford - and if Spurs are to win, you can bet that Harry Kane will be integral in that.

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