Tottenham head coach Pochettino looking forward to United game

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Tottenham boss believes extra rest time will benefit his side.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated his side could not win away to Liverpool at the weekend, but believes they will be better equipped to win against Manchester United at the weekend.

Pochettino told Tottenham's official website that he expects his side to produce an improved performance against the Red Devils.

He attributes this to increased preparation time, with the international break meaning players arrived back late to Tottenham last week, with limited opportunity to get set for the trip to Anfield.

With regular Europa League involvement and domestic cup competitions now out of the way due to their elimination, Tottenham should have a clear midweek schedule now moving forwards.

Pochettino said: "Now we have a few days to recover and try to prepare for United. It’s important because we only really had one day to prepare for Liverpool. International weeks can be difficult, 90 per cent of the players are away but now we have six games left in six weeks and time to prepare the players.

Top scorer and talisman Harry Kane echoed his sentiments, adding: "We haven’t had many clear weeks this season. We’ve had a lot of midweek games but it will be nice to have a bit of recovery time and then work hard to try to get the three points against United on Sunday."

The same token of course applies to opponents Manchester United, who themselves have been playing midweek games in various competitions.

The different for United is that they visit Spurs, knowing they must play away to West Ham days later in the FA Cup quarter final replay, which could affect Louis van Gaal in his team selection, potentially benefitting title chasing Tottenham.

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