BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.

Tottenham Hotspur travel to take on Manchester United in the Premier League this afternoon.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April 4, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will play out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford this afternoon.

United head into the game needing to hit back from last weekend's first defeat of the season, having been beaten 2-1 away at Huddersfield Town in a shock loss.

With just one point claimed from the last two Premier League outings, United have slipped off Manchester City in the race for the title, and they've even been caught up in second place.

Those dropped points and two wins for Tottenham Hotspur against Bournemouth and Liverpool mean that Mauricio Pochettino's men now sit level on points with the Red Devils in second place.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur and Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United both gesture during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham...

Pochettino saw his side hammer Liverpool 4-1 in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, but the 3-2 midweek defeat to West Ham United – a game which Spurs led 2-0 – has dampened spirits.

Add in that star striker and top goalscorer Harry Kane is set to miss the game with a hamstring injury, and Spurs fans would be forgiven for heading into the game with a certain sense of pessimism.

Ahead of this afternoon's encounter, pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks the game will end 1-1, suggesting that a point would be a good result for Spurs or any other top six team.

Lawrenson added that United are at a crossroads after one point from two games, and they need to show a strong performance in order to get their Premier League title hopes back on track.

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.

“I was at United's defeat at Huddersfield last week and the worrying thing for me about it was that Mourinho's side had no fight about them in the first half,” said Lawrenson. “It was a horrible day in the wind and rain and, to begin with, the Terriers were the only team that turned up. They got really tight on United and, apart from David de Gea in goal, no-one performed for them - they were like the invisible team. United were better on Tuesday in their win over Swansea in the Carabao Cup, though, and I am expecting another improvement from them this weekend.

“This is a little bit of a crossroads game for United, more than it is for Spurs. Mourinho's side made a really good start and had 20 points from their first eight games, including their draw at Anfield - which I thought was a decent result by the way. But then they lost at Huddersfield and if they fall over again here then they could be eight points behind City, who go to West Brom on Saturday.”

“Tottenham, who are level on points with United, have title aspirations of their own of course - and this is a big week for them as they host Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday. A draw at Old Trafford would be a good result for them. For any of the top six teams. If they can go away to one of their direct rivals and get a point, I think they will be happy with that,” he added.

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