Sir Alex Ferguson has highlighted the attacking threat Tottenham will pose his team when the two sides meet at White Hart Lane on Sunday and singled out Louis Saha in particular as one to watch.
The Manchester United manager signed Saha from Fulham in January 2004 and the Frenchman went on to score 42 goals in 124 appearances for the Red Devils before leaving for Everton in September 2008.
According to Ferguson, his sale was not motivated by any perceived lack of talent but because of his injury record.
Given the 33-year-old’s form for Spurs since his deadline day move he could be a good bet to score at any time against his former club at odds of 17/10.
This will also have been a factor in the decision of Everton manager David Moyes to allow Saha to join Tottenham in the January transfer window after three-and-a-half years at Goodison Park.
“He is a handful, no doubt about that. He’s got two great feet, he’s quick, he’s got a good spring in the air,” Ferguson told the Sun.
“He’s got tremendous talent, he just doesn’t play enough.”
Saha has repaid Spurs boss Harry Redknapp’s faith in him with three goals in his three league appearances in a Tottenham shirt and Ferguson is wary of the danger his former player is likely to cause his team should he start on Sunday.
And given the 33-year-old’s form for Spurs since his deadline day move he could be a good bet to score at any time against his former club at odds of 17/10.
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That said, Ferguson noted that Saha is not the only attacking option at Redknapp’s disposal, with the Scot also talking up the chances of Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor finding the back of the net.
Nevertheless, Man Utd are 29/20 favourites to beat Tottenham on Sunday, with a home success at 7/4 and a draw at 23/10 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
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