Jose Mourinho decisions hailed as Tottenham labelled ‘better’ than Man Utd and Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has made Tottenham a markedly better side than Arsenal and Manchester United with his recent dealings in the transfer market, Steve McManaman believes.

The Portuguese was one of the busier managers in the summer, acquiring the services of seven players.

Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty, Gareth Bale, Joe Rodon, Carlos Vinicius and Joe Hart all moved to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, much to the delight of the Spurs fan base.

The north Londoners’ summer acquisitions have impressed McMananaman, in particular, the year-long loan deal they struck with Real Madrid for Bale.

McManaman reckons the signing of Bale alone has made Tottenham serious top-four contenders and believes they’ll likely finish the season higher than their bitter rivals Arsenal and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s underwhelming United.

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They’re certainly not worse than Arsenal

Steve McManaman on Tottenham

“I definitely think he (Bale) can help Tottenham qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season,” McManaman said during a LiveScore event.

“When you look at the Premier League this year – are they better than Arsenal? They’re certainly not worse than Arsenal. Are they better than Manchester United? Well, yes for me they are, given the way they’re playing.

“I think the business that Jose Mourinho has done has been good, when you look at the players he’s brought in and the players he’s let go.

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“He’s got a bit more time to focus. He’ll certainly have them defensively stronger than they were and mentally stronger.

“As I’ve said, if Gareth stays fit then I certainly think they’ll qualify for the UEFA Champions League this year.”

Mourinho’s troops currently occupy second spot in the Premier League table, trailing pacesetters Leicester City by a solitary point.

Spurs have made a solid start to the 2020-21 campaign, winning five, drawing two and losing one of their first eight league fixtures.

They will, however, face their toughest test of the season so far on Saturday evening when they welcome title hopefuls Manchester City to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs got the better of Pep Guardiola’s side in their last meeting, running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-Min.

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