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Why Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has two huge reasons to thank Newcastle for Tottenham thrashing

Joe Adams

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Why Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag has two huge reasons to thank Newcastle for Tottenham thrashing

Newcastle's 6-1 thrashing of Tottenham won't just please Eddie Howe, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag may have also had a wry smile on his face at full-time.

Harry Kane managed to pull one back in the second half, but Callum Wilson soon cancelled that out, as Newcastle leapfrogged Manchester United into third place on goal difference.

The victory saw the Magpies take a significant step towards Champions League qualification, putting a major dent in Tottenham's European hopes.

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But on a day of elation for Newcastle fans, Red Devils supporters may also have something to cheer about.

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The result cements Manchester United's place in the top four, as Ten Hag has a game in hand over Newcastle and the opportunity to go nine points clear of Tottenham, who they play next in the league.

However, Newcastle's win could also have a knock-on effect on Ten Hag's transfer plans.

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How Tottenham defeat could affect Man Utd

Kane has long been rumoured with a move away from north London, with the striker eager to win a trophy before his career comes to an end.

And Tottenham's heavy defeat to Newcastle could be the last straw which convinces Kane to pursue a move elsewhere.

It is thought the England skipper is keen to play in the Champions League and by missing out, the club may be forced to part ways with their all-time top-scorer.

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Meanwhile, Old Trafford has been tipped as a potential destination for the 29-year-old, with Ten Hag in the market for an elite number nine this summer.

Indeed, Kane is likely to want to stay in England as he seeks to break Alan Shearer's all-time Premier League scoring record, making United an attractive proposition.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is likely to play hardball over any potential deal, but the club may have lost leverage in negotiations following their humiliating defeat.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports/Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Harry Kane, Erik Ten Hag, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Transfers, Football, Premier League

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