Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld insists he expects to see an improved Manchester United when both sides meet on Sunday.
Spurs host United in the Premier League at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture after defeating the Red Devils 3-0 at the start of the season.
United look revitalized under the tutelage of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho last month, winning all five games under the Norwegian.
Tottenham host United looking to maintain their title challenge, which will serve as the biggest test of the Solskjaer era, and the Spurs players know that they will be facing a very different team from the one they dismantled at Old Trafford back in September.
“Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before,” Alderweireld, said according to the Independent.
“We know they have very good players and a very good team. Quality, with some special players. So we have to be tough to beat them. But we can be confident and prepare ourselves the best we can to be ready for them.”
Speaking about Lukaku’s revitalized form under Solskjaer, Alderweireld said: ““He scores so many goals all the time that people get used to it.”
“If for a period he does not score or things do not go his way, of course, he plays for a big team in the Premier League so everybody expects a lot of him. But he is coming back to form. He is an unbelievable striker. I have played with him in the national team for a couple of years and he is a great person, too.”
Alderweireld also revealed Spurs are determined to achieve something “special” this season.
“We are doing very well, although we can do better,” Alderweireld said.
“We have a hungry group who wants to play well and beat big teams. We want to do something special and that is normal. That desire is what you can see on the pitch. You see it every season we are out there. There is still some room to improve, though.”