CLASH: Toby and Lakaku

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld knows he will have to be at his best to stop Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku at Wembley on Sunday (6.30 pm).  

The Belgium teammates will go from friends to foes as in-form United chase a sixth win in a row under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a massive Premier League showdown.

After a dry spell at the start of the season under sacked boss Jose Mourinho, Lukaku has scored three goals in as many games since the Portuguese left. 

And Alderweireld says: “Romelu 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.”

Spurs beat United 3-0 in the league at Old Trafford earlier in the season, but Alderweireld, who was a transfer target of Mourinho in August, knows the Red Devils are a different beast now. 

But after beating Chelsea in the League Cup semifinal first leg in midweek, the Belgian is confident. 

He says: “Of course we know they will be in a better moment than they were before.

“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. Winning big games like Chelsea gives us confidence and shows us we are going the right way but I think we can improve a lot.”

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