Tottenham looked set to be cruising to a convincing victory over West Ham, yet David Moyes' side produced a comeback for the ages in north London.

Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike in the 94th minute secured a 3-3 draw, against all odds.

The Hammers were 3-0 down in the 81st minute, but became the first side in Premier League history to avoid defeat having been behind by that scoreline that late in a match.

Lanzini's goal settled an enthralling contest, with Spurs having taken the lead inside 45 seconds thanks to Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane was the provider for Son's opener, and the South Korea star returned the favour seven minutes later – the duo have combined for eight Premier League goals this season already.

Only Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton (1992-93 & 1994-95) and Sheringham and Chris Armstrong (1995-96) have combined for more in a single Premier League season for Spurs (all nine).

Kane had his second with a close-range header in the 16th minute, and the England captain has now been directly involved in 12 top-flight goals this season, the highest number of direct goal involvements by a player after five fixtures of a single campaign.

With Spurs cruising, Gareth Bale was introduced with just under 20 minutes remaining, with the Welshman making his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham since May 2013, seven years and 152 days ago.

Yet it was to be West Ham who had the final say.

Fabian Balbuena's header got them off the mark with eight minutes of normal time remaining. He was teed up by Aaron Cresswell, who has provided 21 Premier League assists for West Ham; only Trevor Sinclair (25), Paolo Di Canio (31) and Mark Noble (35) have registered more for the club.

Spurs had won each of their previous 87 Premier League matches when leading by at least three goals, last dropping points from this position in a 5-3 defeat against Manchester United in September 2001, but Davinson Sanchez's own goal gave the Hammers real hope and, in incredible fashion, Lanzini thumped home a first-time strike from long range to seal a remarkable fightback.

"It is one those special moments in football. Like it was meant to be," West Ham's Declan Rice told Sky Sports. "Once we got one we felt we could get a draw, and it was a moment of brilliance from Manu.

"I can't imagine what it is like for Manu to score that. As soon as it has left his foot... you can see the reaction."

Tottenham looked set to be cruising to a convincing victory over West Ham, yet David Moyes' side produced a comeback for the ages in north London.

Manuel Lanzini's stunning strike in the 94th minute secured a 3-3 draw, against all odds.

The Hammers were 3-0 down in the 81st minute, but became the first side in Premier League history to avoid defeat having been behind by that scoreline that late in a match.

Lanzini's goal settled an enthralling contest, with Spurs having taken the lead inside 45 seconds thanks to Son Heung-min.

Harry Kane was the provider for Son's opener, and the South Korea star returned the favour seven minutes later – the duo have combined for eight Premier League goals this season already.

Only Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton (1992-93 & 1994-95) and Sheringham and Chris Armstrong (1995-96) have combined for more in a single Premier League season for Spurs (all nine).

Kane had his second with a close-range header in the 16th minute, and the England captain has now been directly involved in 12 top-flight goals this season, the highest number of direct goal involvements by a player after five fixtures of a single campaign.

With Spurs cruising, Gareth Bale was introduced with just under 20 minutes remaining, with the Welshman making his first Premier League appearance for Tottenham since May 2013, seven years and 152 days ago.

Yet it was to be West Ham who had the final say.

Fabian Balbuena's header got them off the mark with eight minutes of normal time remaining. He was teed up by Aaron Cresswell, who has provided 21 Premier League assists for West Ham; only Trevor Sinclair (25), Paolo Di Canio (31) and Mark Noble (35) have registered more for the club.

Spurs had won each of their previous 87 Premier League matches when leading by at least three goals, last dropping points from this position in a 5-3 defeat against Manchester United in September 2001, but Davinson Sanchez's own goal gave the Hammers real hope and, in incredible fashion, Lanzini thumped home a first-time strike from long range to seal a remarkable fightback.

"It is one those special moments in football. Like it was meant to be," West Ham's Declan Rice told Sky Sports. "Once we got one we felt we could get a draw, and it was a moment of brilliance from Manu.

"I can't imagine what it is like for Manu to score that. As soon as it has left his foot... you can see the reaction."

Tottenham star Harry Kane set a new Premier League record in the first half of Sunday's clash with West Ham.

Kane set up Son Heung-min to open the scoring in the first minute at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a fine long pass.

The England striker then scored two of his own in the next quarter of an hour, drilling an effort beyond Lukasz Fabianski from the edge of the box before heading in a pinpoint cross from Sergio Reguilon.

Spurs' flying start saw Kane reach 12 goal involvements (five scored, seven assisted) in his first five matches of the 2020-21 league season. No player has ever managed as many in their opening five games of a campaign in the Premier League era, with the previous best of 11 set by Thierry Henry for Arsenal in 2004-05.

The 27-year-old has been involved in a remarkable 23 goals in his most recent 12 competitive outings for Spurs, scoring 15 and assisting eight. He has managed at least one goal and one assist in each of his past three games.

Kane and Son's partnership continues to flourish. They have combined for 28 goals in the Premier League, the fourth most of any combination in the competition's history and only six goals behind record-holders Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba (36).

The duo have thrived under Jose Mourinho. Since he took charge last November, Kane (33) and Son (30) have had a direct hand in more goals in all competitions than any other players in England's top tier.

Gareth Bale is set to join a Tottenham attack which already has Harry Kane and Son Heung-min established as one of the most productive partnerships in Premier League history.

Wales international Bale is nearing his second debut for Spurs, whose fans are understandably excited about the impact he could have after signing on loan from Real Madrid.

Even without him, though, England captain Kane and South Korea star Son have made a magnificent start to the 2020-21 season, taking their past production to another level.

Ahead of Sunday's home London derby against West Ham, Opta data helps us to examine just how impressive the partnership between Kane and Son has been.

SENSATIONAL SEASON SO FAR

Kane and Son have combined with each other for six Premier League goals this season.

Son has scored five of those, including four in one match against Southampton last month, all of which were created by Kane, who later went on to score himself in a remarkable 5-2 win.

The first strike from Son came in first-half stoppage time and he had four by the 73rd minute after a remarkable spree that shook the Saints at St Mary's.

Two goals came with Son's left foot and the other two with his right, all set up by Kane to make it the first occasion in league history when one player had assisted another four times in a match.

With his goal, Kane became the first player to be directly involved in five strikes in a Premier League match since Mohamed Salah in March 2018.

Kane was also involved in five goals against Leicester City in 2017, meaning the England skipper was just the third player to achieve the feat for a second time - putting him in elite company with Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.

The Spurs duo's six shared goal involvements is double the second-best in this season's top flight, with their nearest challengers being Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins, who have combined for three goals at Aston Villa. No other partnership has combined for more than two.

It goes beyond goals, too. Kane and Son have created 13 chances for one another this season and, unlike the first category where Son goals account for the majority, this split is more even.

Kane has created seven chances for Son, five of which have been scored, while in turn being set up for six opportunities by his Spurs team-mate.

Next best in that category are Everton stars James Rodriguez and Richarlison - they have connected for a total of seven chances created.

For Kane, his individual production has already hit a historic rate. His three goals and six assists give him nine goal involvements over the first four matches of the season.

He has never recorded more than three involvements over his opening four starts in any of the five previous Premier League campaigns.

Given he only had two assists in the whole of last season, his creative streak is a particularly impressive development.

His team play has been acknolwedged by manager Jose Mourinho, who made a point of calling him man of the match against Southampton in multiple interviews, despite Son's goals grabbing the headlines.

ALREADY AMONG THE BEST

While this season has been spectacular, Kane and Son have also impressed with their link-up play in years gone by.

The Spurs forwards have directly combined for 26 Premier League goals since the signing of Son from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, building a superb understanding over the past five seasons.

Since Son's debut, no top-flight partnership has linked up for more goals.

Indeed, the prolific Kane is responsible for three of the top four partnerships in that time period, also combining regularly with Christian Eriksen (19) and Dele Alli (18).

The 26 goals from him and Son - two of which came in the 6-1 thumping of Manchester United last time out - is good enough for fifth all time in the Premier League.

Their total sits above some star-studded connections like Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero (20), Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney (20), as well as Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler (24).

They are just one goal away from the best Spurs duo in Premier League history, Darren Anderton and Teddy Sheringham, who connected for 27.

Also in their sights are the two combinations who are tied for second place.

David Silva and Aguero linked up for 29 goals before the Spaniard's Manchester City exit at the end of last season, the same tally recorded by Arsenal greats Robert Pires and Henry.

A more distant target is the Premier League's best-ever connection.

Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba combined directly for 36 goals, though they played in the same Chelsea team as each other for eight years.

Kane and Son are scoring at a faster rate, so if they both stay at the club as regular starters for over the next two or three seasons, they can reasonably be expected to take top spot down the line.

Harry Kane insists England do not have a discipline issue and expects Harry Maguire to bounce back after the defender's red card against Denmark. 

Having endured a difficult time on and off the field in recent months, Maguire was dismissed in the first half of the 1-0 Nations League loss after twice seeing yellow for lunging challenges. 

England's 10 men fell behind not long after the centre-back's departure, a dubious penalty allowing Christian Eriksen to score what proved to be the only goal of the contest. 

Debutant Reece James was also sent off after the final whistle at Wembley Stadium, becoming the first England debutant to suffer the ignominy as he was punished for dissent. 

It means England have received three red cards in a single calendar year for the first time in 2020, but captain Kane dismissed any suggestion of an underlying problem within the camp. 

"I don't think we've got a discipline issue," the Tottenham striker told Sky Sports. "It was a night where we put everything on the line. 

"I can't fault the boys in that aspect. It's a team where we've worked very hard to get the fans on our side. It's down to us to keep doing that on and off the pitch, being professional and being role models. 

"The fight we showed after the sending off was a great thing to be a part of." 

Maguire had missed the previous meeting with Denmark after being found guilty of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and attempted bribery at a misdemeanours court on the Greek island of Syros. He was granted an appeal - meaning the court's initial verdict was nullified - and is awaiting a full retrial. 

The 27-year-old has struggled at the start of the new Premier League season with Manchester United, who lost 6-1 at home to Tottenham before the international break. 

Kane, who scored twice in Spurs' stunning rout of the Red Devils at Old Trafford, was quick to offer support to his international team-mate. 

"There are a couple of challenges, of course, he'd like to have back," he said of Maguire's two bookings. 

"But it's all part of the learning curve and experience at international level. Obviously he'll be disappointed, but he will bounce back. He's had a great three or four years at the top level. 

"Football is all about working hard and I'm sure that's what he'll do." 

England manager Gareth Southgate was left confused by stories claiming he was on a collision course with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho regarding the fitness of Harry Kane.

Before the international break, Mourinho urged Southgate to use Kane sparingly across England's triple-header.

Spurs had endured a particularly gruelling schedule prior to Kane joining up with England, and the striker missed the friendly win over Wales due to a thigh issue.

But he featured for the final 24 minutes of Sunday's win over Belgium and Southgate indicated on Monday that the Tottenham talisman will start against Denmark this Wednesday.

A host of British media outlets subsequently suggested Southgate would incur the wrath of Mourinho with such a decision.

But Southgate is baffled by such thoughts, adamant that at no point has Kane been suffering from an injury, rather he was struggling with muscle fatigue.

"I don't really understand the story," Southgate told reporters. "He's been fully fit since the end of last week.

"He would've started the last game but didn't have enough training time. He's fit, available. I didn't really understand the stories that have been run.

"That's certainly not the conversation we've been having with Spurs medically, and not the conversation we've been having in camp.

"He hasn't had an injury. He was feeling muscle soreness, which often can happen, but no injury at any point.

"We don't risk players, we've never risked a player. Injuries during matches are unavoidable. We pride ourselves on looking after the players. We want them fit, as sharp as possible."

Kane is expected to be in Premier League action again with Spurs on Sunday as West Ham visit.

With three goals and six assists, Kane has more goal involvements than anyone else in the Premier League this term, two ahead of team-mate Son Heung-min.

Similarly, only Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah (both 14), Son (13) and James Rodriguez (12) have created more chances than Kane (11) in 2020-21, with the England striker beginning the campaign in electrifying form.

Gareth Southgate is hopeful star forward Harry Kane will be fit to start for England when they meet Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho called on Southgate not to use Kane in all three of England's fixtures during the international break, with Tottenham having had a congested start to the 2020-21 campaign.

Kane scored twice as Spurs dismantled Manchester United 6-1 in the Premier League on October 4, before reporting for England duty later that day.

However, the 27-year-old had a scan on a thigh issue and was not involved in a friendly match against Wales on Thursday, and started on the bench against Belgium on Sunday before replacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 66th minute.

Despite Mourinho's concerns, though, England boss Southgate is confident his captain will be able to start against the Danes on Wednesday.

"Well, medically, there's been conversations, because that would always be the case," Southgate told reporters when asked if England had been in contact with Spurs.

"He reported on the Sunday, we gave players that reported on Sunday, who weren't involved in the Wales game for us, we gave them two days' recovery.

"He started to train on the Wednesday, was a little unhappy with how he felt, so then worked with our medical team the next couple of days, we scanned just to be certain but it's a muscular fatigue issue rather than an injury, so it just needed a bit more confidence.

"He knew by then he could push on a little bit, but he just needed a bit more confidence in it, and so his training week really wasn't suitable to start the game.

"I think he'll have gained more confidence from the spell he had against Belgium, and so all being well, we hope he'll be good to start on Wednesday."

It is not difficult to understand Mourinho's concerns, given Spurs' reliance on their star forward.

Kane made 29 league appearances last season, missing nine matches in the top flight.

Of the games he missed, Tottenham won just three, scoring 12 goals in total, compared to 49 goals and 13 victories with Kane in the side, while he already has three top-flight goals and six assists to his name this term.

Spurs' next Premier League outing comes on Sunday, with Mourinho's men hosting London rivals West Ham.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has started 2020-21 in outstanding form for Everton, leading to the possibility of an England debut in the coming days. 

Having managed nine goals in six appearances across all competitions this season, Calvert-Lewin is the leading scorer in Europe's top five leagues. 

He leads a list which also includes Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, Bayern Munich great Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. 

Calvert-Lewin's reward is a first call up to the England senior squad ahead of the friendly with Wales, which is followed by Nations League clashes with Belgium and Denmark. 

But just how does Calvert-Lewin compare to his England team-mates, and what are the numbers behind his brilliant run under Carlo Ancelotti? 

THE FERGUSON FACTOR AND CARLO'S MAGIC TOUCH

A wiry and energetic youngster, Calvert-Lewin's versatility and work ethic may have set him back in his early years at Everton, with Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce all utilising the forward in a variety of positions. Indeed, new Barcelona boss Koeman even deployed Calvert-Lewin as a wing-back in Everton's opening league match of 2017-18.

Whether as a foil for Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Rooney or Cenk Tosun in those first two campaigns, Calvert-Lewin often played second fiddle to another striker and his goal figures reflected as much. He managed four in 28 appearances under Koeman, three in 19 under Allardyce and two in eight with Unsworth in temporary charge. 

Marco Silva's tenure brought about Calvert-Lewin's first real chance to grasp his place as Everton's starting striker. He played 54 games and scored 13 times – averaging a goal every 209 minutes under the former Hull City boss, though consistency still alluded him, with his main task being to stretch opposing defences to benefit team-mates Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. 

Yet Silva's departure after a dismal derby defeat to Liverpool last December signalled a change in fortunes for Calvert-Lewin, as Everton legend Duncan Ferguson called on the club's number nine to deliver. 

"To have someone who's been there and done it to bounce ideas off him has been invaluable, I couldn't thank him enough," Calvert-Lewin said of Ferguson in an interview with Everton's website. "He knows me well enough now to know when I need an arm around me, or need a pointer here or there." 

He has hardly looked back since and, after scoring a double in Ferguson's first game in charge, Calvert-Lewin swiftly became a key figure for Ancelotti. 

Since Ancelotti took over on December 22, 2019, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (18) has scored more Premier League goals than the 23-year-old, who has 17 – level with Kane.

A FRESH START 

While Everton's form pre-lockdown ticked up under Ancelotti, the Toffees managed just three wins from their nine matches after the restart, with Calvert-Lewin failing to add to his 13 goals. 

Tame displays against Tottenham, Wolves and Bournemouth on the final day forced the club's hand, with Ancelotti overseeing a rebuild of the engine room in the transfer window – Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure bringing athleticism and nous, with James Rodriguez providing a much-needed sprinkling of stardust. 

With a revamped midfield behind him, Calvert-Lewin has scored in every appearance he has made bar one, against Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup. 

Since the restart in June, Calvert-Lewin has made 15 appearances and netted nine goals in all competitions, scoring on average a goal every 132 minutes. That is a better rate than Vardy (139) and Salah (144), though some way behind his fellow England forwards Kane (15 goals, averaging out at one every 92 minutes) and Raheem Sterling (14 and 97). 

His Ferguson-esque header against Brighton and Hove Albion moved him to seven headed league goals since the start of last season, more than any other player, while he scored two hat-tricks in successive Goodison Park appearances prior to Everton's 4-2 win over the Seagulls.

MOVING ON UP

It was no surprise to see Calvert-Lewin included in the England squad, but he must now prove himself on the international stage. 

Since Ancelotti arrived at Everton, Ollie Watkins is the only Englishman currently playing in the Premier League to have scored more than Calvert-Lewin, though 13 of Watkins' goals in that period came in the Championship for Brentford. 

Kane, with 17 goals from 21 appearances, has matched the Everton player’s output, while Manchester City star Sterling has 16 in 31. 

Danny Ings has been a real success story over the past year but the Southampton forward has managed two fewer goals than Calvert-Lewin, while 2019-20 Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy sits on 11, equal with Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood and West Ham's Michail Antonio. 

Across Europe, Calvert-Lewin is the frontrunner as it stands, with his nine goals in 475 minutes played in 2020-21 leading the way across the continent's top five leagues. 

Kane and Hoffenheim's Andrej Kramaric are hot on his heels with eight each, while Son has seven to his name – though the Spurs duo have both played more minutes, 569 and 478 respectively. 

Bundesliga stars Haaland and Lewandowski have five apiece, with Salah – who goes head-to-head with Calvert-Lewin in the Merseyside derby on October 17 – also managing five from six games so far this term.

Now, Gareth Southgate needs to work out a way to get the best out of Calvert-Lewin with England, just as Ancelotti has at club level.

Luke Shaw insists Manchester United's players will take full responsibility for their humbling 6-1 defeat to Tottenham.

United, who had Anthony Martial sent off and were 4-1 down by half-time, lost with a whimper at Old Trafford on Sunday, suffering their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat.

Two goals apiece from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane and strikes from Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier did the damage for Spurs, as Jose Mourinho inflicted a humiliating result on his former club.

Shaw, who was somewhat fortunate not to receive a red card for a lunge on Lucas Moura late on, conceded there are no excuses.

"A lack of concentration, sloppiness, a mistake, another mistake, even more mistakes," Shaw told Sky Sports.

"The red card didn't help but even after the first goal we switched off. It really hurts. A club like Manchester United shouldn't be losing, and they shouldn't be losing in this way so it really hurts and it's kind of embarrassing because I feel like we've let a lot of people down today.

"We let ourselves down and the staff down, it really hurts.

"Whoever's on the pitch, whatever the scoreline is, the players on the pitch are the ones who have to take the responsibility.

"We get given tactics, responsibilities that players need to do but when you're on the pitch the manager can give advice, but we're on the pitch.

"We have very high standards. We have that quality but it hasn't been showing. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror individually but as a team collectively we're nowhere near it at the moment."

While United's camp were left to reflect on their miserable performance, Spurs talisman Kane lauded Tottenham's ruthless streak, with the hosts having initially taken the lead through Bruno Fernandes' spot-kick.

"We got off to the worst possible start. But we felt good before the game, everyone was ready for a fight," Kane, who has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions for Spurs, told Sky Sports.

"Our reaction showed that, getting two goals. Getting the third and fourth changed the game, then it was about staying focused and taking our chances when they came.

"We felt really good before the game. It was the worst start but the way we reacted showed the mindset we were in."

Son Heung-min and Harry Kane starred as Tottenham inflicted a joint-worst home Premier League defeat on 10-man Manchester United, who were hammered 6-1 at Old Trafford.

The woeful Red Devils conceded four home first-half goals in the Premier League for the first time having taken a second-minute lead through Bruno Fernandes' penalty.

Tanguy Ndombele levelled before Kane brilliantly set up Son to put Tottenham ahead before the favour was returned shortly after Anthony Martial was sent off, the Frenchman retaliating by striking Erik Lamela in the face after he appeared to be caught by a straw arm himself.

Son had a deserved second prior to the break, before the brilliant Serge Aurier added a fifth and Kane's late penalty meant the scoreline matched United's 6-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City in October 2011 and completed a joy-of-six return for ex-Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

Fernandes rolling in the early spot-kick after Davinson Sanchez clumsily chopped down Martial was as good as it got for United.

Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly's woeful defending allowed Ndombele to smash home via a deflection and Son brilliantly dinked over David de Gea after Kane's quick-thinking at a free-kick caught United's defence cold.

Martial's red card for raising a hand to the face of Lamela preceded more abject defending, with Bailly picked off by Kane before the England striker stroked home Son's return pass.

Remarkably it was 4-1 when Son got the run on Bailly to prod in Aurier's low centre before the break.

Aurier then drilled in Spurs' fifth after collecting Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's exquisite throughball at the end of a fine team move.

Paul Pogba, who failed to track Aurier for the fifth, completed a miserable outing by crudely bringing down Ben Davies, allowing Kane to lash home his second from the spot.


What does it mean? United need reinforcements, but is it too late?

It was evident well before this game that United needed to add bodies, with only Donny van de Beek signed thus far, but with the window closing on Monday time is in extremely short supply.

A lengthy pursuit of Jadon Sancho has not come off and rumours Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani are close to signing really could do with coming to fruition. A new centre-back would not go amiss either.

Kane and Son shine for scintillating Spurs

Mourinho's first return to Old Trafford as Spurs boss ended in a 2-1 defeat last December but his superstar forwards meant it was a much happier occasion for the Portuguese this time.

Kane and Son have now combined for 26 Premier League goals, the fifth-most of any duo in the competition's history and the most of any current pairing. At times they were unplayable.

United's defence all at sea

For as good as Kane and Son were, United's centre-backs of Maguire and Bailly were equally poor but full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw were just as culpable.

The mind-boggling defending for the first was only the tip of the iceberg, with Wan-Bissaka and Maguire caught out for Spurs' second. Bailly cheaply gave away the third and Shaw – who squandered possession 16 times - was absolutely nowhere for the fourth.

What's next?

Spurs will look to continue their momentum at home to West Ham after the international break, while Solskjaer's men have to quickly lick their wounds ahead of a trip to Newcastle United.

Wayne Rooney has questioned Manchester United's "odd" approach of making Jadon Sancho their number one transfer target rather than Harry Kane.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has insisted Sancho will not be sold before the transfer window closes on Monday.

United have been unwilling to meet the Bundesliga club's €120million (£108m) asking price for the England winger, so the 20-year-old is set to remain in Germany.

It emerged this weekend that United are closing in on signing former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

Rooney believes they should have gone all in for Tottenham and England frontman Kane, who will face United in a Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

"Jadon Sancho is a top player, but I find it odd that he has been Manchester United's transfer priority," Rooney, who is United's record goalscorer, said in his column for The Sunday Times.

"Why consider paying close to £100million for someone similar to talent you've got already? United have Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial and where would Sancho's arrival leave Mason Greenwood, who plays in the same position and is of similar age?

"I'd rather put that £100million towards trying to get Harry Kane. Yes, getting Kane out of Tottenham would be difficult, maybe impossible, but United are a club who should always make an effort to sign the very best players and Kane is exactly what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs, as is Erling Haaland, who United missed out on last year - a genuine number nine.

"A Kane or Haaland or someone like Robert Lewandowski would give Rashford and Martial someone to play off and freedom to roam into different areas, pick the ball up and try to beat men - without the burden of always having to score."

Tottenham have found a back-up for Harry Kane as Carlos Vinicius gets another chance in a top-five European league.

Benfica announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement to loan the forward to Spurs until the end of the season.

Tottenham also have a purchase option of £41million (€45m), minus the loan amount of £2.7million (€3m) should they decide to use it.

Jose Mourinho has his back-up for one of the Premier League's best forwards in Kane.

Using Opta data, we take a look at how Carlos Vinicius fared in 2019-20.

 

A prolific Primeira Liga campaign

Carlos Vinicius enjoyed the most prolific season of his career in 2019-20, scoring 18 Primeira Liga goals and 22 in all competitions.

The forward was the equal top-scorer in Portugal's top flight as Benfica finished runners-up to rivals Porto.

Carlos Vinicius started in 19 of his 32 league appearances, and he scored at an impressive rate with a goal every 99 minutes. Albeit in the stronger Premier League, Kane – who also netted 18 times – struck every 143.8 minutes, although his tally included two penalties.

A strong left-footer, Carlos Vinicius scored all 18 of his league goals from inside the box and converted 44 per cent of his big chances, which ranked fifth in the Primeira Liga of those who had a minimum of 20.

In comparison, Kane scored 15 of his 18 Premier League goals last season from inside the box but converted 63.2 per cent of his 19 big chances. However, the England international was clinical. Only Southampton forward Danny Ings (63.6) went at a better rate in the Premier League of those who had at least 19 big chances.

Closer to Carlos Vinicius' 44 per cent in the Premier League was Raheem Sterling, the Manchester City star going at 42.4 per cent from a total of 33 big chances.

After several consistent and reliable seasons, Kane was sidelined during 2019-20 due to a hamstring injury. The forward made at least 30 league appearances in four consecutive campaigns before 2018-19.

Carlos Vinicius also created eight big chances and provided five assists last Primeira Liga season, while his goals tally could have been even greater if not for hitting the woodwork three times.

He had few opportunities in the Champions League as Benfica departed in the group stage, finishing behind RB Leipzig and Lyon in Group G.

Carlos Vinicius scored once – in a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena – in one of his only two big chances. He started just three times in the Champions League.

His previous stints in Europe's top five leagues – briefly with Napoli, where he did not make a competitive appearance, and Monaco – have not gone to plan.

But Mourinho has a solid back-up for Kane, and an option to make it permanent should Carlos Vinicius impress in London.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho responded to Gareth Southgate in their public jousting over Harry Kane, joking that he will not use the England captain in "one minute of any friendly match" this season. 

England manager Southgate recently hit back at Mourinho after the Spurs head coach urged his counterpart not to overuse Kane in the upcoming international games.

The Three Lions have three fixtures coming up in October, with a friendly against Wales taking place on October 8 before Nations League games against Belgium and Denmark.

Spurs have had a congested start to the 2020-21 season, with their 7-2 Europa League win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday their seventh game of the campaign already. 

Kane plundered a hat-trick against the Israeli side to book Spurs' place in the Europa League group stages and Mourinho was not in the mood to back down on his stance of how his talismanic forward should be used on international duty.

"His match was a fundamental match for us," he told a media conference. "A match that means a few million pounds and means that we are in a group phase of a competition that we have ambitions for. 

"What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland [England assistant manager] and Gareth is not to be jealous. I can promise that until the end of the season I won't play Harry Kane in one minute of any friendly match."

Spurs were electric in attack at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a Giovani Lo Celso brace and goals from Lucas Moura and Dele Alli securing a memorable win.

It was Netherlands international Steven Bergwijn, however, that caught Mourinho's eye with a display full of direct running and incisive passing. 

"The team needs that, playing against a team that was pressing so high and giving space in behind," Mourinho said.

"He was very, very important. He didn't lose the ball. He dropped, he got the ball, he beat people. He was really good. I am sorry for him that he did not score. A very good performance. 

"Physically he is getting better, he is getting sharper. We have incredible options in the attacking positions and we are very happy."

Mourinho faces a quick turnaround now to get his players ready for a Premier League clash with former side Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Tottenham booked their spot in the Europa League group stages after Harry Kane's hat-trick helped them to a thumping 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.  

Playing their third game in just five days, only Toby Alderweireld and Steven Bergwijn kept their places in the starting XI from the side that beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. 

Tjaronn Chery's wonderful long-range strike cancelled out Kane's second-minute opener but a Lucas Moura header and two goals from Giovani Lo Celso effectively put the game to bed by half-time.  

Nikita Rukavytsya and Kane exchanged goals from the penalty spot shortly after the interval before the England captain's third, plus a late Dele Alli penalty, ensured Spurs booked their place in Friday's draw. 

Jose Mourinho's men started in blistering fashion, taking the lead after just 92 seconds when an unmarked Kane turned home Ben Davies' cross from four yards.  

The visitors responded superbly to that early setback and grabbed a deserved equaliser after 17 minutes, Chery thundering into Joe Hart's top corner.  

Their joy was short-lived, however, as Lucas rose highest at the near post to flick Bergwijn's corner past Josh Cohen for his second goal of the season three minutes later.  

Lo Celso then scored twice in the space of three minutes before the break, first whipping inside Cohen's right-hand post from 12 yards and then lifting over the beleaguered goalkeeper from close range after being found by Kane.  

Rukavytsya pulled one back for the visitors in the 52nd minute after Matt Doherty was penalised for handling inside the area, although Kane restored Spurs' advantage four minutes later after Ernest Mabouka had been adjudged to have blocked Davies' cross with his arm. 

Kane then completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute, clipping over Cohen after wonderful work down the left from the impressive Bergwijn, before substitute Alli slotted home a stoppage-time penalty after an audacious piece of skill drew a foul from Bogdan Planic.


 

The goals continued to flow in the Premier League at the weekend, but not quite at the same rate as the previous matchday had seen.

There was a first for Pep Guardiola as Manchester City were thumped 5-2 by Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium, while Manchester United overcame Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 in a thriller that was decided by a penalty scored after the final whistle.

Chelsea came back from three goals down to earn a point at West Brom, while West Ham put four past Wolves and kept a clean sheet despite manager David Moyes not being present due to a positive coronavirus test.

Not everyone stayed on brand, though. Leeds United's first two games included 14 goals but they only edged out Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane, while Southampton beat Burnley by the same scoreline.

Still, at least there wasn't a single 0-0!

With the help of Opta, we took a look at some of the more unusual stats to have emerged over the weekend.
 

PROLIFIC WITHOUT PENALTIES

Richarlison took his Premier League tally to 32 goals in Everton's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace, but it was his first from the penalty spot. It is far from unusual for an attacker to rack up an impressive number of strikes without the assistance of spot-kicks, though. Les Ferdinand is the most prolific forward to not score a single penalty in the Premier League, with none of his 149 top-flight goals coming from the spot. In fact, rather than Richarlison, it's another player on Merseyside among the leaders in this category. Sadio Mane has scored 86 goals in the Premier League and not a single one was a penalty, putting him fourth on the list behind Emile Heskey (110) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91).

KANE CHASING HENRY AND CESC

Harry Kane may have only scored one league goal this season, but the England captain has undoubtedly been in fine form. By setting up Lucas Moura's opener in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle United on Sunday he became only the third player to supply five assists across the opening three matchdays of a Premier League season – a feat only previously achieved by Ruel Fox for the Magpies in 1994-95 and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for United in 2017-18. Another assist against the Red Devils this weekend would see Kane match Thierry Henry (2004-05) and Cesc Fabregas (2014-15) with six from four matchdays, while two would be a new Premier League record.

WOLVES' PORTU-GEEZERS

A lot has been made of Jorge Mendes' influence at Wolves, which has seen an influx of Portuguese talent at Molineux. The latest such addition is defender Nelson Semedo, who became the 14th Portuguese player to appear in the Premier League for Wolves by debuting in the 4-0 loss to West Ham on Sunday. It is far from the greatest affinity between a Premier League club and players from a specific country, though. The 27 Frenchmen to turn out for Arsenal represents a joint record alongside Sunderland's 27 Irish players. Another appearance by a player from France would see Newcastle (26) draw level as well.

686 AND OUT

City's 5-2 hammering at the hands of City on Sunday represented the first time in 686 games as a manager that Guardiola has seen one of his teams concede five goals. Among Premier League title-winning bosses still active in the top flight, Guardiola lasted the longest by some distance. Carlo Ancelotti first saw one of his teams ship five in his 106th game as a coach (Parma's 5-2 loss to Sampdoria in January 1998), while it happened to Jurgen Klopp in his 209th match (Mainz's 6-1 defeat to Werder Bremen in October 2006). The first time it happened to Mourinho was in his 471st game, when Guardiola's Barcelona claimed a 5-0 victory over Real Madrid in November 2010.

INGS-DEPENDENT

Danny Ings was one goal away from sharing the Golden Boot with Jamie Vardy last season and he's continued his prolific form in 2020-21, scoring three times in as many top-flight appearances. Since the start of last season Ings has scored 25 of Southampton's 54 Premier League goals, which equates to 46 per cent. No other team has been as dependent on a single goalscorer, though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (23 of 61 - 38 per cent) and Jamie Vardy (28 of 79 - 35 per cent) are in close contention.

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