By the time Tottenham travels across London on Monday to Chelsea, keeping hold of second place could be the remaining target. Leicester beating United would ensure Tottenham cannot drop out of the top four, ensuring a return to the Champions League after six years.
A young, developing Tottenham team was not expected to be so high up in the standings at this stage of the season. Now the second-place London club remains on course for its highest finish in more than 50 years.
manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to commit his future to Tottenham, disclosing yesterday that he has verbally agreed to stay with the club until at least 2021.
Chelsea, which is preparing to hand the Premier League trophy over to Leicester, has not lost at home to Tottenham in any competition since February 1990.