Tottenham striker Harry Kane says his team smelled an opportunity when they visited Manchester United on Saturday.

Spurs head to Old Trafford for a crucial clash in the race to qualify for the Champions League and the two teams could not have had different results over the football weekend.

Kane produced a dazzling two-goal performance as Antonio Conte’s side beat Everton 5-0 on Monday night while United were beaten 4-1 in the Manchester derby, prompting inquiries which will continue for most of the week.

The England captain is wary of an answer but says there is a chance of a win which would see his side climb above United in the league and also have two games in hand.

Kane said: “United are still one of the best teams in the league. Obviously they had a disappointing result this weekend.

“There will always be a reaction and a rebound from their players and we have to make sure we are ready for that.

“Obviously we think there’s an opportunity for us there because we got a great result and we could try to use that momentum, especially away against their home crowd.

“But it will be a tough match. They have great players. They beat us earlier in the season quite comfortably. We have to have all of that in mind, we have to make sure we go away with the right mindset – it’s a game we’re looking forward to.

“Old Trafford away is one of the best games you play in the league and you have to be excited. You have to go out there and try to be free and put in another good performance.

Tottenham’s biggest Achilles’ heel of late has been their inability to string together results – they chained an impressive win at Manchester City with defeats at Burnley and the FA Cup at Middlesbrough.

They were back to their best against an albeit dismal Everton and Kane says the result and performance was among the best in recent years.

“There were high performances throughout – not just me but the whole team played really, really well,” he said. “It’s hard to say it’s the best football we’ve played – we’ve had great managers over the years and we’ve played good football.

“But beating Everton 5-0 and beating City away from home are totally up there – fantastic results. And results that should give us confidence.

“But like I said, and the manager said, we still have to keep improving and we have to keep working hard. It’s great to have nights like this, but we have to do our evidence over the last 12 games.