Manchester United entertain Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in a much-anticipated Premier League clash on Sunday.
Following a convincing 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium in the FA Cup third round on Monday evening, focus now shifts to the Premier League where the Red Devils aim to bounce back from a recent 2-1 disappointment against Nottingham Forest. They are eighth in the table and have won just once in the last five league games.
Erik ten Hag’s side now have the opportunity to close the gap with a victory over Tottenham, who are fifth in the standings and have won four of their last five league games.
Manchester United Team News
Erik ten Hag has provided a positive triple-injury update in his pre-match press conference, stating Luke Shaw, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez are all in contention to feature against Tottenham.
In addition, Antony, Christian Eriksen and Amad Diallo are ready to play again after the trio missed the trip to Wigan Athletic for the FA Cup tie. However, Anthony Martial is not fit to play, while Mason Mount, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Tyrell Malacia are all on their comeback trail from injury. Sofyan Amrabat is unavailable due to his AFCON commitments with Morocco.
Predicted Manchester United lineup vs Tottenham (4-2-3-1)
Andre Onana is expected to depart in the coming days to represent Cameroon at the AFCON. He is available for the game against Spurs and should start in between the sticks on Sunday.
Manchester United have been boosted by the return of Luke Shaw and Lisandro Martinez, but Ten Hag will be wary of not rushing back the latter from injury after the Argentinean broke down in September which led to this lengthy layoff. The Dutch tactician could give Shaw the green signal to start at left-back, while Diogo Dalot operates from the right-back position.
Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans have started four of the last five games together in central defence, and Ten Hag is unlikely to disrupt their growing partnership. The experienced duo have to produce strong performances at the back to keep a potent Spurs attack quiet.
The return of Casemiro from injury is a big boost for Ten Hag’s side, particularly with the hosts having lacked stability and balance in the middle of the park in the past few months. However, just like Martinez, Casemiro will have to settle for a spot on the bench with Ten Hag opting for a double pivot of Kobbie Mainoo and Christian Eriksen.
Mainoo and Eriksen will hope to dictate the proceedings with their passing ability and movement, allowing Bruno Fernandes to wreak havoc in the final third from the No.10 role. If United need more energy in midfield or presence in the opposition’s box, Scott McTominay could come off the bench.
Alejandro Garnacho, Rasmus Hojlund and Marcus Rashford clicked well as an attacking unit and made life difficult for the Wigan defenders on Monday. Ten Hag will hope to see more of the same from his front three and exploit spaces behind Spurs’ high defensive line.
The onus will be on Fernandes to find runners in Garnacho, Rashford and Hojlund in areas where they can hurt Ange Postecoglou’s side on Sunday. Antony and Amad Diallo could get an opportunity to impact the game off the bench.
I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.