Predicted Tottenham Line-up To Face Manchester United In The Premier League
Tottenham must focus on securing a victory at Old Trafford in order to get over their disastrous League Cup exit at the hands of West Ham United. To do better, Spurs will need to replicate the same form that saw them crush Liverpool. In fact, their recent run of form in the Premier League has seen them climb up the points table with a clean away record and an improving return at their temporary home Wembley.
Sealing a victory will be crucial for both teams. Manchester United are ahead of Tottenham in the table only due to goal difference. Both sides will be desperate to avoid dropping points, with the possibility of league leaders Manchester City moving well out of sight.
One could sense shock waves among Spurs fans as news surfaced of how Harry Kane’s fitness could be an issue. Early team news suggests that he will be assessed before the game but the England star is expected to be fit for kick-off.
Erik Lamela is likely to be fit, however, is unlikely to be named in the matchday squad. Tottenham are only without Victor Wanyama, who is continuing to struggle with a knee issue.
Here’s how Tottenham might line up against Manchester United
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Lloris is expected to start and he will have quite a task at hand, since he would have to keep Lukaku at bay.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
Alderweireld continues to be solid at the back for Spurs, and is likely to start. His contribution will certainly be important against Manchester United.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
Summer acquisition Sanchez has been impressive for Spurs so far, which should see him earn his spot in the starting XI on Saturday.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Vertonghen has only gone from strength-to-strength as the season has progressed. Pochettino is likely to deploy him in his usual role.
Ben Davies (LWB)
The tussle between him and Danny Rose continues for this spot. However, Davies has been a lot more influential than Rose, which makes it likely for the manager to deploy Davies ahead of the latter.
Serge Aurier (RWB)
Another summer signing who has been playing splendidly is Serge Aurier. The match against United will be a big test for him, and he is expected to retain his spot.
Harry Winks (CM)
Winks’ range of passing has been thoroughly impressive, providing a real creative alternative to Mousa Dembele. Considering the gravity of the match, Winks is likely to receive a start ahead of Dembele.
Eric Dier (DM)
Dier continues to be one of the best midfielders in the league, and with a player like Nemanja Matic in the opposition team, Dier will have to be at his best. The player should start after a string of brilliant displays.
Dele Alli (LW)
Alli’s creativity is crucial when it comes to orchestrating attacks. Although United have been defensively solid for most part, a player like Alli can still wreak havoc, thus making it important for Pochettino to deploy him.
Christian Eriksen (RW)
Christian Eriksen has been in fantastic form, and he will be looking to continue his fiery form on Saturday.
Harry Kane (CF)
Kane is expected to be fit and a fit Harry Kane is of match-winning quality. The striker will be looking to continue his tryst with scoring goals in the league.