Predicted Manchester United Lineup To Face Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United travel to the Wembley stadium to play the game of the week, against Tottenham Hotspur. While they are 2nd in the table, Spurs are just below Liverpool and are trying their level best to attain a top-4 spot as soon as possible. Both their recent forms have been alright, as United and Tottenham have won three and drawn twice in their last five matches. However, in terms of squad depth, the away side clearly seem to be having an upper edge. It will be a battle of two tight defences, capable of playing offensive football of the purest quality.
José Mourinho has claimed that he has a ‘nice’ headache as they have no fresh injury concerns. However, they are without the likes of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Daley Blind, who are all sidelined.
Probable Manchester United XI
Mourinho would not chop and change too much from the squad that last played in the Premier League against the Clarets. They should come out with a flat back four and look to provide as much as possible to the wider players, with full backs supporting them and occasionally going on the overlap.
Manager: Jose Mourinho
GK: David De Gea
Arguably the best keeper in the world will have to continue his team’s rigid defensive record this season and step up against the big side, as he has always done all these years.
RB: Antonio Valencia
The experience, discipline and safety when Antonio Valencia is on the pitch should be seen down the right-hand side.
CB: Phil Jones
Strong, sturdy and smart, Phil Jones should play as a centre-half and avoid set-piece threats from Kane, Vertonghen and co.
CB: Chris Smalling
The quicker of the two defenders, he will have to mark Harry Kane, match his runs and provide long balls when necessary.
LB: Ashley Young
Young is smart, has good feet and is one of the best fullbacks if compared in terms of dribbling. His crossing will come in handy.
CM: Nemanja Matic
He might be the most important player as José always turns to his holding midfielder when it comes to teams with high quality. Matic will have to press, close opponents down, break the play and supply forward passes constantly.
CM: Paul Pogba
Pogba will have to make good use of the free role given to him. He uses his body well and has got a classy vision.
LW: Alexis Sanchez
Sanchez will return to London much earlier than he would have expected but will try his best to haunt Tottenham Hotspur again. He should play on the left-wing.
CAM: Jesse Lingard
The man in the form of his life will storm down the middle, take on defenders fearlessly and is expected to keep hold of the ball without much fuss. Lingard will have to tie the broken areas of the midfield and use his pace to undo Tottenham’s defence.
RW: Anthony Martial
Martial will provide a cutting-edge, skip past players and supply crosses into the box. He could also switch flanks when necessary.
ST: Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku will play up front and will have to step up against Spurs as this is a crucial game.