Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur – Combined Line-up
Manchester United are set to host Tottenham Hotspur in an intense clash at Old Trafford on Saturday, fresh after winning 2-0 against Swansea City. The Red Devils suffered a shock defeat to Huddersfield in their last Premier League outing, while Spurs are in strong form after thrashing Liverpool 4-1 in their last league game.
With both teams hungry to pick up three points in this match, let’s take a look at which players will make it to the combined XI:
David De Gea (GK)
Lloris has been quite influential for Spurs but De Gea is widely regarded as the best in the Premier League and for all good reasons.
Kieran Trippier (RB)
Trippier continues to be a strong presence on the right-hand side for Spurs, and is likely to take up his usual role, against Manchester United.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
Pochettino has been relying on Alderweireld to provide defensive solidity at the heart of Spurs’ defence and the player has always lived up to expectations.
Phil Jones (CB)
Although Jones picked up a knock, it is believed he will be fit enough to start against Tottenham. Much of United’s defensive strength relies on him, which is enough to earn him a spot in the combined line-up.
Jan Vertonghen (LB)
It is surprising that Ashley Young offered a stiffer competition to Vertonghen when compared to United’s other options. However, Vertonghen is a natural defender, which means his flair and decision-making will be more evolved than Young’s.
Nemanja Matic (DM)
Easily the most influential player for United, Matic has been key to the club’s fortunes. His experience helps him in earning a starting spot here.
Eric Dier (DM)
Dier continues to improve by leaps and bounds, despite making a relatively slow start. He has been guarding the defence well while also supplementing power towards attacking runs up front.
Dele Alli (LW)
Alli has been instrumental in his contributions from the left-hand side. His creativity and vision often goes unparalleled, thus making him worthy of being in this combined XI.
Christian Eriksen (CAM)
Easily one of the most in-form players for Spurs at the moment, Eriksen will be the danger man to United.
Jesse Lingard (RW)
Lingard will be on a high after almost single-handedly delivering victory for United against Swansea in the Carabao Cup. His confidence will be high, which could see him make the most of every opportunity if he starts.
Harry Kane (CF)
When one compares Kane to Romelu Lukaku, their consistency is starkly contrasting. Lukaku may have kept pace with Kane for quite some time but then, the Belgian’s form has taken a dip now, while Kane continues to score day in and day out.