Manchester United will welcome Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at Old Trafford.
United were completely annihilated by Manchester City at Etihad Stadium over the weekend, and the red devils will be looking to bounce back from that 4-1 loss. After missing the Manchester derby at the Etihad due to a hip issue, Cristiano Ronaldo will be eligible for selection.
United has slid to fifth place in the Premier League rankings, and the game against Tottenham might be crucial in the race for a place in the Champions League.
United are only one point behind Arsenal in fourth place, but the Gunners have three games in hand, meaning Ralf Rangnick’s side can’t afford to lose any more points at their current pace.
Luke Shaw is unavailable after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this week, and Scott McTominay is a doubt due to a calf problem, according to United’s exclusive team news. However, Edinson Cavani is expected to return after being injured.
David de Gea is a undoubtedly going to be the starter due to his wonderful performances so far this season. After watching from the sidelines for the entirety of this volatile season, Dean Henderson is anticipated to try to leave the club in the summer, with De Gea as the No.1 goalkeeper.
As a result of Shaw’s absence, Alex Telles will start at left-back alongside Harry Maguire. Raphael Varane has fully recovered from his injury and will now be able to play alongside those two. Varane has been severely missed by United.
Rangnick’s choice at right-back isn’t as straightforward. Diogo Dalot had seemingly moved ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the German’s pecking order, but his recent team selections have suggested otherwise; however, Dalot might get the nod here.
In midfield, Nemanja Matic was brilliant against Atletico Madrid, helping change the match’s momentum from the substitute bench, and Rangnick can rely on the Serbian to protect his back four against Tottenham’s world-class forwards.
McTominay is a doubt for this match, and Fred and Bruno Fernandes will likely make up the remainder of the midfield trio.
Like Varane, Ronaldo has recovered from his injury, and he’ll surely start against Tottenham. Jadon Sancho is now one of the first names on the team sheet, and he’ll start down the left channel, with Anthony Elanga likely to keep his spot on the opposite side.
Predicted United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Telles, Matic, Fred, Fernandes, Elanga, Ronaldo, Sancho.