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How Man Utd could line-up against Tottenham: Solskjaer to opt for a back-three, Lingard over James

Man Utd host Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-2 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The visitors have enjoyed an upturn in results since appointing José Mourinho as their manager and he would like nothing more than to get one over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who replaced him as United manager a year ago.

For us, we feel the same way but obviously in an opposite manner. Solskjaer is under lots of pressure and it would be great to see the players respond against Spurs for his sake and get one over Mourinho.

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Mourinho will get a good reaction from the Old Trafford faithful before the game but once it starts we mean business. Tomorrow night is about getting three points, nothing less.

We think Solskjaer will go back to a back-three for this match. The midfield needs packing to deal with Tottenham’s strength in that department, and defensively we could do with an extra centre-back to deal with Harry Kane and co.

Solskjaer is likely to opt for Luke Shaw at left-wing-back over Brandon Williams and I’m putting that down to experience more than anything else. This is a must-win game for the Red Devils against a difficult opponent showing signs of better form.

It is to be expected that Scott McTominay will return and that is fantastic news. We’ve really missed him over the past three games — two draws, one defeat — but the thought of seeing Fred and Andreas Pereira back in midfield together will forever cause concern. And the latter should be dropped for this match.

Daniel James is unlucky to miss out but I think Solskjaer will add Lingard to his attack and expect him to work in midfield when United haven’t got possession. He performed well as captain against Astana last week and the manager could be keen to start him again.

Manchester United predicted XI vs Tottenham: DDG; Tuanzebe, Maguire, Lindelof; AWB, McTominay, Fred, Shaw; Lingard, Martial, Rashford.

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