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Man United predicted line-up vs Spurs: Regular restored with changes at centre-back but Dutchman benched

Manchester United will host Jose Mourinho’s in-form Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday in an important Premier League tie.

Off the back of a decent 3-0 Carabao Cup win against Brighton and Hove Albion  during the week, here is how we expect manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to line his young Reds up on the weekend.

De Gea

Despite two impressive performances since rivalling De Gea for the right to wear the number-one jersey, I expect Solskjaer to bench Dean Henderson and restore the Spaniard back to the Reds’ starting line-up.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

No brainer really. With virtually no other options available at right-back, Wan-Bissaka will start again on Sunday and be instructed to help keep star-striker Harry Kane quiet.

Eric Bailly

After a hugely impressive performance against Brighton in the Carabao Cup during the week, I think Sunday’s game could see Solskjaer make the long-overdue centre-back mix-up which will see the flamboyant Ivorian partner Harry Maguire at the back.

Harry Maguire

Club captain. Easy pick.

Luke Shaw

Was always likely to get the nod ahead of back-up option Brandon Williams but after a seriously underwhelming performance in the Carabao Cup during the week, Shaw’s place is now under no threat what so ever.

Nemanja Matic

Easily United’s best defensive midfielder and in a game which will decided in the middle of the park, I expect Solskjaer to restore the resolute and experienced Serbian to the starting line-up in an attempt to keep Lo Celso and co. under control.

Paul Pogba

Scored a free-kick during the week after coming on during the second-half and continues to look happy wearing Red.

I think Pogba’s inclusion will demote new-signing Donny van de Beek to the bench but I think overall, fans must understand that a Premier League tie against an in-form Spurs is not the game to play a midfield double pivot of Pogba and van de Beek.

Bruno Fernandes

Mr undroppable. There is no way, assuming no last minute injury, that our Portuguese Magnifico doesn’t start against Spurs on Sunday.

Mason Greenwood

It would be a shame for Juan Mata who was arguably United’s best player during the week to miss out on a second start of the week, but I do expect Solskjaer to restore star-boy Greenwood to the starting line-up.

Having been dropped from the England squad by international manager Gareth Southgate, I expect domestic manager Solskjaer to award more valuable game-time to his teenage sensation with no added risk of the youngster experiencing tiredness over the break.

Marcus Rashford

Man United’s answer to Harry Kane – Easily the side’s best left-sided attacker. The 22-year-old will start against Spurs ahead of the likes of Daniel James on Sunday.

Anthony Martial

A one legged Martial offers more than a two-legged Odion Ighalo so despite the continued inspired form of Fernandes, Martial is still the first name on the team-sheet.

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