Why Daniel James and Mason Greenwood are not starting for Man Utd vs Tottenham

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed the absence of Daniel James and Mason Greenwood from the Manchester United starting lineup against Tottenham is due to injury problems.

Greenwood is on the bench against Jose Mourinho’s side while James was omitted entirely from the playing squad that travelled to North London.

United are looking to avenge October’s Old Trafford humiliation against Spurs and consolidate second place in the Premier League table.

But Solskjaer’s attacking options are threadbare with Greenwood and Amad arguably the only true threats from the bench.

Solskjaer explained the young duo’s absence before kick-off after they both started in the midweek Europa League quarter-final first-leg victory over Granada.

“Dan [James] had an injury on Thursday night so he couldn’t be with us, Mason [Greenwood] also had some niggles so we gave him some rest from the start,” he told MUTV, as per the MEN. 

“I think everyone is fine, we didn’t do a lot on the training pitch, we had the meetings but rest and the recovery is the name of the game. We will be ready.

“It will be the game that we make it. We wan to go out and dominate possession, create chances, but we have to defend well. We know their front players they are dangerous It will be hard to stop, but we have to do that properly.”

Paul Pogba is set to start from the left in an attacking trident with Marcus Rashford and returning Edinson Cavani.

Elsewhere, Dean Henderson has reaffirmed his position as Solskjaer’s new number one by replacing David de Gea in goal.

Fred joins Scott McTominay in the midfield axis and Bruno Fernandes will be looking to make an impact between the lines.

Man Utd XI vs Tottenham: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, McTominay, Fernandes, Pogba, Cavani, Rashford.

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