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Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur Tactical Preview: Team News, Predicted XI, Key Men & Odds

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Manchester United will entertain Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Sunday hoping to pick up their first home win of this campaign. The Red Devils have won back to back matches against Brighton and Hove Albion over the past week which will give them some momentum heading into this weekend’s clash at the Theatre of Dreams.

Spurs managed to progress in the EFL Cup as well as the UEFA Europa League with victories over Chelsea and Maccabi Haifa respectively, so they could prove to be a tough test for the Mancunian outfit tomorrow.

Talking Tactics

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation as he instructs his players to control more of the ball and break the opposition defence down using the creativity of Bruno Fernandes and the pace of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Jose Mourinho could choose to go with a 3-5-2 formation and is expected to instruct his players to sit back and hit the Red Devils quickly on the counter. Both Lucas Moura and Harry Kane will focus on linking up with each other to create some decent goal-scoring opportunities in the final third.

Team News

Manchester United

Solskjaer will be sweating on the fitness of Harry Maguire who is a significant doubt for this clash at Old Trafford. Axel Tuanzebe remains sidelined due to injury, which could mean that Eric Bailly might be offered a place on the bench.

Manchester United Predicted XI

David De Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial

Manchester United Vs Tottenham Hotspur Tactical Preview (Tottenham players are seen celebrating in the photo)
Tottenham Hotspur’s Argentinian midfielder Erik Lamela celebrates with teammates after he scores his team’s first goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on September 29, 2020. (Photo by NEIL HALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur

Giovani Lo Celso and Son Heung-min are major concerns for this game while new signing Gareth Bale will also miss out on this weekend’s contest at Manchester.

Tottenham Hotspur Predicted XI

Hugo Lloris, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Sergio Reguilon, Lucas Moura, Harry Kane

Key Men

Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes will once again carry most of Man United’s creative burden up top. Victor Lindelof will have to step up and give a good account of himself alongside Harry Maguire if the home team are to stop Harry Kane from scoring on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur

Kane will be Spurs’ best hope for a goal after bagging a hat-trick against Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League. Both Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will have to produce a tireless display at the centre of the park if Spurs wants to secure maximum points from this encounter at the north-west of England.


The Red Devils are 10/11 favourites to emerge victorious on Sunday. The draw has been listed at 27/10 while the North London outfit are 29/10 underdogs to clinch a win at Old Trafford.

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