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Solskjaer To Make 10 Changes | Predicted 4-2-3-1 Manchester United Lineup Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester United will lock horns with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, in what would be the most enticing fixture in Premier League gameweek 4. Both sides have had an exhausting run of fixtures, of late, with the Red Devils coming on the back of a 3-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the midweek Carabao Cup fixture. But, a win should remain a priority for Ole-Gunnar Solskjaer’s men as they face their Premier League rivals.

Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Defence

Solskjaer made ten changes to the side that faced Brighton in midweek, with Victor Lindelof being the only player to retain his place in the starting lineup. The Swede incidentally may continue at centre-back, though this time he will be partnered by Harry Maguire, at the heart of the four-man backline.

The English international missed the midweek cup tie due to a slight knock, but his manager is confident that he will be able to feature against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Dean Henderson produced an exquisite save in the midweek game. But the Englishman, unfortunately, will have to make way for David de Gea in goal, especially given the fact that the Spaniard hasn’t faltered yet this season.

Elsewhere in defence, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are both expected to make their return to the side, replacing Diogo Dalot and Brandon Willams in the fullback slots.

Predicted Manchester United Lineup Vs Tottenham Hotspur - Maguire and Pogba should both return.
Manchester United’s English defender Harry Maguire (R) and Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (L) leave the pitch at the end of the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on June 27, 2020. (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfield

There could be wholesale changes in midfield as well, with Paul Pogba, who scored a brilliant free-kick goal against Brighton, set to replace Fred in central midfield. The Frenchman is expected to partner Nemanja Matic, thus forming the double pivot while Scott McTominay will have to settle for a place on the bench.

Moving forward, Donny van de Beek is an interesting pick for Manchester United. His agent has recently criticised the lack of chances he is being given at Old Trafford, but considering the presence of Bruno Fernandes in the number ten role, the Dutchman may once again have to start on the bench.

Attack

Solskjaer is set to reshuffle the entire attacking unit this weekend after resting key players like Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Fernandes in midweek.

Fernandes, as mentioned earlier, should operate as a number ten ahead of van de Beek. As for Rashford and Greenwood, they are guaranteed to replace Daniel James and Juan Mata in the wider offensive areas. They will be in charge of providing that dynamism in the United attack so that the central striker in Anthony Martial could get some additional freedom in that number nine role.

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