Everything you need to know about tomorrow night’s crunch game versus Spurs
A win against Tottenham tomorrow evening would do Jose Mourinho and Manchester United a world of good after a turbulent start to the new season.
The Red Devils opened the season with a win over Leicester City, but slumped to an embarrassing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Brighton on Sunday – with a number of the club’s biggest players coming under heavy criticism for the lacklustre performance.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to shake things up to spark a turn-around in form, and will be bolstered by the return of both Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia, both of whom are expected to return straight to the starting line-up.
Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof are likely to remain as United’s centre-half pairing despite their questionable display at the AMEX Stadium, with Mourinho keen for the pair to form a lasting partnership in the heart of United’s defence.
Up-top, Mourinho has a decision as to whether to start with either two of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard either side of Romelu Lukaku. Given the Tottenham have chosen to operate with a back-three in recent weeks however, Mourinho is likely to favour the pace of Martial and Rashford to help exploit the exposed wide areas.
United have a number of injury concerns for tomorrow’s clash at Old Trafford. Alexis Sanchez has, bar a remarkable turnaround, been ruled out, whilst Luke Shaw is also expected to miss out after picking up a knock in training during the week.
Trio Sergio Romero, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo have all undergone surgery in recent weeks so all are unavailable, and Ander Herrera also remains sidelined having suffered a hamstring injury in United’s final game of pre-season against Bayern Munich.
United have no suspensions.
Predicted starting XI