Man Utd: Solskjaer says squad has point to prove at Spurs
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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to make three changes for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Tottenham. The Red Devils go into that game hunting revenge after their 6-1 drubbing at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign. So Express Sport will now take a look at how they should line up for tonight’s blockbuster fixture.
Solskjaer has refused to name his first-choice United goalkeeper.
But it seems as though Dean Henderson holds that mantle, with the 23-year-old recently ousting David De Gea from the Norwegian’s starting XI.
Henderson has done well when called upon this term, errors against AC Milan and Sheffield United aside.
And he’ll be out to show Tottenham his talents, with Jose Mourinho holding transfer interest in the shot-stopper ahead of the summer window.
Spurs would like to land Henderson as a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris, who could move to Paris Saint-Germain.
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Defence: Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw
United aren’t expected to make any changes in defence for tonight’s match with Tottenham.
Their full-backs pick themselves these days, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw both enjoying positive campaigns at Old Trafford.
And it’s a similar story with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at centre-back.
Both players have blown hot and cold but Solskjaer likes their partnership, deploying them together in most matches this season.
So, with that the case, that means Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe having to settle for a place on the bench.
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Midfield: Fred, McTominay, Fernandes
For the big games, Solskjaer likes to field Scott McTominay and Fred together.
Therefore, it’s like the Brazil and Scotland internationals will be given the task of nullifying Tottenham’s midfield and creating chances for their forwards to finish.
That’s likely to mean Solskjaer tinkering with Paul Pogba’s position.
And ahead of the two, barring any sudden last-minute twists, will be Bruno Fernandes.
The Portugal international recently ended a six-match goal drought for the club and will be hoping to get on the scoresheet again in north London.
Forwards: Rashford, Cavani, Pogba
While Mason Greenwood has done well for United this season, Tottenham may require a bit of experience.
So that means Edinson Cavani may be unleashed from the start in the absence of the England international, who is then likely to drop to the bench.
On the right could be Marcus Rashford.
And, on the left, Pogba.
The France international would love to claim a victory over Mourinho’s side, having fallen out with the 58-year-old during their time at Old Trafford together.
Solskjaer fires Mourinho shots
Speaking ahead of United’s clash with Tottenham, Solskjaer has fired shots at Mourinho – insisting a second-placed finish isn’t an achievement.
“If we manage that you can’t say that is an achievement. Our ambition is a lot more than second place,” he said.
“I said that when I wasn’t even at the club – you can never be happy with that and we’re not.
“The mood in the club is good, but the players are not happy – they are hungry to improve and win something.
“They want to establish themselves in and around the top of the league.”
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