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Confirmed Starting XI: Rashford, Lingard and Martial lead the line against Spurs; Pogba in supporting role

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Manchester United face a big challenge under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday afternoon as the Red Devils face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. United have won the last five matches in a row since the Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho at the helm of the club and the level of football has been pretty exciting, although the Emirates FA Cup match against Reading last weekend was dire despite United winning 2-0. Solskjaer did mate wholesale changes to his starting XI though.

There is some excitement surrounding the club once again and the players now seem to be enjoying themselves under Solskjaer’s leadership. United ended up being beaten 3-0 by Spurs at the start of the season at Old Trafford. Two goals in two minutes at the start of the second half caught United out with a third goal coming in the final few minutes of the match. It was a poor game of football. Spurs had nine attempts on goal, five on target with United having 23 shots, five also on target.

This United team, which has played with confidence for the last five matches, should be up for the challenge of Spurs. This season, United have been given chances to claw back the gap between them and the top four, failing to take those chances. Now United need to create their own chances which should see them finish the season on a high, which is where the club needs to be. This United side has had 68 shots on goal in the last five matches, 29 on target, scoring 16 goals. Now it is on them to beat Spurs.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw;

Matic, Herrera;

Lingard, Pogba, Martial;

Rashford

Substitutes:

Romero; Dalot; Mata, Pereira, Fred, McTominay; Lukaku

Solskjaer knows exactly what Manchester United is about and he has brought that back into the team. 2019 will mark the sixth year since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and this has got to be one of the first times that the identity of the club has been apparent. There are many factors for this; the Glazers, Ed Woodward, misspending in the transfer market, three different permanent managers and the fact that the board do not seem to have much knowledge of football with the club being seen more like a business.

All that aside, Solskjaer has brought back the confidence of an ailing team. The attacking prowess of the club has been well-known by most supporters but the restrictive football, which had been played because of the fragile defence, and other reasons, was enough to knock the confidence out of the strongest willed people. United should be attacking from the offset, which is where they can punish their opposition. Spurs should feel the wrath of United in this respect as the 3-0 defeat in August was not United at their best.

The Norwegian has the skills and the knowledge to bring the best out of this United side. Granted, in the past five matches they have not faced big teams but the level of confidence on the pitch was a massive change from what we had seen previously. Confidence builds things and the momentum United have right now is partly because of that confidence. I am not saying United are unstoppable, but they are more unstoppable than they were before this period. That should put United in a good position.

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