Starting XI Prediction: Rashford should lead the line against Spurs; Lingard, Pogba, Martial supporting him…


Manchester United will be pitted against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. This is the biggest match of the season so far for United, which is a term that has been said before. After five matches for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now is the time for this team to prove they are one of the best teams in the Premier League. Spurs beat United in the reverse fixture earlier this season, a match which saw United generate 23 shots on goal with Spurs just having nine, scoring three goals, United none.

Solskjaer has given his side the freedom to attack and also the free-reign to express themselves. As Sir Matt Busby once said: “At Manchester United we strive for perfection and if we fail we might just have to settle for excellence.” This is something that Solskjaer will have learned from his time at the club as a player, and a coach under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, who helped Busby’s words rejuvenate the club in his near 27 years as the manager.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

This goes without saying. David De Gea is the best goalkeeper at the club and one of the best in world football. There are many pretenders out there and some fans will judge a player based on a particular action is a game. Liverpool fans will suggest that Allison is the best in the world, just because they spent a lot of money on him. They will forget that he conceded seven goals against them in the UEFA Champions League last season.

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Defence: Ashley Young, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw

Right now, this is the best back four United has to offer. Ashley Young is better than Antonio Valencia and with Diogo Dalot needing time to grow as a player, as well as opportunities, he may not be ready for a game such as this one. Victor Lindelof has grown massively this season, coming forward as the ball playing central defender Jose Mourinho brought to the club but never utilised in this way. Phil Jones is fit and has played regularly without injury recently and Luke Shaw is setting the pace for his career.

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Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera

The midfield duo have played in most of Solskjaer’s matches as United manager. Nemanja Matic has proven that he still has a lot to offer and has been given time out, resting for about two weeks, leaving him fresh for this game. Ander Herrera has United at heart and puts himself on the line for his team. I see many try to underline many simple actions he makes for United, trying to suggest he’s the first player to do this. He plays the game and loves his team. What more can you want from a player?

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Attacking Midfield: Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

Solskjaer has made this 4-2-3-1 formation work in his short time as the manager. Paul Pogba in the more advanced role sees him as the in-form player right now. Four goals and three assists in four out of five games under Solskjaer. Jesse Lingard has been playing some great football too since Solskjaer arrived. We all knew what he was capable of but his growth recently has been noticed. Anthony Martial still has some work to do to find his blistering form, but his hunger and desire have given glimpses of that.

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Striker: Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford has risen to the occasion under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season and that has lasted just five matches so far. It is fair to say that he has not become a prolific goalscorer in this short time but it is very impressive to see his growth and the hunger to achieve that he has shown. He gets United and it is clear that he wants the team to achieve, which is all that we want too. Him being the main striker, right now, is the right decision but also one that may change in time.

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