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4-2-3-1: Man Utd predicted XI to face Spurs

Manchester United return to Premier League action tomorrow to host Manchester United in Saturday’s lunchtime game.

We came through our EFL Cup win at Swansea City on Tuesday night whilst Harry Kane has been ruled out of this weekend’s game with a hamstring injury.

Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will start:

David de Gea

The goalkeeper may be in for an easier time without facing Kane but Tottenham still have the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Fernando Llorente in their attack.

Antonio Valencia

The right-back should be looking to get forward to provide us with extra width but will have a lot of defensive duties with Christian Eriksen down the left and either Ben Davies or Serge Aurier bombing on from full-back.

Eric Bailly

Mourinho has confirmed the Ivorian would be ready this week so you can expect Eric Bailly to slot straight back into the starting lineup.

Phil Jones

The boss also has Phil Jones back after an injury forced him off in last weekend’s trip to Huddersfield.  The centre-back was an unused substitute at Swansea midweek too.

Daley Blind

I think the Dutch international gets the nod ahead of both Ashley Young and Luke Shaw because he’s the better defender and Tottenham do have a good attack of their own.

Nemanja Matic

The Serbian will play a key role in this game trying to look to keep possession from the likes of Eriksen, Alli and Harry Winks.

Ander Herrera

Disappointing news that neither Paul Pogba or Marouane Fellaini are return so big responsibilities fall on the shoulders of Ander Herrera to support Nemanja Matic in driving Spurs’ attack away from our goal.

Jesse Lingard

The youngster scored both goals midweek and I think Jesse Lingard will keep his place in the starting lineup on Saturday.  He offers more defensive protection than Juan Mata in supporting Antonio Valencia against Christian Eriksen and co.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Mourinho could potentially change the formation so neither Mata or Henrikh Mkhitaryan start but if he goes with a 4-2-3-1 then I think the Armenian is recalled at number 10 after Mata didn’t produce in the first half last weekend when given the chance.

Anthony Martial

Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial starting midweek but I think it’s the French international who continues to start in the Premier League.  Should be an interesting battle with Kieran Trippier and we’ll still have Rashford to call upon from the substitutes bench in the second half too.

Romelu Lukaku

On a goal drought by his standards and Mauricio Pochettino will have a game plan to try prevent Romelu Lukaku from scoring this weekend too.  Hopefully the Belgian can get back among the goals this weekend.

Here’s how the team looks on paper: