Manchester United travel to north London for today’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Red Devils have been in a dreadful run of form in the league, picking up just one point from four outings.
They need to make amends as soon as possible, and the upcoming game against Spurs is a potential must-win.
The club are already eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea, and another loss could end their title prospects.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a fully-fit squad to choose from. Paul Pogba remains the only absentee due to suspension.
David de Gea has been in superb form for the Red Devils in goal this term, and he has saved their blushes with crucial saves.
Despite his efforts, United’s poor defensive showing has cost them three defeats in the last four league games. He is now an undisputed starter.
There will be an expected change in central defence. Harry Maguire’s form has been questionable since his return from a calf injury, but it appears unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will drop his captain.
Victor Lindelof appears set to make way for Raphael Varane’s return after a groin concern.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw will most certainly continue in their respective full-back positions.
In midfield, Scott McTominay or Fred could drop to the bench. The decision to play two defensive midfielders has not proved worthwhile in recent games.
Both are good in possession on the ball, but it has been more sideways passing rather than progressive.
Donny van de Beek has been eagerly waiting for his opportunity. He has played just six league minutes, but he deserves to start as he is more attack-minded than the duo.
He could be partnered by Nemanja Matic. The duo combined impressively in a pre-season game against Everton (4-0 win) in August but have barely played together since.
Further forward, there could be a solitary change. Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo seem destined to keep their places.
Mason Greenwood could be the likely candidate to make way for Jadon Sancho to earn a rare start on the right-wing.
Throughout the summer, there was much talk about Sancho’s qualities from the right flank, but he has played just 47 minutes there. He could be handed the chance to prove himself against Spurs.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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