After escaping with a somewhat fortunate three points against Wolves, Manchester United will be hoping to put in a more convincing performance against Tottenham on Saturday. Given the nature of his side’s display against Wolves, Erik ten Hag may look to make changes in the hope of breathing a new lease of life into his team, especially when picking his frontline. Express Sport takes a look at the eleven that the Dutch manager may put his faith in…
Goalkeeper – Andre Onana
Until United bring in a new No 2, it is hard to imagine Andre Onana not starting every Premier League match this season. The ex-Ajax star showed glimpses of why the Red Devils forked out £47.2million for his services this summer against Wolves, and he is likely to be called into action on numerous occasions against Tottenham too. Onana will also be hoping to avoid the limelight this time around, having brought down Wolves substitute Sasa Kalajdzic in what PMGOL have said should have been a penalty.
Defence: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw
Lisandro Martinez was replaced by Victor Lindelof at half-time against Wolves after sustaining a minor knock, but the Argentina international has now returned to training and Ten Hag has said that he ‘thinks’ he will be fit. Thus, it is hard to see there being any changes made across the backline for United, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka the ideal fullback to try and keep Heung-Min Son under control.
Midfield: Bruno Fernandes, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen
Mason Mount struggled to make any sort of impact against Wolves, and he could be rotated out of Ten Hag’s starting eleven against Spurs given how important winning the midfield battle will be. Christian Eriksen, therefore, looks the logical replacement to complete United’s midfield trio with Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro.
Forwards: Antony, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford
With Rasmus Hojlund still ruled out through injury, Ten Hag will be relying on one of his wingers to lead the line against Tottenham. Marcus Rashford was uncharacteristically ineffective through the middle against Wolves, and it may be wise for the No 10 to play in his preferred position to avoid a downturn in form.
Given that Alejandro Garnacho was equally underwhelming, bringing Jadon Sancho back into the United attack to play as a makeshift striker may be the next step for Ten Hag. The ex-Borussia Dortmund star was trialled in the role throughout pre-season and emerged with credit, though this will be a significantly different task.