Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to make it six wins from six with his toughest test so far as Manchester United boss when we travel to Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur start the weekend in third place and 10 points above us and we could really do with the three points to keep in touch with the Champions League spots.
Everything has looked rosy so far under the caretaker manager, winning all five of his games in charge by at least two goals and keeping back-to-back clean sheets. Three points in North London on Sunday would be his most impressive accomplishment to date if Ole can pull it off.
Here’s the Manchester United team I expect to see facing Tottenham:
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
Kept a clean sheet at Newcastle in his last outing. David de Gea wasn’t tested very much at St James’ Park as Christian Atsu in particular was misfiring that day. With Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen in attack the Spaniard can expect for a much busier game this weekend.
Defence: Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw
The boss seems to like Ashley Young at right-back instead of Diogo Dalot during Antonio Valencia’s absence. I’m not too comfortable with the veteran having to deal with Christian Eriksen this weekend but I think Young will get the nod. With Eric Bailly suspended and both Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo injured, Phil Jones will partner Victor Lindelof in the middle of our defence once again. They’ll need a big game up against Harry Kane and cannot afford to pick up an injury as Matteo Darmian plays backup. Luke Shaw is set to start at left-back and will be looking to expose the space Kieran Trippier leaves behind when he bombs forward.
Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba is expected to be back from the knock he picked up at the start of the year and has been excellent under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far. Unfortunately, Eric Dier is injured for Spurs otherwise you’d expect the French midfielder to have a dominant game up against the overrated England international. Nemanja Matic will sit in front of our back four looking to cut off the supply to Eriksen, Son and Dele Alli. Ander Herrera will do the same with an energetic and combative display in midfield as per usual.
Attack: Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial
I expect Marcus Rashford to keep his place as the striker and Romelu Lukaku used as a substitute. The youngster has looked tremendous under the Norwegian’s reign. Anthony Martial’s pace down the left has caused Trippier and Spurs problems in the past so it would be a no brainer for the Frenchman to start this one too. I think Jesse Lingard’s work off the ball will get him the nod over Juan Mata to start this one.
Here’s our team on paper: