Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night at Old Trafford. It’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer v Jose Mourinho.
This is a big opportunity for Solskjaer to make a statement. Mourinho will see it exactly the same way.
United head into this game in poor form, and changes are needed, especially in midfield.
It is likely one of Scott McTominay or Paul Pogba will return.
Solskjaer told the club’s official website: “We have only got two days, so let’s see, but, hopefully, we can see one of them on the pitch. They are working hard behind the scenes.”
McTominay is the more likely to be thrown straight back in. Pogba has not played since September and his best chance is a place on the bench.
Changes are needed
If United line up Andreas Pereira in the middle against Tottenham, defeat beckons. He’s been really poor in games against Sheffield United and Aston Villa.
McTominay would be the best replacement. If he isn’t ready, then United have to gamble by dusting off Nemanja Matic, or throwing in James Garner. Just make an effort to try something different.
There are big decisions in defence too. Victor Lindelöf is trying to hold onto his place amid pressure from Axel Tuanzebe.
If United are going to change it up, then it makes more sense to do it at home to Tottenham, than away to City. This would be a good moment to bring Tuanzebe in.
Solskjaer may be tempted to bring Luke Shaw back in, but he should stick with Brandon Williams’ youthful endeavour. His attacking game could cause Tottenham’s full-backs problems.
Juan Mata failed to do anything of note against Villa and needs to come back out of the line-up. Jesse Lingard showed some improvement against Astana last week and deserves to come back into the team.
This is a big game for Anthony Martial too. He needs to prove why he should be an automatic pick and end his run of four league games without scoring.
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