Manchester United head to Tottenham Hotspur looking to extend a gap over Jose Mourinho’s side.

Despite Spurs’ shock 6-1 win against United back in October, Jose Mourinho’s side are 11 points behind the Red Devils.

A win for United would extend the lead to 14 points and seriously damage Tottenham’s top four aspirations, while also solidifying our status in second place.

As we look at United’s predicted line-up for Sunday’s fixture, there are three lessons learned from the previous defeat to shape Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s approach.

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A solid defensive partnership

United started the season poorly and shifted to a defensive partnership of Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly for the 6-1 defeat. While the pair have had good games together since, it has been clear the best partnership United have is with Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof has been really impressive over the past few months and as a duo, they will be key to helping United to a better result this time around. Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka at full-back should bring extra consistency given the form they are in, and in goal they will be supported by Dean Henderson, who has four clean sheets in his last five league games.

McTominay and Fred in midfield

A start for ‘McFred’ looks like a lock for United in this game after Fred was rested entirely against Granada.


In the 6-1 defeat, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic started in the middle and lost the midfield battle. McTominay and Fred both came on at half-time and United were much improved.

Hard work out wide

One of the reasons United lost against Tottenham in the last game was Spurs doubling up on United’s full-backs to take advantage of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood playing so far forward.

Rashford is still likely to start this one (Solskjaer won’t drop him), but expect to see a different approach on the right.

United could pick Dan James for his defensive work, or go with Paul Pogba, like in the away game with Liverpool, who would effectively drop back into the midfield at times to help the team out.

Greenwood would compete for a place with Edinson Cavani up front, but it will probably be the Uruguayan who starts, after the youngster got the nod against Granada.

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