Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has several big decisions to make this evening when he names his starting line up for Manchester United’s match away at Tottenham.
His former teammate and fellow Champions League winner Wes Brown was asked yesterday in the MUTV Group Chat to select his predicted XI, and he made a few interesting calls.
Brown selected a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Luke Shaw in a back three ahead of Eric Bailly.
He also left out both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, selecting Fred and Scott McTominay in central midfield along with Bruno Fernandes.
Brown said: “I’m going to go back three. [In midfield] Scott, Fred, Bruno, then I go Marcus and Martial straight up the middle. I’ve just got a feeling.”
Brown went on to add that he is predicting a 2-0 away win for United.
How does this compare to our predicted XI?
We are also expecting Solskjaer goes with a 3-4-1-2 formation, as he has done in several away fixtures this season.
It would not be a big surprise if he played 4-2-3-1 though, with this set up earning the home win over Spurs back in December.
Playing Luke Shaw as part of a back three makes some sense, as he has done well there, and it would allow the more attack minded Brandon Williams license to really get at error prone right-back Serge Aurier.
Our predicted team had Eric Bailly in the back three along with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof, and Shaw at left-back.
In midfield we also tipped Paul Pogba to be on the bench, but we just cannot see Nemanja Matic not starting this one.
United are simply better when the Serbian midfield general starts, and we would expect McTominay to feature alongside him – Fred also has a strong chance.
In attack we also expect Martial and Rashford to feature as the front two and cause Spurs serious problems.
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