Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday at White Hart Lane and will be expecting a key win to keep up with the other teams in the top four. Local neighbours Manchester City, are only one point ahead of United and the Red Devils will want results to go their side and pick an important win in North London on Sunday.
Louis Van Gaal has five players who are still injured, but Ashley Young and Phil Jones featured for the Under-21s earlier in the week and both are expected to make the squad for the Tottenham game. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still the key player who is still out for a long time, meanwhile Luke Shaw returned to training on Monday but still has a long way to go to start for the first team again.
Players still out
Adnan Januzaj is the latest player to join the injury list, the Belgian international has picked up a thigh injury. Will Keane underwent surgery last month after picking up a groin injury during the FA Cup win against Shrewsbury and it seems like he will be out for the rest of the season.
Wayne Rooney has returned to training for United, but won’t be able to make it for the Tottenham game but in the mean time he will be playing for the under-21s to return to full fitness. United’s under-21s face Middlesbrough on Monday night, the Englishman will likely make his first appearance then since his injury.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw are the other players who are out for quite some time, both are more or less confirmed to miss the rest of the season. Schweinsteiger picked up his injury whilst being on international duty for Germany and Shaw suffered a broken leg during the Champions League game against PSV back in September.
Fosu-Mensah to start
After a key win at Old Trafford against Everton last weekend, nearly everyone should retain their places. David De Gea will definitely keep his place in goal, the Spaniard has saved United a lot of times during the campaign. Timothy Fosu-Mensah is expected to come into the line-up, after coming on from the bench against Everton and making a real difference in the second half. He could replace Marcos Rojo against Tottenham, the Argentine had a shocking game and couldn’t handle the pace of the Everton winger.
Chris Smalling and Daley Blind will most likely start in the heart of defence again, the pair have been fantastic for United this season. Left back will most likely be Matteo Darmian if Marcos Rojo does get dropped for the game on the weekend. The Italian defender has been very solid in his past few games, despite struggling earlier in the season to settle down in England. Morgan Schneiderlin will more or less retain his place in midfield after putting on another super performance, with Michael Carrick set to team up with him in the centre of midfield.
Front four could remain the same
Juan Mata is expected to return to his favourite position also known as the number 10 role, the Spaniard found it very difficult playing on the wings against Everton and wasn’t involved much too. Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will more or less continue their roles out on the wings, Martial picked up the key goal which gave United all three points and Lingard played a small role to the goal too. Marcus Rashford will retain his place as the lone striker for another game, the youngster had a few bright moments against Everton but the final product didn’t really work out. With Wayne Rooney not being able to make the squad, Rashford will be expected to cause problems to Tottenham’s defence with his dribbling and his quick acceleration.
Predicted XI: De Gea, Fosu-Mensah, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Carrick, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.