The games come thick and fast for Manchester United as Erik ten Hag’s side are back in action at home to Tottenham Hotspur this evening, just days after being held to a goalless draw by Newcastle United at Old Trafford.
While there will no doubt be disappointment at having been unable to secure the win on Sunday, the Red Devils head into tonight’s match having enjoyed an impressive recent record against the Lilywhites.
Indeed, they have come out on top in each of the two side’s last three meetings.
That includes a double for United last term, with Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo having notably netted four goals across the two games, including a sensational hat-trick against Antonio Conte’s side back in March.
Ahead of this intriguing encounter at the Theatre of Dreams, here’s how Football FanCast predicts that the hosts will line up…
Ten Hag and co have been dealt a blow ahead of the match, with the Dutchman having confirmed that the injury-prone Anthony Martial will once again be absent having limped off against Everton just over a week ago, while it remains to be seen if Christian Eriksen will be fit to face his former club, having missed the clash with the Magpies.
With that in mind, we predict that the former Ajax boss will make just two changes from the side that started against Eddie Howe’s men at the weekend, with long-serving gem David De Gea set to keep his place in goal having only recently brought up 500 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Ahead of the Spaniard, there are unlikely to be any alterations from the backline that kept a clean sheet just a few days ago, with the likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka unable to provide competition to that settled defensive unit amid their ongoing absences.
One alteration will likely take place in midfield with Scott McTominay set to return from his recent suspension to slot in alongside summer signing Casemiro, with the Brazilian’s compatriot, Fred, set to give way having disappointed last time out, losing possession 16 times in his 90-minute outing.
In attack, Marcus Rashford could well return on the flanks having started on the bench on Sunday due to illness, with the £200k-per-week “machine” – as dubbed by journalist Muhammad Butt – looking to atone for his late, headed chance in that recent stalemate.
The Englishman’s recall would likely see £73m man Jadon Sancho give way, with Bruno Fernandes and Antony keeping their places in the side behind veteran marksman, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 37-year-old had been withdrawn late on against Newcastle having once again failed to fire, with just one league goal to his name this season, although boasts a stunning record in his career to date against Spurs, with 19 goal contributions in just 20 meetings.