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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces his first real test as Manchester United manager in a tough match with Tottenham at Wembley.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his rejuvenated Manchester United team will need to beat Tottenham at their home — er, Wembley — if they want to continue to put pressure on the top 4, and extend their winning streak to 6 in all competitions. United managed to beat Reading 2-0 at Old Trafford playing mostly their reserves, but questions were raised about United’s lackluster performance against a side that currently sits 23rd in the Championship. The squad now have gone to Dubai for some warm weather training and recuperation following the tight holiday schedule.

This match is vital to the Red Devils’ top 4 aspirations. They’ve managed to cut the gap between Arsenal and Chelsea, but they can’t afford to drop more points against top opponents. United will face Brighton, Burnley, Leicester City, and Fulham in the next four matches after Spurs, meaning that there is a very real possibility of obtaining 27 out of 27 possible points from 9 league matches under Solskjaer should they earn all 3 on Sunday.

Let us see your predictions for this key fixture in the polls and in the comments!

Tactics

Solskjaer’s lineups and formations haven’t been too far off from José Mourinho’s selections, but of course the major change has been the tactical approach to each match. United have been pressing far higher up the pitch, and creative threats such as Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have been given the freedom to run the offense as they see fit.

The Reds will surely spend a bit more time defending than attacking against Spurs than they did against Bournemouth and Newcastle, but there is still the expectation that United will go at their opponents regardless of quality while under Solskjaer’s orders.

What do you expect to see at Wembley on Sunday?

Poll

What do you expect from Manchester United tactically vs. Spurs?

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  • 60%
    High pressure when dispossessed, high percentage of possession and pressing for goals
    (98 votes)
  • 19%
    Absorb pressure on defense, low percentage of possession and counterattack/pressure from behind for goals
    (31 votes)
  • 20%
    Adapt to Spurs’ approach, pressure for the win in the second half
    (33 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (Comment)
    (1 vote)
163 votes total Vote Now

Defense

With Eric Bailly suspended for one more game, it’s looking like Victor Lindelöf and Phil Jones will once again be the centre back pairing for the Spurs match. The full back situation is a bit more up in the air. Antonio Valencia has made his return to the squad, but is clearly not the player he used to be. The United captain had a rough outing against Newcastle, and with Diogo Dalot impressing in his most recent performances there could be a permanent changing of the guard in the starting 11 at right back.

Who should start along the back line against Spurs?

Poll

Who should start in defense at Spurs?

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  • 16%
    Shaw, Jones, Lindelof, Valencia
    (37 votes)
  • 32%
    Shaw, Jones, Lindelof, Dalot
    (72 votes)
  • 4%
    Young, Jones, Lindelof, Dalot
    (9 votes)
  • 46%
    Shaw, Jones, Lindelof, Young
    (105 votes)
  • 0%
    Other (Comment)
    (2 votes)
225 votes total Vote Now

Midfield

Manchester United’s midfield has remained largely unchanged transitioning from Mourinho to Solskjaer, but the way the midfielders are utilized has certainly been adjusted. Paul Pogba has played as a no. 10 behind the forwards, Nemanja Matić has acted as the guard between attack and defense, and Ander Herrera has found his way across both areas of the pitch, providing support in possession and the creation of chances. However, talents like Juan Mata and Fred have also seen some playing time under Solskjaer, and have been effective in creating chances in possession. Should Ole shake things up on Sunday?

Poll

Which midfielder should break into the lineup against Spurs?

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  • 5%
    Fred
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    Andreas Pereira
    (5 votes)
  • 8%
    Juan Mata
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Marouane Fellaini
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Scott McTominay
    (1 vote)
  • 81%
    None (Keep Matic, Herrera, Pogba)
    (189 votes)
231 votes total Vote Now

Attack

Manchester United’s forward lineup of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Paul Pogba have not been able to stop scoring under Solskjaer. Rashford in particular has really improved in the final third, and Pogba’s creativity at no. 10 has kept the wheels turning. The entire front line has looked dangerous, and the addition of Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku has given Solskjaer some top options off the bench. Should the lineup remain what it was for the 4 Premier League games, or should Ole change things up against Spurs?

Poll

Who should start in attack at Spurs?

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  • 56%
    Martial-Rashford-Lingard
    (133 votes)
  • 19%
    Martial-Lukaku-Rashford
    (46 votes)
  • 17%
    Martial-Rashford-Alexis
    (41 votes)
  • 4%
    Alexis-Lukaku-Rashford
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (Comment)
    (4 votes)
235 votes total Vote Now

Match Prediction

Finally, give your prediction for Tottenham vs. Manchester United! Vote your predicted result below, and give us your scoreline in the comments!

Poll

Predict the result for Spurs vs. Man United

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  • 12%
    Big United win
    (31 votes)
  • 56%
    Close United win
    (145 votes)
  • 14%
    Draw
    (37 votes)
  • 13%
    Close Spurs win
    (36 votes)
  • 3%
    Big Spurs win
    (9 votes)
258 votes total Vote Now