Premier League

How Man Utd and Tottenham could line-up this weekend

Jose Mourinho takes on his former club fresh off qualifying for the Europa League group stage during the week

 
11:20am on Sunday 4th October 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Both Manchester United and Tottenham enjoyed cup victories during the week, with the Red Devils progressing in the League Cup and Spurs qualifying for the Europa League group stage.

Actually, due to a hectic schedule, Spurs progressed in two cups, as a few days before their European exploits they knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup in what would have been a sweet victory for Jose Mourinho.

This weekend, the Portuguese boss takes on another one of his former clubs in United.

Man Utd: Squad, FC Ratings, Matches, Formations

Tottenham: Squad, FC Ratings, Matches, Formations

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been disappointing in the league so far, being defeated by Crystal Palace on the opening day before being very, very fortunate to beat Brighton last weekend.

The Norwegian is still waiting for new signings, with the end of the transfer window coming fast. No Jadon Sancho, no Ousmane Dembele, yet.

Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes both picked up issues in the 3-2 win over Brighton last weekend, but are expected to be available to feature in the starting XI.

Solskjaer has a full squad to choose from with the exception of Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe.

Donny van de Beek's agent criticised United for his client's lack of playing time this week, so this could finally be the day he makes his Premier League starting debut.

Despite Mourinho saying Heung-min Son could be out for a "while" he has recuperated enough to be in contention here, but expect him to be on the bench with no chances taken on his fitness.

Giovani Le Celso came off at half-time during the Europa League match against Maccabi Haifa, but the issue isn't believed to be serious.

Gareth Bale isn't ready for his second debut yet, while Carlos Vinicius won't be involved for the London side, with his loan deal only confirmed on Friday evening.

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