Man Utd MUN Ronaldo (12', 38', 81')
3-2 FT
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Tottenham TOT Kane (Pen 35'), Maguire (OG 72')
Premier League Gameweek 29
Mar 12, 2022 KO: 17:30

Man Utd - Tottenham

Old Trafford Manchester
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Ronaldo 12'  
  35' Kane (Pen)
Ronaldo 38'  
  72' Maguire (OG)
Ronaldo 81'  

Match preview

Ronaldo on the bench - How Man Utd could line up against Tottenham

Cristiano Ronaldo missed the Manchester derby due to a hip injury and probably won't play from the start against Tottenham

Manchester United are sweating over the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Saturday's crucial Premier League game against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese superstar missed the Manchester derby due to a hip problem and subsequently travelled home to Portugal to recuperate.

According to FootballTransfers, Ronaldo went to Portugal with his future very much on his mind as he was reportedly furious when informed that he would not be involved against Manchester City.

He has returned to training this week, but it is away from the group as he continues his recovery individually.

Man Utd have a crucial Champions League tie against Atletico Madrid next midweek, so he may be kept fit for that. We could see him off the bench against Spurs, though.

This game could be vital in the race for the top four as Man Utd are currently in fifth on 47 points, while Tottenham are in seventh, on 45 points.

Ronaldo may not be fit to start, but Man Utd have been boosted by the return to training of both Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani.

Varane has been in Covid isolation, while Cavani had a groin issue.

David de Gea will start in goal behind a back four of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

Fred and Scott McTominay may be given the not in a more solid midfield. Paul Pogba gained an assist in the Manchester derby but was withdrawn just after the hour mark so he may be left out.

Bruno Fernandes started the last game up front and that experiment didn't work so he will move back into the attacking midfield three alongside Anthony Elanga and Jadon Sancho.

With neither Cavani nor Ronaldo fully fit, Marcus Rashford could start in the centre-forward role.

Predicted Man Utd XI v Tottenham

Match statistics

Man Utd
Statistics
Tottenham
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
9
11
Draws
8
2
Losses
3
7
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
29
37
Goals Per Game
1.45
1.85
More > 2.5 Goals
6
11
More > 3 Goals
6
8
Scored First in a Match
14
10
Scored Both Halves
3
10
Won More > 1 Goal
4
7
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
20
22
Did Not Score
2
6
Both Teams Scored
13
8
Kept Clean Sheet
6
6
Won Without Conceding
5
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
-
-
Possession
-
-
Passes
-
-
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
14
14
Shots on Target
5.25
6.05
Goals out of Shots
0.12
0.14
Crosses
-
-
Offsides
2.05
2.41
Penalties
0.10
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
-
-
Interceptions
-
-
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
-
-
Total Shots Conceded
14
13
Shots on Target Conceded
4.85
4.39
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.07
0.07
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
11
11
Yellow Cards
2.05
1.30
Red Cards
0.00
0.00

Injuries

  1. COVID-19 image description
  2. Calf/Shin Injury image description
  3. Knee Injury image description
  4. Hip/Thigh Injury image description
  5. Groin/Pelvis Injury image description