Jones and Lukaku start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Manchester United XI to face Tottenham

Manchester United will look to end their two-match winless league streak when they host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon. Jose Mourinho’s men have attained just a solitary point in the month of October, and the manager will be hoping for a strong response against an in-form Spurs side.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


United’s number one David de Gea has been ever-present in the Premier League, and he is a certainty to start in goal. Both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young were rested for the League Cup outing, and they are likely to slot into the right-back and left-back positions respectively. Mourinho has confirmed that Phil Jones will be fit for the Spurs game, and he could be joined by Eric Bailly, who has returned to first-team training after a groin injury sustained on international duty with the Ivory Coast.

Ander Herrera sustained a minor ankle injury during the League Cup win over Swansea City in midweek, but he is more likely to make the starting lineup alongside Nemanja Matic in central midfield. Scott McTominay impressed against the Swans on Tuesday night, but Mourinho will want an experienced pairing versus Spurs.

Marcus Rashford complained about a tight hamstring on Tuesday night, and he could be benched in place of Anthony Martial, who has been a regular starter this month. The Frenchman is likely to start in his preferred left-wing position – with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the number 10 role whilst Jesse Lingard could get the nod on the right-wing after his match-winning performance against the Swans.

Romelu Lukaku has not found the scoresheet in his previous three matches, and he will be determined to prove his worth against another top-six club. Since 2014, the Belgian has averaged just a goal in every five games versus elite opposition, and he will no doubt want to answer his critics.

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