No shocks as confirmed Tottenham Hotspur starting XI released for Premier League clash vs Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United collide tonight in a highly-important Premier League clash at Old Trafford. The winner here would fancy their chances of making the top four this season.
Keeping that in mind, manager Antonio Conte has named a very strong side to face the Red Devils. No surprises as Hugo Lloris, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane start.
There were question marks surrounding the fitness of Dejan Kulusevski before this game while Lucas Moura is also yet to get proper minutes under his belt after he returned from injury against Everton in our 2-0 win.
The Sweden international is absent from the matchday squad with the former Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) winger placed on the bench. Richarlison picked up a serious injury earlier this month and is an obvious miss from the matchday squad. The full line-up can be seen in the tweet below from the official Spurs Twitter account.
It can come down to a mere few points – as it did last season – when the season gets to its last gameweeks and the top four places are up for contention. Spurs would, of course, want to go for the Premier League title, no doubt about it.
But if we temper our expectations then United are a direct opponent and no matter what, we will want to finish above them in the table. Hence, these three points on offer today are mightily important.
Last season, the Red Devils beat us home and away in the league – scoring three goals in both games. Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show in the game in March 2022, where he netted all three goals in a 3-2 loss for us.
United have also released their official line-up, as visible in the tweet below from their official account. The Portugal international has been benched for this game.
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Going by the looks of it, it is highly likely that we will see a repeat of the 3-5-2 formation that Conte has seemingly begun to trust when a couple of his trusted attackers are out of action.