Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Combined XI

Manchester United will be traveling to London this weekend, where they will meet up with Tottenham Hotspur. This clash can be a turning point for both sides. The hosts could finally show everyone they can get in the mix for the title push, while the visitors could make a decisive step in their chase for the Champions League qualification.

Big matches are usually a reason for making combined XIs and after the big clash with Liverpool last month, we will do that once again.

This time, we chose a weird 3-5-2 formation, a very offensive one. The main reason for that is that in both sides the full-backs are a bit of a problem. Also, both Pochettino and Solskjaer have some very good attackers at their disposal and thus, this was a logical choice. Let’s begin.

GK: David De Gea

In general, David De Gea is simply the better goalkeeper than Hugo Lloris. Some might say the French number one had a better season and became world champion last summer, but overall, he is more prone to mistakes and the Spaniard is the better choice.

DF: Toby Alderweireld, Victor Lindelöf, Jan Vertonghen

We could have gone with a back four and Luke Shaw in it, but then we could not make space for all the attackers. Alderweireld and Vertonghen are both Belgian and have been playing together for club and country for years. Often in recent months one of the two was not on the pitch, but they still know how the other one breathes. Victor Lindelöf’s fine performances in the past month have been enough to warrant him place in this team ahead of Davinson Sanchez.

MF: Christian Eriksen, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Dele Alli, Heung Min Son

So, here we will not have typical wing-backs and just one holding midfielder. That will be Nemanja Matic. His season is far from perfect, but Spurs have injuries issues in that position and he is better than Eric Dier. Dele Alli and Paul Pogba would play on both sides of Matic, bringing dynamism and movement. They would have the licence to roam and harm the opponent with their unusual ways of operating on the pitch. Eriksen has been a winger in the past seasons when he was needed there, while Heung Min Son is having an astonishing season, destroying defences whenever he wants. Anthony Martial was really good too, but he simply cannot slot in ahead of Son.

FW: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford

That leaves us with two forwards and the choice here was easy. The two Englishmen, two local players. Harry Kane is the forward many European clubs want and it is no wonder why. Everything he does on the pitch is intelligent and he is a truly well-rounded elite, world class striker. Next to him would be Marcus Rashford. This combination is also interesting because we know how well it could work, as we have seen them play together for England in a similar formation.

Rashford would be a bit more of a second striker, free to move and interchange with some of the brilliant midfielders behind him, while Kane would remain being lethal as always.

2 Comments on Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Combined XI

  1. I was expecting this to be a biased selection, full of Man Utd players plus Kane. If Mourinho had still been in charge, it might have gone the other way – a Tottenham team with De Gea.

    What I’ve found, instead, is a fair reflection of the current state of play – as long as the midfielders don’t neglect their defensive duties, that is. I am presuming that Kane would be skipper (I have to confess to not knowing who captains Utd, these days. When Tottenham was expressing an interest in bringing Martial to White Hart Lane, I wa arguing for the focus to be switched to Rashford. Home grown, younger, quick to learn and less likely to sulk – and already developing an understanding with Kane at international level. He has a massive future. Alderweireld and Vertonghen are, simply, the best CB pairing in the league and close to the best pairing in the World. The backline is rock solid.

    Manager? I’m biased but for me, it has to be Pochettino.

  2. I was expecting this to be a biased selection, full of Man Utd players plus Kane. If Mourinho had still been in charge, it might have gone the other way – a Tottenham team with De Gea.

    What I’ve found, instead, is a fair reflection of the current state of play – as long as the midfielders don’t neglect their defensive duties, that is. I am presuming that Kane would be skipper (I have to confess to not knowing who captains Utd, these days.) When Tottenham was expressing an interest in bringing Martial to White Hart Lane, I was arguing for the focus to be switched to Rashford. Home grown, younger, quick to learn and less likely to sulk – and already developing an understanding with Kane at international level. He has a massive future. Alderweireld and Vertonghen are, simply, the best CB pairing in the league and close to the best pairing in the World. The backline is rock solid.

    Manager? I’m biased but for me, it has to be Pochettino.

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