Son is back for Spurs, Bailly in for Lindelöf for the hosts
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Matic, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. Subs: Lindelöf, Mata, Lingard, Fred, Henderson, Can de Beek, McTominay
Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Ndombele, Lamela, Kane, Son. Subs: Doherty, Alderweireld, Winks, Hart, Alli, Lucas Moura, Davies.
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)
Pre-match reading: Our resident tactics guru Jonathan Wilson runs a critical eye over Man Utd’s current state here:
While Eric Dier talks h*ndball and more, here:
Afternoon everyone. What to make of this one then? Two heavyweight-ish sides about which it’s hard to divine whether they’re very good this season. Manchester United’s unconvincing early performances and seemingly confused transfer window have done little to muffle the mumblings of those who wonder whether the club have got any sort of plan. The move to sign Edinson Cavani, formidable forward though he is and has been, has more than a whiff of the Zlatan or Larsson cameos at Old Trafford. And the Bruno Fernandes/Mason Greenwood love-in period of high summer suddenly seems very distant.
José Mourinho meanwhile returns to Old Trafford boasting Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon as recent arrivals. Bale is unlikely to figure today but Reguilon should, and has already shown his promise. Tottenham have had a curious season so far, schooled by Everton first off before outplaying Southampton and Newcastle only to be denied victory against the latter by that handball kerfuffle about which all opinions have now been officially exhausted and are thus prohibited. And they’ve reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup without winning a game over 90 minutes, as well as the Europa League group stage. Busy, busy, busy.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side won this fixture last season, 2-1, condemning Mourinho to his first loss as Spurs manager before United somehow scrambled a draw from a sub-par performance at an empty Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June.
It’ll be an intriguing one. Don’t go anywhere. Kick off 4.30pm BST.