May 15, 2021

Man Utd


Henderson and Fred in Manchester United expected team vs Tottenham

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Manchester United are likely to bring Dean Henderson and Fred back into their starting line-up for Sunday’s clash with Tottenham.

United will surely make changes from the side that beat Granada 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba were all substituted off in Spain due to slight injury concerns, but all three could be risked to face Jose Mourinho’s side. The changes should come in midfield, where Fred is likely to return — either in place of Scott McTominay, or alongside the Scot with Pogba out wide.

Henderson is expected to come back in for David de Gea in goal, after cementing himself as the United No.1 as things stand.

Speaking to the media after Thursday night’s win in Granada, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he was waitingon a few players’ fitness before selecting a team.

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He said: “We’ll pick a team, probably I don’t think I will until [Friday] morning to be honest, because it will be difficult to prepare.

“We’ll have to stay over here, fly back tomorrow [Friday] and Saturday will just be a day of recovery and see how the bodies feel.

“So I don’t know until then, but I hope both Luke and Marcus will be ready after tonight, yeah.”

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Solskjaer was quick to ease fears about Rashford specifically, after the forward came off around the hour mark for the second successive game, looking in some discomfort.

The Norwegian added: “I don’t think you need to be concerned about his fitness. Of course, barring any injury. No, his fitness is really good.

“He’s an athletic boy, he’s a fit boy, strong boy, you can see tonight when he goes into headers and challenges, he can look after himself.

“But, at one point, of course you hope to get to a position where he doesn’t have to play every game, every minute and, at the moment, of course we have to take him off because his foot is a little bit sore.

Predicted United XI: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Cavani.

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