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Struggling Red Devils have clean bill of health against boastful Mourinho Army

Manchester United may be struggling on the transfer front, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at least has a near clean bill of health in his squad ahead of this weekend’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Solskjaer has already confirmed Harry Maguire should be fine to start, having missed the Carabao Cup victory over Brighton in midweek. Axel Tuanzebe is still out injured.

United are hopeful that many players will have now played enough minutes to fully match fit as they look for a third successive victory, having lost their opening game of the new season.

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Before Paul Pogba’s cameo in the Carabao Cup against Brighton, he may well have been heading out of Solskjaer’s preferred 11 to face Tottenham. But the fact Pogba scored and looked happy and confident, plus United’s need for a robust midfield against Jose Mourinho’s side, means he should start with Donny van de Beek against Tottenham.

A switch to a diamond would allow Solskjaer to include his three star midfield names as well as Nemanja Matic, with United in need of the Serbian’s defensive nous against Harry Kane and company. Eric Bailly is the better central defensive option to Victor Lindelof right now and deserves to start.

This system at least gives United some attacking options to bring off the bench, including Mason Greenwood and Juan Mata, with Fred and Scott McTominay to support the midfield. The pace and movement of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford ought to worry the Spurs’ defence.

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United have the luxury of a genuine selection headache going into the game against Tottenham but it should still be pretty straightforward based on their strongest XI.

Bailly has been flawless in both appearances for the club this season so deserves a start alongside Maguire, while Pogba’s late cameo against Brighton in midweek came as a timely response to Van de Beek’s own impressive form since signing.

James has looked a shadow of his former self lately but should be back on the bench for this one with Greenwood, Rashford and Martial still the only viable front three for a game of this magnitude.

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