It’s finally here! The Premier League season is back, the race for the title, Europe and to escape relegation begins! The first match of the season is a lunch time kick off between a title contender in Manchester United and a side still chasing to get back into the Champions League, Tottenham Hotspur.
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Manchester United have been busy in the transfer window so far with the signings of Sergio Romero, Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin whereas Tottenham have surprisingly been less busy with just three signings all in defence bringing in Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier. In my opinion Tottenham already had enough full backs with Yedlin and Walker so signing Trippier was a surprise however I am surprised they haven’t added a bit of experience to the midfield or attack putting a lot of pressure on Harry Kane throughout the season.
I expect Manchester United to complete some more business over the next couple of weeks before the window closes with Pedro joining the club as Di Maria has left the club. I do expect some more signings at Tottenham especially a forward by the end of the window to support Harry Kane.
Keeping Memphis Depay quite will be very difficult. The Dutchman has been playing in the number 10 role during pre-season and has made a number of breaking runs forward with and without the ball. Tottenham need to make sure they have bodies in midfield which is why I think they should bring in Dembele to support Bentaleb and Mason. Memphis is a very quick player and gets past opponents quite easily at times I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out on the wing during the match with maybe Mata moving a bit infield depending on how the game is going.
Daley Blind v Harry Kane
Surprisingly Manchester United haven’t signed a centre back this summer and Daley Blind has been playing on the left side and has done well in pre-season however a weakness is his aerial ability and pace which could be exploited.
I expect Manchester united to have the majiroty of the ball however when Tottenham do get the ball I do think they should hit it long into Kane so he can bring others into play and maybe feed off crosses into the top from Chadli/Eriksen.
Ashley Young v Kyle Walker
Ashley has just signed a new contract with the club and it is much deserved after his form last season. He linked up so well with Blind/Shaw/Fellaini/Rooney etc… and I think he could be a deciding factor again. He is playing with confidence and has fought for his place in the team and deserves the new contract. He and Shaw have linked up so well this pre-season and with the addition of Memphis Depay in the team it brings more firepower going forward.
I’m still not convinced on Walker defensively he is good going forward but will have a tough time trying to get away from Shaw and Young who work so hard for the team. He has to get his midfielder which probably be Mason to help him out however Mason did struggle in this position at Old Trafford last year so could bring back Dembele and push Mason a little bit further forward?
Christian Eriksen v Matteo Darmian
Christian Eriksen is at his best going forward. I wouldn’t have him in the central midfield position against Depay, Carrick and Schneiderlin as defensive work isn’t his strength. I would put him out wide to test the new signing Matteo Darmian.
When Tottenham get a chance to go forward they have to take it. Chadli and Lamela aren’t exactly players who will put the ball in the box and with Daley Blind likely to be playing in central defence they should try to exploit this and with Eriksen he is a very good crosser of the ball so if he can get the better of Darmian they stand a chance of causing trouble for Manchester United.
No David De Gea!
Louis Van Gaal has confirmed that David De Gea will not start the match against Tottenham on Saturday. The Dutchman said:
“De Gea will not play. A player is also a human being. He cannot manage that. We will have to see who starts”
So the question is, who will start? Sergio Romero? Sam Johnstone? Victor Valdes? Anders Lindegaard?
Marouane Fellaini – suspended
Louis Van Gaal says no injuries!
Matteo Darmian, Sergio Romero, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger & Memphis Depay could make their debuts
No David De Gea!
Lloris should be available again
Soldado, Townsend and Pritchard all unavailable
Dele Alli, Kevin Wimmer, Toby Alderweireld & Kevin Wimmer could make their debuts
Predicted Line Up’s