Match to be played on Sunday 1st December 2013 at 12:00. Venue: White Hart Lane, London.
Having qualified for the next round of the Champions League in some style, Manchester United now turn their attention to continuing their gradual climb up the Premier League table.
After an impressive 1-0 home win against Arsenal, the international break could not have come at a worse time for David Moyes’ men. And so it proved, as any momentum gained from that triumph was lost during a limp performance against Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds showed just how much United miss Michael Carrick. And in truth, even when the England man is fit, the purchase of another quality central-midfielder is crucial. But that is a point for another day. For now the main concern is picking a starting XI to beat a Tottenham side smarting after their humbling at the Etihad.
Spurs may have been battered last weekend but that will not be encouraging for Moyes. He will know that Sunday’s opposition will be desperate to prove that was a one off, and in front of the White Hart Lane faithful, United could be in for a very tough afternoon.
Both Robin van Persie and Nemanja Vidic missed Wednesday’s match against Bayer Leverkusen. And while Sunday’s game may come too soon for the Dutchman, I expect Vidic to overcome his concussion and possibly replace Rio Ferdinand in defence, if the England man is rested.
Given United’s performance against Bayer Leverkusen, Moyes will surely not want to change a winning side; and aside from the possible inclusion of Vidic, the only question will be whether Ryan Giggs can start so soon after his outstanding display against the Germans.
Here is how I expect the champions to start against Tottenham:
De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Jones, Giggs, Valencia, Nani, Kagawa, Rooney