Report: Tottenham wonderkid Dele Alli to start against Manchester United, and haunt Van Gaal

Dele Alli is in line to start for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United.

Dele Alli is in line to start for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester United this weekend, report The Telegraph.

The central midfielder impressed for Spurs against Real Madrid in midweek, showing a fearless streak when it came to playing against top players.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will already be wary of Alli. The England under-19 international played a part in the Red Devils humiliation 12 months ago.

Alli was part of the MK Dons side which demolished United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup, playing a key role in his side's memorable victory, and it's one he still looks back on favourably.

He told The Telegraph: "That was a surreal night. Hopefully we can repeat that, but I think it might be tough.

"It was a great platform for the club and me, and a few of the other players. We showed everybody what we could do. So you could say it helped me get noticed."

Alli is competing for a place with last season's breakthrough star Ryan Mason, but he has the edge after the latter missed the entire pre-season with a knee injury sustained on international duty after a training challenge from Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino showed at Southampton he was unafraid to give young players a chance, and this is one of the key reasons he can prove to be the right man to lead the club over the coming seasons, irrespective of the result this weekend.

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