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The Tottenham XI That Should Start Against Manchester United in the Premier League

90min logo 90min 12/3/2019 Toby Cudworth
Jose Mourinho wearing a suit and tie: Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League © Julian Finney/GettyImages Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

The Premier League fixtures start coming at us thick and fast now we're into December, but you won't be hearing any complaints from new Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho.

​The Special One™ is back in town and the good times appear to be rolling again at the club, after three successive wins over West Ham, Olympiacos and Bournemouth.

From afar, you'd think that's pretty sterling work. But take a closer look at the fine print and you see that although Tottenham are winning and scoring goals, they are haemorrhaging two per game at the back - something that will be of deep concern to Mourinho.

Next up, he takes his Lilywhites back to his old Manchester United stomping ground, in what's sure to be the first real test of his Spurs tenure. So, we here at 90min thought we'd have a crack at naming the team who should line up against the struggling Red Devils...

Goalkeeper & Defenders

a crowd of people watching a football ball: Toby Alderweireld © Michael Regan/GettyImages Toby Alderweireld

Paulo Gazzaniga (GK) - Hugo Lloris is still on the sidelines for ​Spurs after dislocating his elbow at Brighton, leaving Gazzaniga to act as deputy once more. He's done pretty well in truth, looking composed and more than comfortable of absorbing pressure on his goal.

Serge Aurier (RB) - You get the feeling that Jose Mourinho's appointment could bring out the very best in Aurier, even though he is a bit of a loose cannon. Both have points to prove in north London and working together could be the catalyst that inspires vast improvements in the Ivorian's game.

Toby Alderweireld (RCB) - Having been linked with Mourinho and Manchester United for approximately 35,173 months, it's awfully nice to see the two finally working together. It probably means the Belgian will pen a new deal at the club, too, which could bode well if he continues to provide delicious cross field passes like the ones we saw agains Bournemouth.

Jan Vertonghen (LCB) - A tough start to the season for Vertonghen, blighted by disciplinary issues and injury, appears to be in the past now, with the 32-year-old now back seemingly back in favour. Played at left back last time out, but could be shifted infield to accommodate a natural full-back in Danny Rose.

Danny Rose (LB) - With Ben Davies out injured and Vertonghen potentially joining his Belgian running buddy Alderweireld back in the heart of defence, there's a good chance that Rose will be back in the team at Old Trafford. His pace and positional knowhow will be vital against the pacy Daniel James, though many will be worried about his success with the second of those traits.

Midfielders

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Moussa Sissoko (CM) - Boundless energy, a tremendous work ethic and the ability to maraud forward are valuable traits that Sissoko can bring to this Tottenham side. More mobile and willing to put his foot into the tackle, he should be the preferred option over the more gentile Harry Winks.

Eric Dier (CM) - Like teammate Aurier, Dier will be hoping that Mourinho's arrival can revive his career in north London. Things haven't been that bad, admittedly, but the player himself would be the first to admit that his levels of performance have dipped since his early days under Mauricio Pochettino. Could be vital to holding things together in the anchor role.

Dele Alli (AM) - The second coming of ​Dele appears to be full steam ahead after three standout performances under Mourinho, the latest of which saw him bag a brace against Bournemouth at White Hart Lane (call it Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if you wish, but no). Is brimming with confidence and will fancy his chances of nabbing another against a mentally frail United.

Forwards

a man holding a football ball: Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League © Catherine Ivill/GettyImages Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos FC: Group B - UEFA Champions League

Lucas Moura (RW) - Lucas' time at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino was often frustrating, because as good as his performances were, he always seemed to be turfed back onto the bench the following week. Under Mourinho, he may enjoy a more prominent starting role - and should look forward to testing Luke Shaw if he returns from injury.

Harry Kane (ST) - ​Kane's career will forever be dogged by naysayers who say he doesn't perform when it really matters. But his goal record, overall contribution to the team and form this season should shut down most of those critics in an instant. Will relish coming up against England teammate Harry Maguire, with a goal most certainly on his pre-game request menu.

Son Heung-min (LW) - One of the most electric and consistent performers in the Premier League, Son is a devastating winger capable of tearing teams to shreds. He'll match up against Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford, one of the best defensive full backs in the league, in what should be an interesting pitting of wits, with the South Korean bound to be confident of coming out on top.

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