Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Confirmed: United team to face Tottenham

Friday 19 June 2020 19:17

Manchester United's line-up to face Tottenham Hotspur away in the Premier League this evening has been announced.

Here's the side selected by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the Reds' first match since the coronavirus lockdown:

United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred, Fernandes; James, Martial, Rashford.

Substitutes: Romero, Bailly, Williams, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Ighalo, Greenwood.
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Solskjaer's starting line-up shows two changes from the side that began our last Premier League game back on 8 March.

Marcus Rashford starts in attack, with Brandon Williams being the odd man out as a back five becomes a four-man defence, and Scott McTominay takes Nemanja Matic's midfield berth. The two replaced players are both named among the substitutes.

Rashford, who made positive political headlines this week, has recovered from the back injury he sustained in the Emirates FA Cup replay win over Wolves on 15 January. Paul Pogba is on the bench as he looks to make his first appearance since the Boxing Day victory over Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, former Reds manager Jose Mourinho has recalled attacking stars Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to his Spurs line-up - both of them were missing before the enforced break due to injury.

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Bergwijn, Kane.

Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Lo Celso, Sessegnon, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, White.

Speaking to Sky Sports in a pitchside interview before the game, Solskjaer said of Rashford's week in the ascendancy:

"When you're happy outside the pitch, you can be happy on it as well and Marcus is a fine human being, a fine young man and he's been looking really good in training. Of course this was a longer break than he's ever had probably, so I think we'll see the best of him."

As for Ole's thoughts on the return to action behind closed doors, he said: "You're excited to get back in the swing of things, playing games and preparing for games.

"Then again, it's an empty stadium and [there's a] lack of emotion that will create. It's going to be a strange and new experience for the boys. We all look forward to the day the fans come back in but we're going to make the most of it now."

United's first-ever match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium kicks off at 20:15 BST and you can follow it live in our Official App and the Match Centre on ManUtd.com.