Confirmed: United team to face Spurs

Saturday 30 October 2021 16:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Manchester United starting XI for our Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur has been announced.

The boss has taken advantage of Raphael Varane's return from injury by slotting him in alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in a central defensive three. Marcus Rashford makes way from the front four as the formation is altered.

Meanwhile, the only other change to the side from our last outing is the inclusion of Edinson Cavani from the off, who comes in for Mason Greenwood in attack.

Cavani will be joined there by Cristiano Ronaldo in what will be their first start together, with Bruno Fernandes supporting the duo.

Scott McTominay will again partner Fred in midfield, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw featuring as wing-backs.

For Spurs, they have also made changes from a defeat last weekend, to West Ham, as Ben Davies replaces Sergio Reguilon at left-back, and Giovani Lo Celso takes the place of Tanguy Ndombele in midfield.

The hosts are expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Lucas Moura, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in attack.


United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Varane, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Fernandes; Cavani, Ronaldo.

Substitutes: Henderson, Bailly, Dalot, Matic, van de Beek, Lingard, Sancho, Greenwood, Rashford.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (c); Royal, Dier, Romero, Davies; Skipp, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso; Moura, Kane, Son.

Substitutes: Gollini, Doherty, Reguilon, Sanchez, Rodon, Tanganga, Alli, Ndombele, Bergwijn.

Kick-off is at 17:30 BST and live updates will be available in our Match Centre and Official App.


“Enough talking by myself and others, so the only proof is on the pitch and we need – yeah as you said put things right.

"Put a good performance out there and then hopefully you’ll get the result.

The player's response?

“You’ll see the spirit of Man United, you’ll see the spirit of these players. A tight knit group and of course performance is one thing. If you put a performance, you can never control the result but of course we need a result as well.”

“We need to prove to ourselves, we’re a better team and who’d want to live with no pressure. Who would want to live like going any game with that feeling like it’s just another game. Any game for this club is a big, but after the week we’ve had it’s a pretty big one.”

Changes and formation?

“We’ve of course put a few more experienced players in there, I think we need that experience and that foundation to perform from so that’s the main thing.

"We need to control the game with and without the ball. We need to use the full width of the pitch, that’s of course our full-backs/wing-backs - that’s their responsibility now.

"We’ve got players like Cristiano and Edinson on the pitch together, that’s two players that you want in the box together so we need to provide them with the crosses."

Ole was speaking to Sky Sports