‘Leaked’ Man United XI vs Tottenham
The Manchester Evening News have revealed Man United’s supposed XI for the Tottenham game several hours before the team sheets come out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is as follows:
De Gea, Young, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Martial, Rashford.
While M.E.N note that the XI remains “unconfirmed”, they also say it’s the “expected team”.
No Romelu Lukaku, no Alexis Sanchez
Romelu Lukaku has rediscovered his scoring touch in recent weeks.
The Belgian striker has scored in Man United’s last three games in all competitions.
However the Star reported last week that Solskjaer has set his pecking order for United’s attack: Rashford first, Lukaku second.
Lukaku is expected to be named on United’s bench.
Regarding Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean has been carrying an injury since the FA Cup match with Reading.
Sanchez was missing as United’s squad travelled by train to London on Saturday.
Alexis isn’t expected to be named in the Man United 18-man squad at Wembley.
Man United & Gareth Southgate
One of the big stories in the press on Sunday is the Telegraph’s claim that Man United are looking at Gareth Southgate.
Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino remains the preferred option, but that deal may prove too tough for United.
Reporter Sam Wallace, who broke the news that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in the frame to begin with, linked Southgate with Old Trafford.
That story has received mixed reaction.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) January 12, 2019
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— Sunday Supplement (@SundaySupp) January 13, 2019
What a dreadful show this is on @5liveSport right now just dismissing stories as ‘rubbish’ like they know. This is absolutely unlistenable with people talking over each other,
— Neil Custis (@ncustisTheSun) January 13, 2019
Truly shocked that a @bbc5live show would describe a story from @TelegraphSport written by journalist @SamWallaceTel about Man U being interested in Southgate as “made up” and complete rubbish. It was Sam who got the Solskjaer story before anyone else last month btw
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) January 13, 2019
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 13, 2019