By Andy Hyslop
- Must win game for both sides
- Young and Jones in contention after under-21s appearance on Monday night
- Rooney returned to training but not ready to feature against Tottenham
Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday to face Tottenham in a fixture both teams need the three points for differing reasons.
By the time the game kicks off both teams could have dropped further behind their rivals at the top of the table. united are chasing both Manchester City and Arsenal in their pursuit of a top four finish and Champions League qualification next season.
Both City and Arsenal play today. Arsenal take on West Ham, who are also challenging a place in the top four. While City take on West Brom in the early evening kick-off.
While Tottenham need to keep winning games if they are to overhaul Leicester at the top of the table. Should Leicester beat Sunderland on Sunday then Tottenham will be ten points behind the leaders when this game kicks off.
Both Ashley Young and Phil Jones appeared for the under-21s against Chelsea on Monday night. Jones played just over an hour and looked off the pace, therefore you wouldn’t expect Jones to be involved despite Van Gaal stating both Young and Jones are in contention.
Meanwhile Young played the full game and look up to the pace and didn’t look like he had been out injured for the last few months. Young was named on the bench against Everton and would expect him to be at least be on the bench again.
Wayne Rooney has trained with the first-team in the last few days and despite reports to contrary, Van Gaal stated that he won’t feature against Tottenham and instead play for the under-21s on Monday night.
Despite having players return from injury, it will very difficult for Van Gaal to find a reason to change the starting line-up from the last two wins against City and Everton.
Looking at the Everton game, Van Gaal made a change at half-time, bringing Fosu-Mensah on for Rojo but you would expect to Rojo to start the game.
Marcus Rashford has started the last nine games and was looking a bit leggy towards the end of the game against Everton and Van Gaal may opt to take him out limelight and restore Memphis or Young to the starting line-up.
Tottenham sit second in the league, behind Leicester City and if they do topple Leicester at the top you couldn’t argue with Tottenham being crowned Premier League champions.
Tottenham not only have the strongest attack in the league but they also have the meanest defence in the division. United will have to look out for the attacking talents of Kane, Alli and Eriksen.
The understanding between Kane and Alli could be crucial for both Tottenham and England in the coming months but you feel that one player they would struggle without is Eriksen
The Dane joined Tottenham for £11million from Ajax at the start of the 2013/14 season. Since then his influence has grown on the Tottenham. Making 121 appearances and soring 30 goals. Add to that the goals he has created for his team-mates.