Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, as the two prepare for a big clash at Wembley Stadium.
Spurs will hope to continue their perfect start to 2019, having won three games, kept three clean sheets and scoring 11 goals in all competitions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be looking to make it six wins in a row at Wembley, while also seeking revenge for their humiliating 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture last August.
1. GK – David de Gea
Spurs and United can boast two of the best goalkeepers in the league in their ranks, but it’s the Red Devils’ number one who edges this one. De Gea has proven to be a crucial player, and his 26 appearances this season mean he’s played more than any of his team mates.
Although he had a World Cup to forget with Spain, the Spaniard has been great for United this season, as he continues to establish himself as one of the best goalkeepers around.
2. LB – Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw is at left-back in this back four, having made 21 appearances this season. The Englishman has had an injury blighted season, though when he has played he has excelled under both new manager Solskjaer and his predecessor José Mourinho.
If there’s one thing holding Shaw back, it would be his discipline – the defender has picked up seven yellow cards this season, joint most in United’s squad alongside Ashley Young.
3. CB – Davinson Sánchez
With Jan Vertonghen still sidelined with a hamstring injury, Colombian defender Davinson Sánchez has seized his opportunity in Mauricio Pochettino’s side with a string of solid performances over the Christmas period.
Sánchez has formed a strong partnership alongside Toby Alderweireld, and has been outstanding for Spurs this season as he looks for another resilient performance against Manchester United.
4. CB – Toby Alderweireld
Alderweireld could’ve been representing Manchester United in this XI, after a long transfer saga which saw him heavily linked to the Red Devils. However it looks like he’ll be staying with Spurs for now, as they activated his extension clause to keep him until 2020.
It is clear to see why Spurs were so eager to keep the Belgian defender. Alderweireld is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and is a key part to Tottenham’s defence.
5. RB – Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier makes up a Tottenham-dominated back four, as he continues to impress under Mauricio Pochettino. Although the England international faces tough competition from Serge Aurier, he remains first choice at right-back.
Trippier has made 21 appearances for Spurs during this campaign, contributing in attack as well as defence with four assists.
6. DM – Moussa Sissoko
Ridiculed and lambasted for his performances not too long ago, Sissoko has transformed into a fantastic player and become a key part of Pochettino’s midfield. He brings strength and dominance to the Tottenham team, as he establishes himself as a regular.
Sissoko has played 23 times this season, and at 29 years old he has earned widespread praise for his performances in recent games, such as his display against Barcelona.
7. CM – Paul Pogba
If you had picked a combined XI about three months ago, it is unlikely that neither Sissoko nor Paul Pogba would be selected. However, with José Mourinho now gone Pogba has been rejuvenated at United, and he is emulating his World Cup performances once again.
Since the arrival of Solskjaer three weeks ago, the Frenchman has been in red hot form, with four goals and three assists in his last four appearances. Pogba has simply been outstanding under the Norweigan, and will be hoping for a big performance on Sunday.
8. LW – Marcus Rashford
At 21 years old, Marcus Rashford is really finding his feet at Manchester United. The Englishman has seven goals and six assists this season, and is having a great season at Old Trafford.
With a healthy supply of attacking options for Solskjaer, Rashford earns his place in the starting lineup thanks to his attacking flair and speed on and off the ball.
9. AM – Christian Eriksen
Eriksen has been absolutely crucial for Spurs, sitting at the heart of their attacking quartet. The Dane’s flair and grace on the pitch doesn’t go unnoticed, as Tottenham are eager for him to sign a contract extension.
Eriksen’s six goals and nine assists this season show how good of a player he is, as he continues to put in outstanding performances week in week out.
10. RW – Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min will be eager to secure all three points on Sunday, as following the game he flies off to the United Arab Emirates to represent South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup. Tottenham will certainly miss him, as the winger is a real asset to Pochettino’s side.
Son will hope to continue his fine form against United at Wembley, with 12 goals and nine assists for Spurs this season. He has excelled for them this season, as he continues to earn plaudits for his outstanding performances.
11. FW – Harry Kane
There is little doubt on who leads the line in our team. Harry Kane has continued his excellent form from last season, as he has netted 20 times for Spurs during the campaign.
The Englishman is their top scorer this season, and has now moved up to fourth in the all time leading goalscorer charts. Manchester United will need to be at their very best to keep Kane quiet on Sunday afternoon, as the striker hopes to add to his impressive record this season.