Manchester United are looking forward to continuing their win streak this Sunday, with the upcoming Tottenham Vs Man Utd challenge at the Wembley Stadium.
Before travelling to Dubai for their mini break mid-season, United managed a comfortable home victory against Reading last Saturday, in the FA Cup 3rd round with the final score being 2-0. This was the 5th consecutive victory under the tenure of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
Unfortunately, French midfielder Paul Pogba missed this FA Cup victory after picking a knock against Newcastle United during the Red Devils’ last Premier League fixture. Pogba was ruled out, while Jonjo Shelvey’s horror challenge went unpunished.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Frenchman was focusing on his recovery from injury, which required extra treatment at United’s AON Training Complex. Meanwhile, the club released an official statement, regarding Pogba’s initial absence from the training camp.
The Frenchman finally joined United’s training camp in Dubai 2 days ago, sparking a ray of optimism in the camp. United’s social media team shared pictures of the same from the training camp, via their official Instagram account.
Despite Pogba’s late arrival, it is expected that he is going to be fit for the Tottenham Vs Man Utd challenge. Many are considering the same as Solskjær’s biggest challenge, after managing five wins from five, during his tenure at Old Trafford. In an interview for MUTV, Pogba said:
“It gives us the confidence, that mentally we are ready, we are strong. For the rest of the season we would just want to do the same, and carry on like that.”
According to Caught Offside’s report, Solskjær has revealed that he is hoping for Pogba’s return for the upcoming crucial Tottenham Vs Man Utd fixture at Wembley.
“Paul [Pogba] has had his knock and has had a few days of treatment back home. Hopefully, we can get Paul on his feet during this week,”
Meanwhile, he also spoke to MUTV about Rojo and Fred. He said:
“Marcos [Rojo] has gone back home because his injury is taking a bit longer than we thought”
“Fred’s partner is expecting a baby.”
Meanwhile the real question arises: Is United ready for the Tottenham challenge despite defensive woes?
Manchester United’s defense still remains to be a questionable matter, after some fidgety display against Reading at Old Trafford. This remains an important task to work upon for Solskjær.
Marcos Rojo has sent back home to Argentina due to his latest injury setback. CB Chris Smalling’s appearance is also in doubt, following his foot problem.
However, according to The Express’ report, the Norwegian manager received a further boost with Smalling. The 29 year old eyes for a comeback in the Tottenham Vs Man Utd game. He continues to recover from his injury, by working with coaching staff, running through some drills.
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Meanwhile, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof seem to start at the centre of the defense for the Red Devils with Eric Bailly serving the last game of his three match suspension.
After being asked about his upcoming opponent, Solskjær was in full praise for the same. Speaking to The Evening Standard, Solskjær acknowledged his opponents as “one of the most fearsome attacking forces in Europe.” The Norwegian further added:
“They’ve performed really well over a few years now and they’ve been towards the top of the league,”
“There will be loads of things we need to look at both as individuals – you’ve got (Harry) Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, (Christian) Eriksen one of the best playmakers, you’ve got (Heung-Min) Son, (Dele) Alli – and we have to look at the team unit and how we play against them.”
“Tottenham have performed fantastically this season, they’ve got a great way of playing.”
The baby faced Assassin is optimistic, despite the daunting task of the Tottenham Vs Man Utd game ahead, this weekend. Regarding the motivation for his team’s morale and performance against Pochettino’s Spurs, Solskjær seems confident. He further added:
“But we’re at Wembley, we’re playing against one of the top teams, it doesn’t need motivation.”
With strong optimism back in the United training camp after a long time, the Norwegian eyes for a record 6th consecutive victory. The Red Devils will be travelling to Northwest London for their first biggest challenge this year, with 3 points at stake, which can affect the standings in the PL table, for both the teams.
Tottenham eye for maintaining the same form, they did against Chelsea in the last round of the FA Cup. United on the other hand, eye for revenge, for their last 0-3 home defeat (thanks to Kane’s opener and Moura’s brace). It will be interesting to watch how the 2 managers line up against each other, with the 3 points up for grab.
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