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Combined XI: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur will become the latest team to attempt to stop a rejuvenated Manchester United side when they welcome the Red Devils to Wembley on Sunday.

Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won all five of his games at the United helm so far - and could become the first manager in the club's history to make it six in a row - but Spurs are also in good form having won 15 of their last 18 outings across all competitions.

The match also contains an intriguing sub-plot with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino facing the club he has been heavily tipped to take over at the end of the season.

Here, Sports Mole selects a combined XI from both squads, using only the players available this weekend.



Combined XI: TOT vs. MNU

Manchester United's defence may have been leaky this season, but it could have been even worse without David de Gea, whose reputation as one of the world's best remains intact as he beats World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris into the team.

It is an all-Spurs defence in front of him, though, with Kieran Trippier an easy choice ahead of Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Diogo Dalot at right-back.

The opposite flank is one of the tougher positions in the team with Ben Davies and Luke Shaw providing competition, but Danny Rose has been preferred by Pochettino of late and so just about gets the nod.

Chris Smalling and Jan Vertonghen are likely to miss this match through injury, while Eric Bailly remains suspended, limiting the centre-back options. United target Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have forged a decent partnership in defence, though, and are also fairly simple picks ahead of Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof.

Nemanja Matic has endured a hugely disappointing season by his own standards but has improved enough under Solskjaer to earn his place in this team ahead of Ander Herrera, Fred or Harry Winks - although his cause is helped by injuries to Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele too.

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of United's change in management has been Paul Pogba, though, with the Frenchman beginning to show the type of form we knew he was capable of. Pogba has been passed fit for this match and, while he has thrived in a more advanced role under Solskjaer, the quality ahead of him sees him drop back into the holding two in this XI.

Sunday will be the in-form Son Heung-min's final match for Spurs before jetting off to the Asian Games and his performances over the past month or so make him a sure-fire pick, while Christian Eriksen on the opposite flank remains one of the best playmakers in the entire division.

The likes of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez miss out in the all-Spurs front four, with Dele Alli filling in at number 10 behind Harry Kane, who leads the line ahead of some strong competition from United.

Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku have both hit fine goalscoring form under Solskjaer, but Rashford is understood to have been told that he is the main striker and in a straight shootout between him and Kane, we have to go with Kane every time.

Neil Warnock struggling to get signings over the line at Cardiff

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has voiced his frustration over transfer window inactivity and compared deal-making to “climbing a mountain with butter on one of your hands”.

The Bluebirds have suffered a difficult January window so far with moves to land Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne and Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze ending without success.

Warnock also made another visit to France in midweek to watch Nantes striker Emiliano Sala for the second time in a month, but he admits it is unlikely that the Argentinian will be heading to south Wales.

“It’s like climbing a mountain with butter on your hands,” Warnock said ahead of the crunch relegation battle against Huddersfield on Saturday.

“One day you think you are almost there and then you slide back down.

“You get your hopes built up. People say ‘yes, that’s a done deal’ and all of a sudden the next day it’s not a done deal.

“You have to learn to live with that really.”

Warnock branded Liverpool a “disgrace” and accused them of lacking class after missing out on the signing of Clyne.

The England full-back opted to join Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season, with Warnock saying he had discovered on television that his former Crystal Palace player had chosen the Cherries.

The veteran manager claimed he was “promised” the right-back on loan by the Reds, but his attitude over Clyne has softened in the week after the shock FA Cup defeat to Gillingham.

“I know I got criticised for saying that about Liverpool and Clyne, but all I needed was a phone call to say he is going to Bournemouth,” Warnock said.

“If I had a choice of going to Bournemouth and Cardiff, I’d snap their hand off to work for the manager (Eddie Howe) there.

“I don’t blame Nathaniel for going there at all, they are a great club and they are established.

“You can’t blame the fans (for wanting signings), but all of us have to be patient.

“If nothing happens, so what? I won’t be losing any sleep with the squad I’ve got.

“We’ve done it before and we’ve had a great time.

“I’ve got to give them a team that’s got to scrap and get enough points to stay up. They can help me with that.”

Cardiff entertain Huddersfield one place and two points above the relegation zone.

Warnock’s side are eight points better off than bottom-placed Huddersfield and Terriers manager David Wagner has described it as a “must-win” game from his perspective.

“I don’t think it’s the same for us as them, but I understand his sentiments,” Warnock said.

“When you play teams in the bottom half of the table, they are all must-win games really.

“This one is no different. What they have done in the last three years has been phenomenal and we are trying to do that.”

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