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Predicted XI: Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur – Young ousts Kagawa and Januzaj

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea – De Gea will be keen to concede less goals than his counterpart Anders Lindegaard did in this fixture last season.

Chris Smalling – With Rafael and Phil Jones still presumably injured, Smalling is set to carry on at right-back.

Nemanja Vidic – With Smalling at right-back, Vidic will probably remain at the heart of defence where he performed excellently last weekend against Norwich.

Jonny Evans – Evans will need to be rested in the near future after several consecutive appearances but his increasing authority could be vital in pressing up on Tottenham in this fixture.

tottenham-home-2013Patrice Evra – Evra is another who will need resting soon but surely not for such an important match.

Antonio Valencia – Returning from suspension, Valencia is set to gain his place back on the right with Ashley Young set to start on the left.

Michael Carrick – Having returned from injury against Norwich, Carrick will now be looking to get into his full stride with a second consecutive appearance.

Tom Cleverley – Any of Cleverley, Fletcher or Giggs could partner Carrick on Thursday but the in-form Cleverley is perhaps most likely to be selected.

Ashley Young – Young is showing his best form of the past two seasons currently and has earned another start on New Year’s Day.

Wayne Rooney – Despite suffering from a mild injury, David Moyes has hinted at the importance of Wayne Rooney for big games, suggesting that the Englishman will start against Tottenham despite not being 100%.

Danny Welbeck – The in-form Welbeck will be looking to continue his good recent goalscoring form against Spurs.

Formation: 4-4-1-1

After an almost luxurious three day gap between fixtures, Moyes will pick as full a strength side as possible for this important match. If the above line-up is correct then Ryan Giggs, Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj will make for a strong bench capable of changing the game.

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