Next up is a trip to Old Trafford on Sunday. Visits to Manchester United used to be write-offs of course, any point gained there was a bonus, but these are different days and whilst we wouldn’t turn our nose up at a draw, we’ve won there twice in our last four visits and the players will know that a repeat is a definite possibility.
We face the Miserable One at a time when his side, whilst not exactly hitting their stride, are at least not stuttering quite so much. They had the better of recent draws with the Gooners, Hamsters and Toffees and Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Martial are looking less like spare parts. There have been less eccentric selections and slowly, though not necessarily surely, they are starting to look more like a team rather than a bunch of bank accounts.
We’ve had a decent week of course, eight goals scored and only one conceded. Harry’s back to full fitness, Dembélé’s had a rest, Winks has furthered his reputation, Eriksen’s hit some form, Alli’s broken his personal goal drought and Alderweireld played twenty minutes without apparent mishap. Everything’s sweet.
It’ll be a surprise if Toby doesn’t take his place alongside Vertonghen in the back four and if Dembélé also returns it will be only the second time this season (I believe) that we’ve started with our strongest spine. No more excuses.
Alongside Dembélé we should expect to see Wanyama with the unlucky Dier taking a place on the bench. Both he and Alli have shown patchy form this season as much through them being constantly switched in position as anything else. Whilst Dele appears to be have given a settled spot once more, the nightmare looks like it’s about to recommence for Dier.
Much may well depend on how Wanyama and Dier get on against Carrick and Mkhitaryan in the middle. If they win that battle, then Eriksen and Son should get enough possession to supply Alli and Kane.
Hugo, Walker, Rose, Toby, Vertonghen, Dembélé, Wanyama, Eriksen, Son, Dele, Kane.
That should do it!
Bobby Madley is the ref. He’s already reffed our games against Liverpool and Leicester this season, both 1-1.
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