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What about Harry Maguire? It is absolutely fair that Maguire probably does not deserve to retain his place. But Solskjaer will want his captain on the pitch, especially if Fernandes is left out.

Raphael Varane is set to return from injury and he is likely to go straight back into the side, alongside Maguire.

Back in: Alex Telles is the obvious replacement for Shaw and he deserves a recall. Likewise Dalot should come in for another chance for Wan-Bissaka, to send a message to the right-back to improve.

Nemanja Matic will likely replace McTominay to shore up the midfield, with Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho coming into the attack.

Ronaldo will likely retain his place as will Marcus Rashford, with Edinson Cavani expected to miss out unless Solskjaer shifts formation to play two up front.

Now, Manchester United aren’t at Old Trafford this weekend so perhaps his outlook would be different anyway. Regardless, it should be. Dropping Cristiano Ronaldo seems like solving one problem by creating another, so instead United should show some tactical fluidity which negates the need to attempt a high press they’re both incapable and unwilling to commit to.

Real Madrid won three straight Champions League titles with Ronaldo in the team with tactically intellectual Zinedine Zidane able to accommodate his defensive deficiencies while making the most of his attacking strengths.

I don’t think personnel change is necessary, or particularly helpful given United’s squad, but having a strong defensive base in midfield with Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic acting as a double pivot is their best chance at keeping things secure in a 4-2-3-1.

When United lose the ball, reverting to a flat 4-4-1-1 out of possession is workable thanks to Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho’s energy and pace allowing them to transition quickly, to keep United solid without needing to asking Ronaldo to engage in a press he never has done in his career. This is the same system Zidane employed during much of his first spell at the Bernabeu to great effect.

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It won’t be the prettiest Manchester United philosophy of all time, because Matic and McTominay are solid but not great facilitators to feed the front four. But it should be a lot more robust than last Sunday, and still has the attacking personnel to damage a Spurs side who are there to be got at.

4-2-3-1: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Varane, Shaw; McTominay, Matic; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo

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