It’s wholesale midfield changes for Andre Villas-Boas as Tottenhan look to overcome scoring woes and get back on track against a surging Manchester United.
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AVB has chosen to sit Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend, and Louis Holtby as he instead goes with Moussa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, and Aaron Lennon in the attacking midfield.
Spurs have scored just 9 goals from open play this season.
It’s certainly interesting to see Paulinho, Sandro, and Dembele in the lineup as the Spurs boss has specifically spoken to Dembele that he prefers the two Brazilians to the Belgian in central midfield, but now’s the chance for Moussa to show his value on the ball.
For David Moyes and Manchester United, unbeaten in six Premier League matches and coming off a 5-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League, Shinji Kagawa starts for just the fourth Premier League match this year.
It’s also a momentus occasion for Chris Smalling and David De Gea, as both make their 100th Manchester United appearance.
Tottenham Hotspur – Lloris; Walker, Vertonghen, Chiriches, Dawson; Paulinho, Sandro; Lennon, Dembele, Chadli; Soldado.
Bench – Friedel, Kaboul, Capoue, Holtby, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Defoe.
Manchester United – De Gea; Evra, Vidic, Smalling, Evans; Jones, Cleverley; Welbeck, Kagawa, Valencia; Rooney.
Bench – Lindegaard, Rafael, Anderson, Fellaini, Nani, Young, Hernandez.