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Probable Manchester United Starting Lineup Against Tottenham

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Manchester United face arguably their toughest test of the festive period when they host Tottenham on New Years Day. David Moyes has changed his team more times than any other top six team across Europe, but here we try to predict which starting XI he will go for this time around.

United welcome back Rooney, having rested his slight groin injury against Norwich, Welbeck must surely start, given that currently he is scoring goals and playing well, despite on occasions looking slightly awkward.

Januzaj will most likely return to the starting line up as Giggs failed to make an impression at Norwich, and looks perhaps to have gone on a season too long. Ashley Young who is also in form currently, will start on the right.

It is in the centre of midfield that will be interesting. Moyes will most likely go with Carrick and either Fletcher or Tom Cleverley. Cleverley has played an awful lot recently but the jury remains out as he often fails to find a team mate with even the most basic of passes. Kagawa is also an option but may be used from the bench as Moyes will look for more solidity in the central areas of midfield.

With Spurs no longer adapting the Villas Boas 4-5-1 approach under Sherwood and actually going out to attack teams, it is unlikely that Moyes will require a third central midfielder with one upfront, so this should be a fairly open and attacking game.

The back 4 and goalkeeper more or less pick themselves currently because of injuries. Evra continues to look suspect but Buttner is inexperienced and was at fault for a late goal against West Ham a few games ago. Vidic is back and despite the defense looking very rickety at Carrow Road, they came through in the end, so could be unchanged for the first time in recent memory.