Tottenham vs Manchester United: Three big issues facing Nuno and Solskjaer ahead of key showdown

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Tottenham vs Manchester United: Three big issues facing Nuno and Solskjaer ahead of key showdown
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Manchester United visit Tottenham on Saturday evening in what is a key fixture for both under-pressure managers.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting for his job after last weekend’s humiliating 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool at Old Trafford, while Spurs counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo has flattered to deceive since taking charge in north London, with his cautious style of football drawing no shortage of criticism.

Here, Dan Kilpatrick looks at three of the biggest issues facing both managers this weekend.

Nuno's substitutes

"Nuno, Nuno make a sub," chanted the travelling Spurs fans during the win over Burnley, after the head coach was reluctant to use his bench in the last three League matches.

Nuno appears to only trust a select few of his squad, which is unsustainable long-term, and his use of substitutes will be under particular scrutiny on Saturday.

Solskjaer's selections

While Nuno's XI practically picks itself, Solskjaer's selections could determine his fate. There is pressure on the United boss to drop underperforming defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, as well as Cristiano Ronaldo, while many fans would like to see forgotten man Donny van de Beek in midfield.

Solskjaer has a wealth of attacking options to choose from, including Edinson Cavani, and could even switch to a back three on Saturday.

The tactical battle

It is hard to know what you're going to get from Nuno's Spurs. They counter-punched successfully versus Manchester City and were briefly impressive with a high-risk, high press against Chelsea.

Solskjaer's United have tended to play on the front foot but often looked effective when sitting deeper and playing on the break, which could be an option for the visitors on Saturday.

The managers’ set-ups could go a long way to determining their futures.

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