Manchester United take on Tottenham in London in the Premier League on Saturday evening. United began the new campaign with a 1-0 victory against Wolves earlier in the week and although three points were secured, the performance was underwhelming and Gary O’Neil’s side felt aggrieved to leave with nothing. Although Raphael Varane scored the match-winning against Wolves, his centre-back partner Lisandro Martinez was substituted at half-time. Martinez sustained a minor ankle injury but returned to full training ahead of facing Tottenham. Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez will be fit to face Tottenham after Erik ten Hag confirmed the news before his 20-man squad travelled to London. Argentina international Martinez was substituted at half-time during Monday’s unconvincing 1-0 victory over Wolves, having been shown a yellow card early on. Fans assumed that Ten Hag’s decision to sub him was because of the booking, but it later emerged that the 25-year-old had picked up an ankle injury.
Fortunately for the Red Devils, Martinez has made a speedy recovery, with the issue only proving to be minor. That means United manager Ten Hag will have him available for Saturday night’s clash with Spurs alongside 19 other players who were spotted at Stockport train station on Friday afternoon. During his pre-match press conference beforehand, the Red Devils boss was asked if Martinez would be available and replied: “He was just training, so I think so, yeah.” Four of Martinez’s team-mates are still out through injury, namely goalkeeper Tom Heaton, midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, winger Amad and striker Rasmus Hojlund. The latter is yet to make his first appearance for United after signing for £72million earlier this month. For Tottenham, newly-appointed manager Ange Postecoglou says that centre-back Cristian Romero is available for selection, having been substituted after only 14 minutes in Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Brentford due to a head injury. “Cristian is good to go,” Postecoglou confirmed.
A nge Postecoglou is unlikely to make significant changes for his first home game in charge of Tottenham against Manchester United on Saturday. Cristian Romero is available despite being forced off with a suspected concussion in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Brentford, while the new head coach has no fresh injury concerns. Fraser Forster is expected to be back on the bench after resuming training this week. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could add extra protection in midfield, although the Dane’s future remains uncertain amid interest from Atletico Madrid.Ivan Perisic is an option for the front three but Postecoglou is likely to continue with Dejan Kulusevski and new captain Heung-min Son either side of Richarlison. Postecoglou wants his side to “impose their game” on United, who began the season with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Wolves on Monday.