Ole Gunnar Solskjær told three Manchester United players that they will start against Tottenham

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker says Ole Gunnar Solskjær should make some brave changes in his starting line-up against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night, and insists that club captain Harry Maguire should be among the victims.

United will take the trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium under tremendous pressure to catch up with last Sunday’s 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford, which extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games.

If he does not return to win, it could mean the end for manager Solskjær, where the Norwegian is under heavy pressure to save his job. As reported by the Manchester Evening News earlier this week, United were considering firing the 48-year-old, but the lack of a successor plan saved his skin.

However, Solskjær is still under intense pressure and needs to guide his side to a much-needed victory, something Parker has suggested will only be possible if he makes changes, some of which may raise his eyebrows.

“It’s going to be a mini cup final,” Parker told Eurosport. “None of the managers can afford to lose it. He has to make changes, because if he does not, it will create a toxic atmosphere among the traveling fans looking for a change.

“Solskjær has to make changes and the right changes. You can not leave out Cristiano Ronaldo, but he has to play against Edinson Cavani to get some work speed up front. Ronaldo does not want to shut down, but Solskjær has to try something on He does not need two holding midfielders against Spurs.

“If it was me, I would take Fred because of his faster feet and Donny van de Beek. I saw him play there against Spurs for Ajax and he was brilliant, but he needs a run on the team.

“If Raphael Varane is fit, I would play him alongside Victor Lindelof. I saw fewer problems with him than the other three in the Liverpool match. It’s awful what’s happening with Maguire and [Luke] Shaw down the left side. Neither can defend one against one, communicate or defend the space.

“United can’t hold zero, but I will go with my heart and say they win this one.”

Varane, as confirmed by Solskjær on Friday lunchtime, is available for selection, which means he is in the fight to return to the defense and replace either Lindelof or Maguire.

Although Maguire’s performance was more than questionable against Liverpool, there is a general feeling that the English national team player will retain his place and Lindelof will be the one to make room for Varane.

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