Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has revealed he is spending extra time in the gym in an attempt to "be tougher" when he steps onto the pitch.
The 20-year-old was brilliant in a breakout season under David Moyes last term, but has struggled to make the grade under new coach Louis van Gaal, who has started him in just seven Premier League matches this season.
With British record signing Angel Di Maria suspended for the match on Sunday, and struggling for form, and Ashley Young a doubt because of injury, Januzaj may be in line to start against Spurs.
Manchester United alternate XI
Manchester United alternate XI
1/11 GK: David De Gea
No question over the place of the brilliant Spaniard; one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
2/11 RB: Rafael
For whatever reason, the Brazilian seems to have completely lost the trust of Van Gaal and only started six matches in the Premier League, and not since 26 October, with winger Antonio Valencia starting in defence instead. But Rafael, although sometimes very rash, is a good defender, always gives his 100 per cent and is an asset going forward. He would be an upgrade over Valencia.
3/11 CB: Chris Smalling
A long way from the finished article, Smalling has all the tools to be a top class centre-back but appears to lack the calmness or reading of the game to truly make the next step. Has been United's most reliable centre-back this season when fit, but the club certainly need to upgrade in the summer.
4/11 CB: Phil Jones
Like Smalling, Jones has all the tools but he too can make rash decisions and would be better with a more experienced head alongside him. Only just coming back from injury so if Shaw is fit Rojo should play in the middle.
5/11 LB: Marcos Rojo
Whether playing at centre-back, on the left of a back three, at wing back or at left-back, there haven't been too many complaints about Rojo, who on the whole has looked decent. He's decent on the ball and strong (if a little rash) in the tackle, and by and large a good defender. If Luke Shaw - who has enjoyed a mixed season but shown potential - is fit enough he should start, with Rojo replacing Phil Jones in the centre.
6/11 CM: Ander Herrera
That Ander Herrera has only started nine Premier League matches this season is a complete mystery to most. He has three goals and three assists in the league, is strong in the tackle, good on the ball and, unlike Carrick and Blind who like to stay deep, is willing to get up and support his forwards with late runs. Has been starting recently but needs a run of games next to Carrick.
7/11 CM: Michael Carrick
Daley Blind is a firm Van Gaal favourite but despite showing a couple of neat touches here and there, he offers very little as a central midfielder. He plays in a very safe manner, only ever going sideways and backwards and rarely breaking forward or creating chances. The same accusations have been thrown at Carrick over the years but he is better - Manchester United's best performances this season (in December/January) have come with Carrick pulling the strings.
8/11 RW: Antonio Valencia
Proved yet again that he is not a right-back. Terrible against Arsenal, he was partially to blame for the first goal, when he turned his back on Oxlade-Chamberlain, and completely to blame for the second goal with a poor back pass. But he is a very effective and direct winger and should be restored to his proper position - if Ashley Young is not fit enough to play.
9/11 AM: Juan Mata
The brilliant Spaniard must be wondering what he must do - besides grow a foot taller and add a stone of muscle - to make it in the Premier League. He was brilliant at Chelsea before moving to Old Trafford and when he has played he possesses the kind of creative instincts Van Gaal favourite Marouane Fellaini could only dream of.
10/11 LW: Adnan Januzaj
Never mind his latest diving incident against Arsenal, the talented Belgian has been vastly underused by Van Gaal. Part of that is because Di Maria has to play but now he is out, the Belgian should start. He showed too much promise in his debut season to be so marginalised. If Ashley Young is fit enough to play he should start on the left with Januzaj moving to the right instead of Valencia.
11/11 ST: Wayne Rooney
Playing Rooney in midfield isn't the worst option, he can play there in a pinch, but you lose so much by not playing him up top. He is such a dynamic force at his best that he has to play - it's not like Van Persie and Falcao have been on fire when they have played. Three goals in three games since returning to the front line shows his quality.
"I do a lot of work in the gym. I am trying to be faster and stronger so I can be tougher when I go out on the pitch," Januzaj told the Manchester United website.
"I am doing a lot of short, sharp stuff so, when I turn a defender or go past a player, I can just get a few metres away from them with my acceleration."
United fans are used to watching fast wingers speed up and down the flanks at Old Trafford, but more often than not, they have been subjected to slow, unimaginative performances from their team this season.
United may have lost just two of their last 18 Premier League games, but Van Gaal has come in for criticism because of the team's style of play.
Former Barcelona and Chelsea assistant, Henk Ten Cate, who spent a year with Van Gaal while he was doing his training badges, thinks United should stick with his compatriot though.
"You have to give him time because, for me, he is one of the best coaches there is," Ten Cate told talkSPORT.
"I worked closely with him for one year when I was going through the stages to get my coaching licence. I saw what he was doing and the only thing he has to do is get used to the way of playing in England.
"If the owners of the club gave him that much confidence and that much money to spend, it is not a good thing to say goodbye to the coach after one season because it is starting to become his team.
"He needs a little more time but I am almost positive that he is going to surprise Britain with his (style of) football."
Ten Cate admits United's play has not been up to Van Gaal's standards so far, however.
"I know him well and he is the kind of guy who doesn't just go for results, he wants his teams to play good football. He has proved that in the past," Ten Cate said.
"Right now at Manchester United the way they are playing is absolutely not good. But it is not the style of Van Gaal."
Additional reporting from PA
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