Louis van Gaal should pick this alternate Manchester United XI against Tottenham

Dutch coach needs to drop some of his favourites and bring in fringe players

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Louis van Gaal's Manchester United might be fourth in the Premier League and looking strong to return to the Champions League after a season exiled, but they are a club in crisis.

One of the most profitable and popular three clubs in world football, United may be in a better position in the league under their Dutch coach than they were a year ago under David Moyes, but that comes after a massive summer spending spree and a similarly poor brand of football.

Defeat to Arsenal on Monday night means the club are facing another trophyless season - barring a very unlikely title tilt - while supporters at Old Trafford were heard booing the team against Sunderland after a tepid display.

We outlined what Van Gaal must do between now and the end of the season to make a proper long-term improvement, but with up to five first-team players potentially missing for the game against Tottenham on Sunday, he has a huge decision to make with his team selection in the immediate future.

With Angel Di Maria and Jonny Evans suspended, Robin van Persie still missing and both Ashley Young and Luke Shaw possibly missing after picking up knocks against Arsenal, Van Gaal has a chance at radical change.

It starts with dropping favourites Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind...

Here's a possible XI (4-2-3-1):

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