Tottenham used to be one of Manchester United’s favourite shopping destinations. From Teddy Sheringham to Michael Carrick to Dimitar Berbatov, they would browse the choicest of produce before adding them to the basket.That supply line has buckled in recent years as Spurs’ reputation has swelled and United’s has dwindled, but as the teams meet at Wembley on Sunday, Tottenham fans will know that supermarket season could be hurtling towards them once more. And it’s not just the players who could leave this time. Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly, and understandably, top of the Old Trafford list as the permanent replacement for Jose Mourinho. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? If that managerial move transpires, will Pochettino succumb to the temptation of returning to his former club and raiding them for talent?Tottenham’s policy of seemingly renewing their players’ contracts every three weeks could help avert this doomsday scenario but if he does head to Old Trafford, who might he be tempted to bring with him? Goalkeeper/DefenceTwelve months ago the goalkeeper position was a no-brainer. David De Gea almost earned Manchester United their runners-up spot by himself last season, preventing an additional 14 goals based on Opta’s Expected Goals model.It was one of the great campaigns by a goalkeeper in Premier League history and was almost certainly unsustainable – something that 2018-19 has proven, with the Spaniard regressing to par (30 goals conceded, 30.3 on the xG model).On the same basis this season’s pace-setter is Alisson at Liverpool (+7) but just behind him in second place is Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (+5). His Premier League form dipped last season – only Petr Cech made more errors leading to a goal – but the underlying numbers suggest that he has been one of the unsung heroes for Spurs in 2018-19.United’s central defence needs some reconstruction work and one man who most definitely could find himself travelling up the M6 at some point is Toby Alderweireld.The fact that Tottenham have conceded less than a goal a game when he has featured in the Premier League (0.8) compared to 1.1 when he has been absent suggests that even though he turns 30 in March, he would likely improve what has, for the most part, been a suspect Red Devils defence.Meanwhile, Bury-born Kieran Trippier would likely be an upgrade at right-back, with the England defender having recorded 13 Premier League assists in the last three seasons – one more than Antonio Valencia’s assist record in the past six campaigns.MidfieldIf Dele Alli’s six-year contract is insurmountable, even for United and all their riches, Christian Eriksen wouldn’t be a bad alternative.The Dane is yet to pen a new deal and the vultures are already circling, with Real Madrid having been heavily linked with a move for as much as £225 million ($289m), if you believe what you read in the Spanish press.Second only to Eden Hazard for chances created in the Premier League in 2018, Eriksen has scored 19 long-range goals since joining Spurs in 2013, more than any other player. It’s that sort of return that would help United close the gap on their rivals, with their tally of goals scored from disance way lower than their top-four rivals.The 26-year-old is also the owner of a quasi-telepathic relationship with Harry Kane. His total of 18 assists for the England captain is rapidly approaching the Premier League record of 24 (Frank Lampard to Didier Drogba). Team Goals from long range since 2013-14 Man City 69 Liverpool 67 Tottenham 62 Chelsea 60 Man Utd 47 AttackWhich leads us to neatly to the attack. The thought of Kane and Marcus Rashford transposing their international relationship to the club game would be a tempting one for whoever takes over at Old Trafford.Kane would follow in the footsteps of Sheringham and Berbatov and is younger, and almost certainly better, than both of them were when they moved to Manchester.Already hurtling towards 150 Premier League goals, Kane offers many of the attributes of Romelu Lukaku but potentially in a more consistent format.Only six players in Premier League history have scored five or more goals with each of their left foot, right foot and head in a single season. Lukaku is one of them, but Kane is the only player to have done it twice. Season Player Left-footed goals Headed goals Right-footed goals 2017-18 Harry Kane 10 6 13 2016-17 Romelu Lukaku 12 6 7 2014-15 Harry Kane 5 5 11 2007-08 Cristiano Ronaldo 5 5 20 2006-07 Didier Drogba 5 5 10 1995-96 Robbie Fowler 16 6 6 1993-94 Dean Holdsworth 6 5 6
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CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon, Sports Illustrated released a new series of covers for its College Football Playoff preview edition. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma were featured in the edition as the four teams gear up for the playoff.For Alabama, star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took the cover, while Kyler Murray starred for Oklahoma, Travis Etienne for Clemson and Ian Book for Notre Dame.Check out all four covers below.After tearing through the ACC, can @ClemsonFB keep it going in the College Football Playoff? Check out our special preview issue featuring @swaggy_t1: https://t.co/KUIpdS5B90 pic.twitter.com/8KXnMM9f1Y— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 14, 2018As @OU_Football eyes its eighth national championship, Heisman winner @TheKylerMurray takes centerstage on the cover of our special College Football Playoff preview issue: https://t.co/TDPt6ibsEk pic.twitter.com/bGrLDb4kfP— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 14, 2018In just over two weeks all four programs will fight for the right to play in the College Football Playoff national title game. Alabama is hoping to claim back-to-back titles, while Clemson hopes to crush the Tide’s hopes once again.Alabama faces off against Oklahoma in a match-up of Heisman Trophy finalists while Clemson takes on Notre Dame in a match-up of undefeated programs.