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Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof couldn’t deal with the pace, energy and movement in the hosts’ attack, while Nemanja Matic and Fred offered little protection from midfield.

As the two teams prepare to meet again at Goodison on Sunday, Sportsmail takes a closer look at their progress – and the problems Solskjaer still needs to fix.

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United splashed out to make Harry Maguire the most expensive defender of all time at £80million, while another £50m was spent on Aaron Wan-Bissaka after his breakthrough season at Crystal Palace.

Paul Pogba has not started a game for United since late September and has just eight appearances to his name all season after a string of injury problems.

Things may be far from perfect now, but Solskjaer made a concerted effort to fix his side’s defensive issues during the last summer transfer window.

They have the joint-fourth best defensive record in the Premier League this season having conceded 29 goals, although their total of seven clean sheets needs work.

And perhaps most importantly of all, Pogba’s ankle issues helped speed up a move for Sporting Lisbon captain Bruno Fernandes in January.

The £68m man already looks at home in a red shirt and is now free to take on the role of chief playmaker in Pogba’s absence.

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They have, however, had more shutouts in all competitions than any side in Europe apart from PSG and Liverpool. Solskjaer has a foundation to build on.

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Both have become integral parts of Solskjaer’s back four, while competition from youngster Brandon Williams has helped improve Luke Shaw’s form.

Although United would have been better off with a fit and firing Pogba in midfield this term, they have learned to live without him already.

The much-maligned Fred has improve significantly in recent months, while Scott McTominay was quickly developing into a first team regular before injury struck.

His agent, Mino Raiola, has no made secret of the Frenchman’s desire to leave for Juventus or Real Madrid at the end of the season, but that now looks like much less of a problem for Solskjaer.

Despite sitting fifth in the table, a whopping 38 points behind rivals and leaders Liverpool, United have made improvements since that nightmare day on Merseyside.

United were ripped apart by Everton 10 months ago and were lucky not to concede more against a side who had beaten Chelsea and Arsenal in their previous two home games.

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Tottenham will turn their attentions to securing the futures of their current squad, with Son Heung-min in line for a new contract.

Glenn Hoddle believes his former club have been missing a creative passer in their side since Christian Eriksen left the club for Inter Milan last January.

The England international has been in and out of the side under Mourinho’s tenure and keen for more playing time.

Jose Mourinho desperately wants to add another striker to his squad before the window closes.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty were signed from Premier League rivals Southampton and Wolves respectively.

Alli does not appear to be a part of Mourinho’s plans at Tottenham, with the midfielder being linked with a move away this month.

The 66-cap Switzerland star, 28, joined the Portuguese giants in 2017 and has 43 goals in 125 games for the club.

He signed a fresh contract a year ago so still has four seasons left on his current deal.

Gareth Bale re-signed on loan from Real Madrid, while Sergio Reguilon completed a permanent move from the La Liga giants.

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However, the Spurs boss is said to be keen on signing another centre-back, with Diop recently losing his place in the Hammers’ line-up.

Mourinho was reportedly interested in Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar in the summer before bringing in Joe Rodon.

Alli has been linked with a move away from Spurs after falling out of favour under Mourinho this season.

And although deadline day is October 5, Premier League sides can buy from the EFL for a further 11 days.

There has been speculation of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, who recently appointed former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.

The 28-year-old has 50 goals in 168 Cherries appearances and made his first appearance of the season on Sunday, coming off the bench in the 1-0 win over Norwich.

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Spurs navigated a successful transfer window, signing seven first-team players – culminating in last Thursday’s capture of Wales central defender Joe Rodon from Swansea.

Mourinho is keen to bring in another centre-back after being linked with Milan Skriniar last summer.

The Brazilian behind Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane.

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And it is understood the club have identified King and Seferovic as targets to support or be understudy to Kane.

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A new center back and holding midfielder should be the priority, while Jadon Sancho would be a luxury signing. Solskjaer needs a few more defensive options to turn this team into a real title contender.

It is believed Leicester want close to $100 million for the England international but Chelsea are hoping the Foxes’ failure to qualify for the Champions League, plus if Chilwell puts in a transfer request, will lower the price.

Chelsea are hopeful that their bid to sign Ben Chilwell from Leicester City this summer will be successful.

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Like other sides, they don’t need to do much but a solid back-up option for Raul Jimenez up top, if he stays, would be ideal.

Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move from Bayern Munich and Liverpool’s only need is a different type of central midfielder. It doesn’t seem like Klopp will spend big and will instead put his trust in some star youngsters.

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An upgrade at center back and up front is needed, while a new goalkeeper may also be ideal ahead of Sam Johnstone. Slaven Bilic likes to make plenty of signings and he will no doubt dig deep into his network.

Kyle Walker-Peters could arrive permanently at right back after a successful loan spell, while Mohamed Salisu is their main center back target. Defensive improvements are key for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s young, hungry side and Weston McKennie in holding midfield would be ideal too.

They have a lot of defensive and midfield players but Joelinton has been far from prolific. Newcastle have Allan Saint-Maximim and Miguel Almiron creating chances, but they need someone to finish them off.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is their main target and he would give them extra guile and drive in central midfield. A very Jose Mourinho type player who will roll his sleeves up and do the dirty work. Another center back would be handy too.

Every single season for about eight years the main transfer need for West Ham is a striker. This season is no different as Michail Antonio is better out wide but has done a fine job as an emergency center forward. Another center back and left back to make David Moyes’ side even more solid would be key too.

Nathan Ake could arrive at center back, while a left back should be a priority too. Ferran Torres could replace Leroy Sane on the wing too. Pep Guardiola needs to improve his defense to try and close the gap on Liverpool.

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