Manchester United head into Sunday’s match with West Ham amid a full blown injury crisis.
Most of these injuries are in attack, with problems worsening after Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan.
Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani are all dealing with injuries and more likely to be targeting a return against AC Milan than this one, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated to the club website.
Even if one of them were fit to feature against West Ham, it would only realistically be from the substitute’s bench.
This really leaves United with limited attacking options. An inexperienced front three of Mason Greenwood, Dan James, and Amad Diallo is most likely.
United could try to shift formation to play with just two up front, but then you lose some of the natural width James and Amad provide, pushing them up into more central roles to join Greenwood.
United’s midfield options are stretched too. Paul Pogba remains out, along with Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata.
Pogba scored in the December win over West Ham while Mata provided the assist for one of United’s goals. Mason Greenwood did score in this match, and he will need to reproduce this. He hasn’t netted a league goal since.
Midfield and defence more straightforward
Further back, United’s options are more straightforward and easy to predict.
Bruno Fernandes will start, and Scott McTominay and Fred will feature behind him, with Nemanja Matic dropping out.
Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw will predictably return in defence in place of Eric Bailly and Alex Telles.
Dean Henderson will continue in goal with David de Gea questionable. Solskjaer told the club website the Spaniard is back in the UK but has to isolate and is unsure if he will be available this weekend.
Henderson actually played in the previous match against the Hammers back in December, and also in the FA Cup win against them last month too.
There will be four changes in total; Martial, Matic, Bailly and Telles out, with Amad, Fred, Lindelof and Shaw back in.
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