Predicted Manchester United XI to face West Ham
Manchester United head to West Ham this weekend looking for our first away win of the season.
So far we have drawn away to Wolves and Southampton, and this game against an in form and rested Hammers side will present a big test.
Last season United lost 3-1 at the London Stadium and so this is not a game Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be taking lightly.
This was reflected in the Europa League selection on Thursday, when key players including Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire were rested.
There appears to be no positive update regarding Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.
Dan James shaking off his injury knock will be key as he is United’s only real first team winger. He has been in excellent form since joining and will be needed.
Jesse Lingard showed he had recovered from illness, coming off the bench in United’s 1-0 win against Astana.
In total we expect there to be nine changes from the team which faced Astana.
Centre-back: Expect Victor Lindelöf and Harry Maguire to resume their partnership. However, there is a case that Axel Tuanzebe’s physicality and aerial strength could be vital against Sebastien Haller and he could get the nod over Lindelöf.
Left-back: Ashley Young is most likely to continue replacing Luke Shaw. Marcos Rojo’s performance against Astana has at least put him in contention.
Midfield: Paul Pogba’s absence continues to give United a dilemma. Scott McTominay will play, and it could be a straight choice between Fred and Nemanja Matic. The bold choice would be to go with Fred.
Jesse Lingard’s pressing ability is likely to see him get the nod in this away game as an attacking midfielder.
Front three: The right wing spot remains problematic. We expect Solskjaer will go with the uninspiring choice to play Andreas Pereira here again, valuing his work rate.
Diogo Dalot would be a bolder call, although after his injuries it is not likely he will start another game so soon after the Astana game.
Mason Greenwood is a contender to play there, but he may be used to make an impact from the bench, with Marcus Rashford starting.
Pablo Zabaleta potentially featuring at left-back for West Ham due to Arthur Masuaku’s suspension presents a positive match-up for Dan James to take advantage of if he shifts to the right for periods. It is possible that James, Lingard and Pereira rotate positions throughout the game.
On the bench
Despite his underwhelming game against Astana, Tahith Chong could be used as an impact player with United light on wingers.
If Matic starts, then Fred could be brought on to add energy midway through the game, but his performance against Astana may warrant a start.
Diogo Dalot is likely to be among the substitutes.
This is going to be a tough game and without Martial and Pogba, United’s attacking options are stretched.
Hopefully with another week’s rest they will both be fit for the following Premier League game against Arsenal.
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