Aiming to end their three-game winless run across all competitions, Manchester United travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United in the Premier League.
The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Bournemouth at Old Trafford in the Premier League and a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich which saw them get eliminated from the Champions League. However, Erik ten Hag’s men showed some spirit and character by holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield last weekend.
Ten Hag and Co. will be hoping to build on that result and get back to winning ways in the Premier League against West Ham, who enter this contest after suffering elimination from the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday evening.
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Ten Hag has confirmed in his press conference that Victor Lindelof has undergone surgery and will be out for two weeks. Harry Maguire is still out, while Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez and Mason Mount are not expected back until next month.
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen and Amad Diallo have returned to team training as they look to make a comeback from injury. Bruno Fernandes is available for selection after serving a one-game suspension but his Portuguese compatriot Diogo Dalot is ruled out after being sent off against Liverpool.
Predicted Manchester United lineup vs West Ham United (4-2-3-1)
Andre Onana had a solid outing against Liverpool and kept a clean sheet. The Cameroonian shot-stopper will be hoping to build on that and shut the shop as quickly as possible against West Ham.
In Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof’s absence, Raphael Varane and Jonny Evans partnered up in central defence at Anfield last weekend and will once again be asked to do so against David Moyes’ side at the London Stadium.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is the natural choice to replace the suspended Diogo Dalot at right-back, while Luke Shaw should hold onto the left-back spot. The full-backs will be asked to provide attacking flair and width to the team but must also stay defensively switched on to contain West Ham’s tricky wide players.
Bruno Fernandes is back following a suspension, and his return could mean that Kobbie Mainoo drops down to the bench. The Portuguese will operate from his usual No.10 role, looking to split open the West Ham defence with his incisive passing and vision.
Scott McTominay, who is Man United’s top scorer this season, should move into a deeper midfield area to partner Sofyan Amrabat. The duo must protect the back four and provide a strong base for Fernandes to thrive in advanced areas of the pitch.
Alejandro Garnacho and Antony should continue to provide width from the left and right-wing, as Ten Hag wants them to continue on their decent form from recent games. Despite failing to open his Premier League account, Rasmus Hojlund will continue to lead the line for the Red Devils.
Marcus Rashford, Facundo Pellistri and Hannibal Mejbri will be vying to make an impact off the bench if given opportunities by Ten Hag.
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