Manchester United head to the London Stadium this weekend to take on Premier League surprise package West Ham.
The Red Devils are ninth after picking up 16 points from their opening nine games, divided into five wins, a draw and three defeats. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops have struggled to find consistency this season, as those results show, and come into this fixture off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League midweek.
With the fixtures piling up, the Norwegian may look to shuffle his pack against a side who are a point and four places better off in the Premier League. Here’s how he could line United up…
David de Gea (GK) – Went off against Southampton last weekend after picking up knock but isn’t one to give his place up easily, particularly with Dean Henderson waiting in the wings.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – One of United’s most consistent performers. Could offer more going forward, but should be more than capable of keeping Pablo Fornals or Said Benrahma quiet.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – Rotation is imminent, but tricky away days call for experience – something Lindelof has alongside captain Harry Maguire.
Harry Maguire (CB) – United’s captain has stood firm in the face of adversity, proving his many critics wrong with some decent performances. He knows, however, that clean sheets must begin to flow.
Alex Telles (LB) – Looks so exciting going forward, but is yet to really show what he can do going in the other direction. If Michail Antonio plays, he’ll look to get in behind Telles down the channels.
Fred (CM) – A real favourite of Solskjaer’s, and should start again even though he saw Champions League red in midweek.
Donny van de Beek (CM) – Minutes on the pitch are slowly increasing for United’s new Dutchman, and he looks to be growing in confidence with every performance.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Where would United be without the creative output of Fernandes? He misplaces a lot of passes, but is the only player who consistently looks forward and tries to make things happen. A wonderful player.
Marcus Rashford (RW) – Has looked good in an unfamiliar right-wing role, and should find himself out there if he can overcome – as Solskjaer has hinted at – a shoulder problem that forced him off midweek.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – Has had to wait patiently for his opportunity but now the Uruguayan looks raring to go. An elite level striker who will relish the opportunity of getting in behind West Ham’s three-man defence.
Anthony Martial (LW) – Has looked out of sorts in recent weeks, but every player has a team they love scoring against – and Martial is no stranger to scoring against the Hammers.