Manchester United face West Ham United on Sunday at Old Trafford. The Hammers are in great form lately and look to secure a European football spot this season. David Moyes’ men have shown great character and determination and it will be a tricky fixture for United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation and the double pivot will be vital against the likes of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek. Bruno Fernandes can have more freedom while going forward and creating chances.
1. Goalkeeper and the back four.
David De Gea is likely to return and be available for the game but Dean Henderson may be preferred over the Spaniard given the latter’s recent form. Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly as the center-back pair and Bailly should be preferred over Victor Lindelof due to the physical presence of Soucek in the final third. Luke Shaw is the obvious choice at left-back given his form this season and Alex Telles may find it quite difficult to start ahead of the Englishman. Aaron Wan-Bissaka starts at right-back and needs to be at his best.
2. The midfield trio.
Scott Mctominay and Fred with the double pivot and Bruno Fernandes as the number ten. Mctominay can mark Soucek and the latter is pretty good during set-pieces and have scored a lot of goals for the Hammers this season. United will once again depend on Fernandes and the Portuguese national needs to inspire the team with a good performance.
3. The front three.
Marcus Rashford is likely to miss out due to the ankle injury and Daniel James will start at left-wing, Mason Greenwood can be deployed as the right-winger with Edinson Cavani upfront. West Ham has been very solid defensively and the front three needs to put up an excellent display to find the net. Greenwood scored against West Ham in the away fixture but has not been good in front of the goal this season.
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