As Manchester United gear up for their upcoming clash against West Ham at Old Trafford, manager Erik ten Hag faces a familiar dilemma of squad rotation due to various factors affecting player availability.
Despite a season marred by injuries, illnesses, and controversies, the current scenario presents a rare opportunity for ten Hag to field his strongest starting eleven without any fresh doubts.
In goal, Andre Onana retains his place despite recent doubts over his form, with Altay Bayindir providing capable backup.
Diogo Dalot is expected to continue at right-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s availability uncertain due to a lingering leg issue. Raphael Varane is set to continue his run in central defense alongside Lisandro Martinez, who is recovering from a minor knock but is likely to start.
Luke Shaw is the preferred option at left-back, with alternatives like Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans available, while Victor Lindelof remains sidelined despite returning to training.
In midfield, the in-form Kobbie Mainoo is poised to retain his spot, alongside Casemiro, who is gradually regaining match fitness. Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen provide viable alternatives.
Mason Mount’s return to training is a positive sign, but he is not yet match-fit, leaving Bruno Fernandes as the undisputed choice for the number 10 role.
On the wings, Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford are expected to start, with Antony likely to provide cover from the bench. Amad Diallo and Omari Forson are additional options, while Facu Pellistri, Jadon Sancho, and Mason Greenwood are unavailable due to loan spells.
Up front, Rasmus Hojlund aims to continue his impressive scoring streak, with Anthony Martial sidelined due to injury.
Considering these factors, here is our predicted XI for the upcoming game:
Goalkeeper: Andre Onana
Defenders: Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw
Midfielders: Kobbie Mainoo, Casemiro, Bruno Fernandes
Forwards: Alejandro Garnacho, Marcus Rashford, Rasmus Hojlund