As Manchester United prepare to host West Ham United in the Premier League clash on Sunday, Erik ten Hag faces a straightforward decision. Following their disappointing 2-0 loss at the London Stadium just seven games ago, United now have a chance to reclaim their position by overtaking the Hammers at Old Trafford.
A victory against David Moyes’ side would propel the Red Devils up to sixth place, potentially positioning them within five points of the coveted Champions League spots.
Let’s take a look at how Ten Hag is expected to line up his squad after their thrilling 4-3 victory against Wolves.
Goalkeeper – Onana
Andre Onana, back in action after a brief absence, conceded three goals in the second half at Molineux, with little fault of his own. It’s evident that he remains Ten Hag’s preferred choice over Altay Bayindir, who deputized during Onana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Defense – Dalot, Varane, Martinez, Shaw
Diogo Dalot has quietly emerged as one of United’s key players this season, seemingly surpassing Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the right-back pecking order. Expect him to retain his spot, alongside Luke Shaw, who is set for his third consecutive start at left-back since returning from injury.
While Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez are still rekindling their defensive partnership, Ten Hag is likely to persist with the duo, trusting in their eventual cohesion.
Midfield – Casemiro, Mainoo, Fernandes
Ten Hag is expected to maintain continuity in midfield. Casemiro, gradually regaining his form after a prolonged absence, showcased glimpses of his impact against Wolves. Alongside him, Kobbie Mainoo, hailed for his late heroics in the previous match, is a certainty in the lineup.
Captain Bruno Fernandes is another guaranteed starter, offering his creative prowess and leadership in midfield.
Attack – Garnacho, Rashford, Hojlund
Despite the brief turnaround, Ten Hag is unlikely to tinker with his potent attacking trio. Alejandro Garnacho, impressing on the right flank with his creative spark, is poised to retain his spot. Marcus Rashford, responding emphatically to recent controversies, adds firepower with his goal-scoring form.
Rasmus Hojlund, enjoying a prolific spell, is set to lead the line after his recent goal-scoring exploits.
Overall, Ten Hag is likely to field a formidable lineup, aiming to capitalize on their recent momentum and secure a vital victory against West Ham United.