United travel to the capital on Sunday to face a West Ham team who have suffered defeat in their last two previous Premier League outings. The reds should be on a high following Wednesday nights exertions, although the mammoth effort required in order to overhaul that two goal deficit may leave the reds slightly jaded come Saturday evening.
The early team news is that Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans will again miss out through injury, whilst Nemanja Vidic is suspended following his red card against Liverpool. The news also broke earlier that Wednesday night’s hero Robin Van Persie will face a 4-6 week spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. Antonio Valencia, Javier Hernandez and Luis Nani are also doubts for tomorrow’s game. Taking all this into consideration, this is how united could line up at Upton Park tomorrow:
Without any question, David De Gea picks himself these days. His world class performance on Wednesday was pivotal in United progressing in Europe with his stand out double say giving United the platform to turn the game around. Hopefully he doesn’t have as much to do tomorrow.
The manager is short of option in the defensive department due to the injuries to Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans as well as Nemanja Vidic’s suspension. As a result expect Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand to continue at the heart of United’s defence and Rafael to take up his usual position at right back. As for left back, Moyes may be tempted to give Buttner some game time ahead of the Bayern Munich game in which Evra is suspended for, but expect the Frenchman to keep his place in the team tomorrow.
There is plenty of option for David Moyes in this department tomorrow, and you would expect him to make a few changes. Juan Mata will undoubtedly return to the side whilst Fellaini will more than likely come into the team in place of Ryan Giggs. The manager will undoubtedly be looking to use Fellaini to help deal with West Ham’s aerial threat. Michael Carrick will more than likely keep his place in the side following his good display on Wednesday and that just leaves us with the the left wing position. I expect Ashley Young to get the nod tomorrow as the manager will favour him ahead of Januzaj to try and install some balance to the team. The Englishman also came off the bench Wednesday suggesting he is still very much in Moyes’s plans.
United’s forward line near enough picks itself tomorrow. Wayne Rooney is a certain to start in the capital whilst Danny Welbeck should get the nod alongside him following his impressive performance on Wednesday. The manager may possibly toy with giving kagawa a chance in behind Rooney ahead of the Bayern Munich games but expect him to go with the tried and tested tomorrow.
Predicted Starting XI
Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra;
Mata, Carrick, Fellaini, Young;
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