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Manchester United will head to the London stadium this weekend to take on the Premier League surprise pack West Ham.
The Red Devils are ninth after scoring 16 points in their first nine games, divided into five wins, one draw and three losses. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troops have struggled to find consistency this season, as those results show, coming into this match after a 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League week.
With the accumulated games, the Norwegian can look to shuffle his package against a team that is one point and four places better in the Premier League. Here’s how I could line up United …
David de Gea (GK) – He left against Southampton last weekend after taking a hit, but he’s not one to give up easily, particularly with Dean Henderson waiting behind the scenes.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – One of United’s most consistent performers. He could offer more in the future, but he should be more than capable of keeping Pablo Fornals or Said Benrahma quiet.
Victor Lindelof (CB) – The rotation is imminent, but difficult days require experience, something Lindelof has along with Captain Harry Maguire.
Harry Maguire (CB) – The United captain has stood his ground in the face of adversity, proving that his many critics were wrong with some decent performances. Know, however, that clean sheets should start to flow.
Alex Telles (LB) – It seems very exciting to move on, but it hasn’t really shown yet what it can do in the other direction. If Michail Antonio plays, he will seek to enter behind Telles through the channels.
Fred (CM) – A true Solskjaer favorite, and should start over even though he saw the Champions League red midweek.
Donny van de Beek (CM) – The minutes on the pitch are slowly increasing for United’s new Dutchman, and he seems to be growing in confidence with each performance.
Bruno Fernandes (AM) – Where would United be without the creative output of Fernandes? He loses a lot of passes, but he is the only player who always looks ahead and tries to make things happen. A wonderful player.
Marcus Rashford (RW) – He looks good in an unfamiliar right-wing role, and should be there if he can overcome, as Solskjaer has hinted, a shoulder problem that forced him to leave midweek.
Edinson Cavani (ST) – He has had to wait patiently for his opportunity but now the Uruguayan seems eager to leave. An elite forward who will relish the opportunity to get behind West Ham’s three-man defense.
Anthony Martial (LW) – It’s looked bad in recent weeks, but every player has a team that loves to score, and Martial is no stranger to scoring against the Hammers.