The Reds extended their Premier League unbeaten run this weekend, with Jesse Lingard giving United a lead with an excellent late goal before David de Gea produced a heroic penalty thanks to Mark Noble’s efforts into stoppage time.
This means United have taken 13 points in their first five league appearances and are currently at the top of the table alongside Chelsea and Liverpool. However, they hope their momentum will continue in this midweek Carabao Cup game.
However, West Ham will travel to Old Trafford on this occasion, but if David Moyes is to deploy a strong squad, his star center-forward Michail Antonio will be available for selection after serving his ban from a Premier League game against United on Sunday. .
While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised changes to the side that beat West Ham, it is not yet known whether Edinson Cavani or Victor Lindelof will be available for United, although the Norwegian has confirmed that Alex Telles and Anthony Elanga will be in the game. ‘team.
Which players will make the starting XI? Here’s how our MEN editors think United should line up …
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Tom Heaton is set to make his United debut, but Dean Henderson is the second-choice keeper and is back in good shape. The problem with the four full-backs is that there is no full left-back to start in place of Luke Shaw and it would be unfair of Diogo Dalot to move him to his unnatural side. Alvaro Fernandez is still too raw, even though he deserves a place on the bench. Alex Telles may need to be parachuted into the defense.
Nemanja Matic is expected to be saved for Saturday’s early kick-off, so Fred can walk away with Donny van de Beek. Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho both need a fulfilling start and Juan Mata has not played this season. Anthony Martial needs a good performance as much as a start – if Cavani is not declared fit.
There are set to be big changes for United, with Henderson deserving a start if he feels the demands of senior football again. Dalot is the only option on the right side of the defense and Telles makes sense on the left if he’s fit enough.
Bailly has to start, but perhaps the most intriguing option would be Jones as he makes his own comeback after a scorching 18 months on the sidelines.
Matic is expected to be kept for the weekend so Fred and Van de Beek can continue their encouraging Young Boys partnership in the first half of the year, while old man Mata deserves a No.10 role.
A front three from Lingard, Sancho and Martial offers great flexibility and a lot of possibilities to change positions on the fly.
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Solskjaer has promised a rotation of the United squad that beat West Ham in the Premier League and it would be wise to offer Henderson his first start of the season after his battle with COVID here – starting Heaton instead could send the wrong one message.
Dalot can audition for a permanent right-back role while Bailly, Lindelof and Telles can make up the rest of the bottom line, but that obviously depends on the fitness of that latter pair.
Matic has played well when presented with the opportunity in recent weeks and he can start in the double pivot alongside Fred, but don’t be surprised to see McTominay play from the bench during this game as he aims to regain full physical shape.
Sancho can start on the right after being benched against West Ham in the league, Van de Beek can finally get a chance to play in his preferred position and the seemingly informed Lingard can cut that right flank to cause danger.
Martial is United’s forgotten man this quarter, but he can lead the line here.