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Potential selection headache for Slaven as West Ham aim to bounce back

Manchester United vs West Ham United predicted line-ups

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West Ham United enter this weekend's matchup against Manchester United with a near clean bill of health for the first time in almost three months. Winston Reid is listed as the only notable absentee for the game at Old Trafford due to last weekends red card against Tottenham Hotspur, where he will serve a one match suspension. The Hammers have a wide range of first team players to choose from with Wednesday's EFL Cup in mind.


Slaven made three changes for the London derby on Saturday night; Adrian who seemingly lacks any confidence of late took to the bench with number two keeper Darren Randolph getting the nod. Mark Noble picked up five yellow cards and therefore served his one match suspension and the fully-fit again Diafra Sakho was awarded his first start of the season, replacing Michail Antonio who dropped into his usual right wing back role.

West Ham's predicted lineup

Darren Randolph did enough in the last match to cement his place for this weekend's game, although potentially at fault for one of the goals he made numerous key saves throughout the game to keep West Ham in it. Reid's untimely red card means that James Collins could step back into the fray, with Reece Oxford still injured and Håvard Nordveit likely never to be seen in a West Ham shirt again after his antics at Spurs, it'll be the turn of calamity James to keep Ibrahimović at bay.

The most notable name missing from the team sheet is Mark Noble, I myself like most West Hams fans adore Mark and his commitment to the team, but with Pedro Obiang playing his best football in a West Ham shirt and Noble seemingly not hitting the high form of last year, it might be a time for him to take a step back over the next few games. Manuel Lanzini perhaps put in one of his best performances at the weekend playing from a central midfield role and can cause havoc again for a weakened united back four.

Diafra Sakho will most likely retain his place with Bilić still reluctant to start Simoné Zaza and Ashley Fletcher at the moment. André Aye should also get the nod over on the right side, although we haven't seen the best of André since his return from injury, at £20.5 million and a record signing, you would hope his performances begin to make a significant impact soon.

Manchester United's predicted lineup


José Mourinho on the other hand has a number of key injuries at the minute, most notably in his defence. Chris Smalling is still side-lined with a broken toe and with Eric Bailly ruled out indefinitely until after Christmas with knee ligament damage, they'll have to turn once again to the unreliable pairing of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones.

With West Ham still suffering with no genuine right back, Mourinho could opt to use Ashley Young at left back for this game. Matteo Darmian did himself no favours Saturday, looking suspect all game and picking up a booking early on, only to be substituted thirty minutes before time. Antonio Valencia was one of Manchester United's standout performers this weekend and should keep his place in the starting XI.

Michael Carrick returned to action with a fantastic performance against Arsenal, taking his role just in-front of the back four, allowing Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera to create in front of him. The only major change for this weekend's action could see Anthony Martial drop to the bench; Martial like Noble hasn't yet found his feet this season under José Mourinho and could find himself replaced for Marcus Rashford who quite clearly prefers playing in a wider role. This will mark the return of Zlatan Ibrahimović to the side that missed the last game due to suspension.