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How Manchester United could look against West Ham United in a 3-2-3-2 formation; Rashford and Lukaku, supported by Dalot, Pogba and Martial

Manchester United will be back in Premier League action at the Theatre of Dreams on Saturday evening as they host West Ham United. In the reverse fixture earlier in the season at the London Stadium, the Hammers beat United 3-1 – one of the worst performances of the season. Revenge is something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will need to serve.

United lost 1-0 to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford, a match they were not outclassed in. With Arsenal falling to a 1-0 defeat away to Everton, it has left United with a chance to get back into the top four this season. However, United will need a winning run.

Solskjaer will be missing Ashley Young (one match) and Luke Shaw (two matches) due to suspension. This will mean that he utilises the likes of Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and even Diogo Dalot in the team for the next two league matches, or he plays a formation, at least for this match, which uses three central defenders.

United and West Ham have played 140 competitive matches in the history of both clubs, dating back to the first match which was played on the 25 February 1911, a 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup. United has won 65 matches, drawn 31 times and lost 44 times. Earlier in the season, at the London Stadium, United lost 3-1, meaning they will be looking for revenge.

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Goalkeeper: David De Gea

David De Gea is the best option in goal to face West Ham on Saturday but he will need to start looking to regain his form. It is fair to say his form has been questionable this season, especially with rumours suggesting that he could leave the Old Trafford club in the summer, with one year remaining on his contract. A clean sheet would be a good start…

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Defence: Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones

Ashley Young (one match) and Luke Shaw (two matches) are suspended so Solskjaer does not have much experience in the fullback roles. Opting for a three at the back formation could overcome that problem, keeping an experienced defence, which might do the job. Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, and Phil Jones could be trusted against the Hammers.

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Midfield: Andreas Pereira, Nemanja Matic

The midfield needs some assurances. They could come in the experienced Nemanja Matic, who could help shield the back three and Andreas Pereira, whose energy could help United, especially in knitting the defence with the attacking midfield. Having Paul Pogba playing in a more attacking role could see this midfield doing what it needs to do.

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Attacking Midfield: Diogo Dalot, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial

Having five players in attacking positions could give United enough firepower against the Hammers on Saturday. Diodo Dalot, who has played a more attacking role under Solskjaer, could play a role on the right-wing, also doing his bit defensively. Anthony Martial on the left could give the attack a boost in the wide areas. Pogba in an advanced role could be key.

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Forwards: Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku

At this stage of the season, United need to be scoring goals. That will mean getting the best of all players on the pitch. United has played better with two strikers on the pitch. Seeing Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku supported by the likes of Martial, Pogba and even Dalot could be beneficial against the Hammers. Scoring goals galore, maybe.

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Substitutes: Sergio Romero; Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian; Juan Mata, Fred, James Garner; Alexis Sanchez

Solskjaer will need to have some able players on the bench against the Hammers. The defence may need to be freshened up in the latter stages of the match, also with some experience coming off the bench in the midfield or attacking positions. Solskjaer may look to add youth to the bench if the likes of Alexis Sanchez are not fit enough to play a role.

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