Confirmed Starting XI: Lingard, Lukaku and Martial lead the line against the Hammers; Greenwood and Rashford on the bench


Manchester United are back in Premier League action at the Theatre of Dreams this 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.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Dalot, Jones, Smalling, Rojo;

Fred, Pogba;

Mata, Lingard, Martial



Romero; Lindelof, Darmian; Pereira, McTominay; Rashford, Greenwood

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.

United has been beaten four times in their last six matches. It has shown that Solskjaer has overachieved with this team. There are many changes to be made in the summer if the owners are willing to back him; they need to. United needs to get back on winning ways, taking no prisoners against West Ham, who will be looking to do the double over United.

West Ham has not been that consistent, at least for the right reasons of late. Four defeats and two wins in their last six matches. That is not the consistency United will be looking for as teams in the same state have beaten them this season. Ten goals conceded, six scored, one clean sheet in the last six matches. Not great reading for the Hammers.

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