Manchester United are set to host West Ham in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night – just days after sealing a dramatic 2-1 win over the Hammers in the Premier League.
Said Benrahama put West Ham in control, but United responded with goals by Jesse Lingard and Cristiano Ronaldo.
United’s unbeaten start of the new league campaign was preserved by David De Gea’s last-minute penalty save. It defeated Mark Noble.
This result ensures United is joint-top of the table with Chelsea and Liverpool on 13 points. But now, focus will shift to cup action.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at some changes as United seeks to progress in a competition that has been dominated recently by Manchester City rivals.
England goalkeeper Dean Henderson is fit and back in contention after an extended spell on the sidelines. Despite De Gea’s heroics at Olympic Stadium, it is likely that he will come in to take down De Gea.
Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s understudy, should be able to see the action in the right back slot.
It could prove more difficult to fill the opposite full-back slot. Alex Telles is most likely to be nominated if he is deemed fit enough, with Luke Shaw being rested.
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Eric Bailly looks nailed on to come into the heart of the United defence, where he could be partnered by Victor Lindelof, who has been kept out of the side following Raphael Varane’s arrival.
Donny van den Beek will have another opportunity to kick-start his Old Trafford career in Wednesday’s cup match.
After Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal, the Dutchman saw a rare opportunity to start in the Champions League loss to Young Boys.
He can shine alongside Fred and Juan Mata in a three-pronged midfield.
Jadon Sancho, another star who could get his season started against the Hammers, is also available.
His career at Old Trafford has been slow for the big-money signing from Borussia Dortmund.
However, he had a similar slow start in Bundesliga last year before coming alive with 17 goals.
Lingard, on the other side of the front three looks set to shine against the team he spent last year on loan after his spectacular late strike on Sunday.
Anthony Martial, the forgotten man at Old Trafford, is in desperate need of a last chance to save his career.
Should Solskjaer give the opportunity to Frenchman Anthony Martial, it will be a difficult task for him to put in a strong performance.
Expected Manchester United XI v West Ham: Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles; Donny van de Beek, Fred, Juan Mata; Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard