Erik ten Hag is set to reward his key players as he picks his Manchester United XI to face West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
André Onana returned to the XI following Cameroon’s exit from AFCON after Altay Bayındır took the reigns for Manchester United‘s 4-2 win over Newport County last weekend and is expected to keep his place as Erik ten Hag selects his team to face West Ham.
With the club sitting seventh in the Premier League table, the three points that Kobbie Mainoo secured for United against Wolverhampton Wanderers were essential – and Ten Hag will no doubt reward his performance with another start on the weekend.
Mainoo was at fault for one of West Ham’s goals when the two sides met in December. However, this has not affected the player in the slightest, with the youngster firmly placing himself among Ten Hag’s best XI.
The Dutch manager will also be able to pick what many see as his first choice back four for the weekend, repeating the defensive set-up against Wolves of Diogo Dalot, Raphaël Varane, Lisandro Martínez, and Luke Shaw.
Ahead of them will almost certainly start Casemiro, who many hope will form a functioning partnership with Mainoo as the season enters its pinnacle months.
Bruno Fernandes, who is indispensable to Ten Hag, will be granted the attacking No. 10 role once again, with Rasmus Højlund, who has six goal involvements in his last five games, containing his streak at striker.
Marcus Rashford will likely occupy the left wing again after scoring against Wolves to help silence the noise surrounding his recent trip to Belfast, while the right wing remains the only place with any contention.
Either Alejandro Garnacho or Antony could start, but after Garnacho was favoured ahead of the Brazilian for the recent Wolves game despite Antony scoring against Newport, it must be thought that the young Argentine winger will retain his position as United face West Ham.
Predicted Manchester United XI
Onana, Dalot, Varane, Martínez, Shaw, Casemiro, Mainoo, Fernandes, Garnacho, Højlund, Rashford.
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