Date: 22nd September 2021 at 3:46pm
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Manchester United travel to the London Stadium for the second time in four days to face West Ham in the League Cup. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side overcame the East Londoners 2-1 in a highly dramatic contest which saw Mark Noble miss a 95th minute penalty after being substituted on specially to take the spot-kick.

It was further pain on David Moyes’ side who saw his star player from last season Jesse Lingard fire home a late 88th minute winner for the Red Devils.

With both sides meeting in this evening’s League Cup encounter, Moyes’ side have the perfect opportunity for revenge against Solskjaer’s side.

However, Solskjaer is expected to ring the changes against this evening, and could completely reshuffle the side to rest his bigger names.

Here is SHOOT’s prediction of who will start for the Reds against West Ham.

Goalkeeper: Tom Heaton

Heaton could be set for his first ever competitive appearance for United

The former England goalkeeper could be set for his first start since returning to United.

With normal second keeper Dean Henderson injured, the former Burnley goalkeeper could be in the sticks as Solskjaer may want to rest David De Gea for this contest.

At 35-years-old, Heaton is a reliable, experienced, and quality goalkeeper to rely upon, and he could be crucial for United in the Cup this season.

Defence: Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Alex Telles

Diogo Dalot could be set for a rare start for the Reds

Solskjaer could completely refresh the defence who endured a physical battle against West Ham last week.

Nevertheless, their second defensive options still boast plenty of experience and quality.

Alex Telles’ could be set for his first appearance of the season, having been confined to the sidelines by an ankle injury picked up in pre-season.

Bailly and Lindelof have partnered each other many times since the days of Jose Mourinho, and Solskjaer could turn to the pair again to help the side.

Midfield: Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek

Starts for van de Beek have been few and far between, but he could be deployed against the Hammers

Matic’s experience of protecting the defence from midfield will likely see him start in front of the back four, while van de Beek could be set for another start to the season.

The Dutchman held showdown talks with United earlier in the season about his lack of playing time; therefore, he will likely be set for a start against the Hammers.

19 of his 38 appearances for United have come in the cup competitions, with Solskjaer preferring United’s other talented attacking options.

He will likely get his chance to show the Norwegian what he can do.

Attacking midfield: Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Jadon Sancho

Solskjaer confirmed in his press conference, Lingard will start for United

Jadon Sancho was dropped for United’s victory at the London Stadium; therefore, he can be expected to operate from the left-flank for the Reds in the League Cup.

He has endured a slow start to life at Old Trafford since his £73m move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, so Solskjaer could use this match as an opportunity for him to open up his scoring and assist account.

Juan Mata is no longer a started for United, however, he is also an experienced head who can benefit United in the cup competitions.

Solskjaer has already confirmed in his press conference last week’s match winner Jesse Lingard will start for United against his former club.

Striker: Anthony Martial

Martial could deputise for Ronaldo and Cavani

Martial has endured a frightening drop from first team regular to second choice striker.

The Frenchman was once believed to be the future of United, but he is now fortunate to be considered for the Cup games.

Nevertheless, his quality his undoubted, and with Edison Cavani still struggling with injury, Martial will almost certainly start for United in one place or another.

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