Likely XI: West Ham United vs Manchester United – Kagawa gets his chance

by Tom Newbold

David de Gea: United’s number one goalkeeper.

Rafael: Shoe-in.

Rio Ferdinand: If United’s other three centre-backs remain injured, Ferdinand will start again on Saturday.

Phil JonesInjuries mean Jones is a near-certainty to be the other of the two centre-backs.

Patrice Evra: Evra continues to be United’s only realistic left-back and will not get a rest until the Champions League first leg against Bayern Munich, where he is suspended.

Michael Carrick: United’s number one central midfielder will continue to start for United until David Moyes deems he needs a rest.

Marouane FellainiStarting on the bench in midweek means Fellaini should be picked to start this weekend.

Shinji Kagawa: After not appearing on Wednesday, despite Moyes’ assurances, Kagawa may well be given a start against West Ham where he was fantastic last year.

Juan MataWith Robin van Persie out injured, it is likely he will either be replaced by Danny Welbeck up front or Juan Mata at No. 10 behind Wayne Rooney. Mata at No. 10 seems more likely given his recent ineffectiveness on the wings.

Danny Welbeck: A superb Champions League performance should ensure a start for Welbeck on Saturday.

Wayne RooneyVan Persie’s injury means Rooney will be more certain than usual to start.


Formation: 4-2-3-1

It is as hard as ever to pick United’s attackers and their positions but an injury to Van Persie rules him out whilst Antonio Valencia‘s eye injury means he shouldn’t start.

In midfield, the selection seems fairly straight forward unless Moyes feels Carrick needs a rest, in which case Tom Cleverley or Darren Fletcher will probably come in.

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