After our embarrassment against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Manchester United head to Upton Park with their tail between their legs up against a side who earned an excellent point in a 3-3 draw with Arsenal after being 2-0 down.
It was always going to be a tough night at Upton Park but we’ve made it harder with that shambles of a display at the weekend. We’ve got to make a few changes to that team because of how poor it was in the final 30 minutes against Spurs and here are three players who I think should be part of those changes.
Matteo Darmian has had his two worst performances in a Man United shirt against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur this season, North London seems to be his kryptonite. With Timothy Fosu-Mensah likely missing this game due to the injury he picked up on Sunday, Varela is surely a certain to start this game. That being said, van Gaal started Marcos Rojo at Spurs after his shambles against Everton in the previous match, so obvious changes based on form are not always top of van Gaal’s priority list.
Morgan Schneiderlin is a sure starter for United but his partner isn’t, yet it should be. Michael Carrick hasn’t got the legs to play in a two man midfield any more. We should use him in the last 30 minutes or so of games when we want to see it out, just like we should use Bastian Schweinsteiger, and we need to be leaning towards Herrera alongside Schneiderlin.
Herrera hasn’t been in the best of form this year by any stretch but when it comes to having genuine energy in our midfield, he’s the best we’ve got and we need that sort of tempo at Upton Park.
Jesse Lingard has gone from putting in his best performance for United (away at Manchester City) to arguably his worst this weekend against Spurs. He was almost invisible and contributed nothing to our attack yet he has completed 90 minutes on so many occasions this season. There is no magic formula to United fixing their problems but at least trying different options and players like Memphis gives us an opportunity to try and reinvigorate ourselves.