Match to be played on Saturday 21st December 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester.
That result at Stoke saw a few key first team members perform well, which will have put some extra pressure on David Moyes as he mulls over his potential team to entertain the Hammers at Old Trafford.
United could go as high as sixth in the table if they secure three points and other results go their way.
Here is the side Moyes may go with.
GK – David De Gea
The Spaniard has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League this season. He has a remarkable ability to make saves from all over the penalty area and he is a very solid final line of defence.
RB – Rafael
Rafael is a very popular United player because he’s a gutsy, aggressive and determined defender who is effective at both ends of the pitch. He’s priceless in providing extra width on the right.
CB – Phil Jones
Jones will more than likely settle on the right side of central defence. He’s well suited to the role, he reads the game well and he was superb against Aston Villa in the face of some quick and physical attacking play.
CB – Jonny Evans
Evans also deserves the chance to continue in the heart of the defence. He’s quick, anticipates the game well and keeps the back four well organised when United are under a lot of pressure.
LB – Patrice Evra
Evra continues to put a lot of pressure on United to offer him a new contract to stay at Old Trafford. His goal against Stoke clearly meant a lot to him and he’ll be full of confidence at the moment.
RM – Antonio Valencia
Valencia is one of the quickest wide players around and someone who can offer Rafael protection, as well as filling in for the Brazilian when he finds himself out of position during the match.
CM – Tom Cleverley
Cleverley seems to have gotten over some early season inconsistency. He plays very sensible passes in the middle of the pitch, moving the ball onto the more creative players quickly.
CM – Ryan Giggs
Giggs is a remarkable professional and someone who should be ready to feature in this game. He had a much needed rest during the week which means he should be fine to start this game.
LM – Ashley Young
Young had one of his better games in United colours this season against Stoke and Moyes could reward him with a starting place against West Ham. It will be harsh on Adnan Januzaj but Young’s greater experience will be important.
ST – Wayne Rooney
Rooney missed the game against Stoke with a slight groin problem and it was more than likely a precaution leaving him out. Expect to see him doing what he does best, causing chaos in that gap between midfield and attack.
ST – Danny Welbeck
Welbeck had a very good game against Aston Villa which means he deserves the chance to start in this match. He’ll be confident and he should be hungry to keep the other strikers out of the side.