Match to be played on Saturday 22nd March 2014 at 17:30. Venue: Boleyn Ground, London.
After the disappointment of the defeat to Liverpool last weekend, Manchester United were handed a boost in the Champions League as they progressed to the last eight after beating Olympiakos over two legs.
The win last night has created some positive feeling and energy around the club, which David Moyes will be hoping his side can carry forward into this weekend’s game against West Ham United.
Here’s the side Moyes could go with for the important Premier League game.
GK – David De Gea
De Gea seems to be playing at the top of his game right now and will be confident after his world class double save last night.
RB – Rafael
Rafael should continue on the right hand side of the defence. His competitive nature will be useful in a hostile Upton Park atmosphere.
CB – Phil Jones
Jones had a solid game against Olympiakos and should continue in the heart of the defence. He needs to be ready to deal with the rough, physical approach West Ham will bring to the game.
CB – Rio Ferdinand
With Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling both carrying knocks and Nemanja Vidic suspended, Ferdinand could be asked to continue in the back four.
LB – Patrice Evra
Evra’s experience will be important at both ends of the pitch. He needs to stay tight, close to the central defenders and get forward to provide extra width when he can.
|Patrice Evra||Man Utd||DF||26||28||2,460|
|Chris Smalling||Man Utd||DF||8||21||1,578|
|Phil Jones||Man Utd||DF||2||18||1,522|
|Alexander Büttner||Man Utd||DF||1||3||111|
RM – Antonio Valencia
Providing there are no serious complications from Valencia’s swollen eye problem, he should slot in over on the right hand side injecting real pace into the midfield.
CM – Michael Carrick
Carrick should resume his normal place in the midfield, sitting in front of the back four and protecting the defence through clever interceptions.
|Michael Carrick||Man Utd||MF||68||21||1,783|
|Luis Antonio Valencia||Man Utd||MF||36||23||1,616|
|Tom Cleverley||Man Utd||MF||34||20||1,463|
|Marouane Fellaini||Man Utd||MF||25||11||700|
|Adnan Januzaj||Man Utd||MF||14||22||1,328|
CM – Marouane Fellaini
Ryan Giggs had a decent game last night but it’s a big ask for the 40-year-old to play again so soon. Expect Fellaini to come back in.
AM – Juan Mata
Mata should revert to his more suited number ten role. He couldn’t play in the Champions League as he was ineligible so he should be a bit fresher for the rest.
LM – Danny Welbeck
It’d be harsh on Welbeck to drop him following the way he played last night. He looked like making things happen when he got the ball on the left and can give the West Ham defence some real problems.
ST – Wayne Rooney
Rooney should slot into the centre of attack with Moyes unlikely to take any risks with Robin Van Persie after the Dutchman was carried off last night.