Manchester United pre-game latest: Including Valencia fitness battle

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Antonio Valencia is touch and go to take a place in the Manchester United squad for the match against West Ham. The United winger has been struggling with a hip problem and could face a late fitness test ahead of the match to determine whether he is fit enough to play.

Anderson is expected to start for Manchester United against West Ham in place of Paul Scholes. Scholes is suspended for the Premier League clash which means Anderson has a chance to impress in a rare start. Anderson has been in good form in recent appearances for the club.

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are set to fight for a place in the Manchester United team against West Ham this evening. Sir Alex Ferguson could make a change to the combination of Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand in central defence as this match comes just three days after the win against QPR.

David De Gea says he relishes the pressure of playing for Manchester United. The Spanish goalkeeper is expected to return to the side for the match against West Ham after a brief spell out after having his wisdom teeth removed. De Gea was hugely criticised at the start of his United career.

Wayne Rooney has warned his Manchester United teammates that they will have to be at their best to contain Andy Carroll. The West Ham United striker is set to start in the Premier League fixture at Old Trafford and Rooney has said Carroll can cause big problems for United.

National newspaper the Daily Mirror has linked Manchester United with a move for Etienne star Kurt Zouma. The 18-year-old French centre back is thought to be one of the best young defenders in the French game but the paper suggests that United face a scrap with Manchester City to sign him.

Former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy says he expects Robin Van Persie to fire the club to the Premier League title this season. Van Nistelrooy was a prolific goal scorer during his time at United and he expects Van Persie to have a similar effect throughout his United career.

Sir Alex Ferguson has taken a swipe at rivals Liverpool by stating that Manchester United would not have signed Andy Carroll for £35 million. Ferguson suggests the move was a bad deal for Liverpool following the departure of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.

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