Should Bilic start Ashley Fletcher against his old club this weekend?

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The West Ham United forward would have plenty of motivation to excel.

West Ham United's Ashley Fletcher has a shot at goal

This weekend West Ham United travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in a huge Premier League clash for both teams

Jose Mourinho’s side is struggling to pick up wins this season despite some impressive performances, while the Hammers are just a point outside the relegation zone with 12 matches on the board.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will be desperate for three points after seeing his side surrender the lead late on against Tottenham Hotspur, so could he throw a curveball in regards to his team selection by starting former United player Ashley Fletcher?

It is fair to say that West Ham’s more experienced forwards have fallen flat this season and Fletcher would arguably be the most motivated to succeed after leaving Old Trafford in the summer.

Sunderland's Javi Manquillo in action with West Ham United's Ashley Fletcher

He knows the club and the players and will be familiar with the atmosphere on match day (if only after watching briefs), so why not throw him in from the start and see what he can do?

Fletcher was highly rated at Manchester United and they did not want to see him move on, yet having done so he could come back to haunt them if Bilic if brave enough.

He has only started once for West Ham so far in the league – against United’s fierce rivals Manchester City – so why not make it a double and hope that he scores his first senior goal for the Hammers in the process?

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic and a bubble

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