The Man United XI to beat West Ham and reach the EFL Cup semi-final

Manchester United and West Ham face-off for the second time in only a handful of days on Wednesday night. The EFL Cup returns for a game that could, potentially, be pivotal in the seasons of both clubs. After playing out a 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon, Slaven Bilic and Jose Mourinho are likely to rejig their respective packs for the cup game.

Both managers are under pressure ahead of this match, too. Mourinho has seen his side slip out of Premier League’s title race and suffer from a consistent problem finishing chances, while Bilic’s team are currently in a rather unexpected relegation battle. The EFL Cup can be seen as a welcome distraction, of course, but that throws up its own array of issues around team selection.

The potential reverberations from this fixture are enormous. Defeat for Manchester United could see yet another meltdown from Jose Mourinho, while West Ham are in need of a confidence boost that could be brought about by an unlikely Old Trafford success.

We think Man United have enough to get past the Hammers though, and here is the XI they should pick…