West Ham United will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the 2021/22 campaign as they welcome David Moyes’ former club Manchester United to the London Stadium later this afternoon.
The Hammers began their Europa League quest with a win over Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night and the 58-year-old manager made plenty of changes to his starting XI.
But now his side returns to domestic action, he has a lot to think about in terms of team selection.
Here’s how the Irons could line up in east London today…
Moyes is likely to have a fully-fit squad to choose from, although we know that he will be without the services of leading talisman Michail Antonio after he was sent off late against Southampton last weekend.
That gives him a big call to make in attack and it’s one that could see Jarrod Bowen lead the line as West Ham lack much depth behind the 31-year-old forward.
As a result of that change, we could see a different system to usual, with Said Benrahma expected to come back into the XI, taking the place of Nikola Vlasic, whilst Pablo Fornals may partner him in attacking midfield.
Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek are two of the first names on the teamsheet these days but they could be joined by club captain Mark Noble, who takes the place of Manuel Lanzini from Thursday night.
There is also likely to be two more changes to the backline but after an impressive debut, it would be a surprise to see Kurt Zouma lose his place. Instead, Angelo Ogbonna is likely to replace Issa Diop, with Vladimir Coufal coming in for Ryan Fredericks.
Aaron Cresswell and Lukasz Fabianski keep their places.
Predicted West Ham XI vs Man Utd (4-3-3): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Zouma, Coufal; Rice, Noble, Soucek; Benrahma, Fornals, Bowen.