Diogo Dalot with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Which full-backs will face West Ham?

Friday 12 April 2019 07:00

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to change his two regular full-backs for Saturday’s visit of West Ham United, with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw both suspended for the Premier League match at Old Trafford.

Young is serving a one-match ban after his dismissal for two bookable offences at Wolves in our last league outing.

Meanwhile, Shaw will miss our next three games after picking up his 10th league booking of the season at Molineux, and being shown a yellow card against Barcelona which rules him out of Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at the Nou Camp.

Luke will miss our next three games - against West Ham, Barcelona and Everton.


Despite being forced to sit out the 17:30 BST kick-off against the Hammers, Luke is confident the lads can pick up three points in his absence in our continued pursuit of a top-four finish.

“We’ve obviously got a very important game at the weekend now,” the defender told MUTV after Wednesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Barcelona.

“We’ll get that out of the way and try to get three points there. Our results in the Premier League have been another disappointing thing recently. Other teams, luckily, are dropping points around us, so it's still very much on.

“We’re still very positive that we can do it [finish in the top four]. Of course, coming back here [to Old Trafford] with the fans behind us, the team will be up for it and I’m sure we’ll get the three points.”

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Shaw gutted to miss the second leg

Luke Shaw is confident we can get the job done in Spain, but he's gutted to be suspended for the second leg...


With Shaw and Young both unavailable, Diogo Dalot could keep his place in the team against West Ham, after playing in a different role as a left wing-back against Barcelona in midweek.

Speaking to MUTV after the game, the Portuguese defender insisted the Reds were keen to switch the attention to the visit of Manuel Pellegrini’s side and won’t have the second leg against Barcelona on their minds.

“The focus now is just to recover good for Saturday and to beat West Ham,” Diogo said. “Then we will think again about the Champions League but, for now, we are focused on West Ham.”

Diogo has featured in seven of our last eight games.


It remains to be seen if Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian – who have all operated at right-back this season – will be in contention for the West Ham match after recent troubles with injury.

Marcos Rojo recently made his first appearance since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge back in December, as a substitute in our 2-1 win over Watford on 30 March.

After working hard at the Aon Training Complex and in his native Argentina to recover from his troublesome knee injury, the no.16 could also provide an option to deputise for Shaw at left-back.

Marcos Rojo says

"I almost always play at left-back for Argentina. I've also been asked to play there in a few games for United, so it's a role that I know pretty well."

“It’s a position that I know very well,” Marcos told us last weekend. “I’ve played there many times for the national team, in fact I almost always play in that position for Argentina.

“I’ve also been asked to play there in a few games for United, so it’s a role that I know pretty well so I’m ready for whenever the manager needs me, whether it’s in the middle or at full-back. I just want to play so I’m ready and willing to help out the team.”


Ole could give an update on the squad and his plans for Saturday’s game in his exclusive interview with club media and at his pre-match press conference, which you can follow in the Official Manchester United App from 10:00 BST on Friday.

The app is also where you will be able to discover the team news when it is revealed on Saturday at 16:30 BST.