Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United side named for Hammers visit

Sunday 14 March 2021 18:15

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his side for the home game against West Ham United, a key fixture in the battle for a top-four place.

The Reds come into the game on the back of last weekend's superb away win at Manchester City in the Premier League, followed by a 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday.

Leicester City's 5-0 win over Sheffield United this afternoon has taken them back into second spot in the table, two points ahead of Ole's men.

The manager has been boosted by the return of Marcus Rashford, who missed Thursday night's draw with Milan, after being forced to hobble off during the Manchester derby with an ankle injury.

The England international lines up in attack, probably on the left-hand side, with Mason Greenwood down the middle, although there could be rotation among the front players. 

"I am very happy with that," Ole said of Rashford's comeback. "Of course Anthony [Martial] didn’t make it. Edinson [Cavani] didn’t make it, so to have Marcus available is a big boost. He has been important to us all season and we missed him on Thursday as well."

Due to the current injury situation, two keepers are named on the bench - Lee Grant and Nathan Bishop - with Dean Henderson continuing between the sticks.

West Ham are without ineligible Reds midfielder Jesse Lingard and could play with a three-man central defence.

United: Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw; Fred, McTominay; James, Fernandes, Rashford; Greenwood.

Subs: Grant, Bishop, Bailly, Telles, Tuanzebe, Williams, Matic, Amad, Shoretire.

West Ham: Fabianski; Dawson, Diop, Cresswell; Soufal, Soucek, Rice, Noble (c), Johnson; Bowen, Antonio.

Subs: Martin, Alves, Balbuena, Trott, Coventry, Lanzini, Benrahma, Odubeko.