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Ole explains changes for Hammers clash

Sunday 19 September 2021 13:22

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained the changes to his line-up for the game against West Ham United.

The manager made three alterations to the XI on duty at Young Boys with Raphael Varane, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood replacing Victor Lindelof, Donny van de Beek and Jadon Sancho.

Scott's return is a welcome boost after he made a speedy recovery from a minor groin operation during the international break.

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Ole explains McTominay return

The boss has been speaking to MUTV, with kick-off at West Ham approaching...

"Scott's always been a physical monster and specimen, he's fit," Ole told MUTV. "Of course, we want to get him going as quick as we can. He's missed a bit of football but the operation was needed and why not put him back in?"

In a separate interview with Sky Sports, he added: “Scott and Fred, of course, they’re back in, they’re a partnership that we see here, we want to have their energy here today." 


Sancho may be starting on the bench but he could well have a part to play at some stage against the Hammers, who were in Croatia playing Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

"Jadon started the Tuesday game [in Switzerland] and we found the decision better to leave him here now and the chance to come on and make a difference if we need him to,” explained Solskjaer.

West Ham, meanwhile, have decided to field Jarrod Bowen in attack with top scorer Michail Antonio serving a one-match suspension.

"Of course he gives a threat, a different threat to the players they’ve got up front," said Ole. "But I’ve always said about the forwards he’s [David Moyes] got, they’re creative, they’re sharp, their one-against-ones are so hard to defend against. He’s got a physical threat, Antonio, that we’ll probably feel on Wednesday [in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford]. So we’re prepared for them without him and what system they come with who knows?

“But they’ll be creative, imaginative players - that’s for sure - and we’ll have to be fully focused because in the blink of a second, they can score a goal.”