Manchester United shirts in the home dressing room at Old Trafford

Solskjaer makes five changes to face West Ham

Saturday 13 April 2019 16:30

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made five changes to the Manchester United side beaten in the Champions League first leg against Barcelona, as he looks to intensify the Premier League top-four battle by overcoming West Ham.

The Reds won the last league match at Old Trafford against Watford with Anthony Martial scoring and the Frenchman is back in the starting XI to face the Hammers, after being a sub in the last two matches against Wolves and Barca.

The manager has had to shuffle his back four with both Luke Shaw and Ashley Young suspended for the game.

Juan Mata is back in Ole's XI as the Reds host West Ham at Old Trafford.

Shaw’s accumulation of yellow cards has brought him a ban and he is replaced at left back by Marcos Rojo with the Argentinian starting only his third Premier League match of the campaign.

Young was sent off in the away league defeat at Wolves and his ban means Diogo Dalot is in the side for his third successive game. Young’s captain’s armband has gone to goalkeeper David De Gea.

"We are down a few full-backs," admitted Solskjaer, in his pre-match interview with BT Sport, "but Marcos has trained well for a couple of months and he will be ready."

Chris Smalling is the only defender to stay in the team after the midweek battle with Lionel Messi and co., with Phil Jones replacing Victor Lindelof as his centre-back partner.

Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are both back in the line-up, with Solskjaer stating: "Anthony, Jesse and Juan are all fresh legs, and they’re creative players that we want to get between the lines."

However, United's Man of the Match against Barca, Scott McTominay, is on the bench for a breather after his midweek exertions. Academy player Mason Greenwood is among the players joining him there.

"Scott's a young boy and that mental and physical output that he gave us on Wednesday night...," acknowledged Ole. "He'll probably be there on Tuesday."
Smalling and Dalot prepare to shackle West Ham's attack.
Meanwhile, former United striker Chicharito starts for the Hammers. On the prospect of the opposiition effectively having nothing particular to play for, Ole said: "There’s no hiding place on the pitch at Old Trafford and everyone’s playing for pride.

"When you play against Manchester United it’s a chance for everyone, and when you play for Man United it’s a chance. So, we take it seriously and I’m sure Manuel {Pellegrini] has put his team out to win."

 De Gea, Dalot, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Mata, Fred, Pogba, Lingard, Lukaku, Martial.

Substitutes: Romero, Lindelof, Darmian, Andreas, McTominay, Rashford, Greenwood.

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Snodgrass, Lanzini, F. Anderson, Chicharito.

Substitutes: Adrian, Diop, Fredericks, Obiang, Diangana, Holland, Antonio.


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