Mourinho To Make 5 Changes: Predicted Man Utd XI To Face West Ham

By on January 1, 2017

Jose Mourinho Man Utd

Manchester United will look to make it six Premier League wins on the bounce when they take on West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday evening.

Here is the team I think Jose Mourinho will pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: With United gearing up to play their second game in just three days Mourinho is sure to make some changes to freshen things up but David De Gea is one player who’s certain to keep his place.

Defence: Eric Bailly was recalled for the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday but Mourinho has confirmed the defender won’t be available for the West Ham game as he’ll link up with the Ivory Coast squad tomorrow ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

Chris Smalling was also brought back in yesterday but Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo were rested against ‘Boro and I’d expect them to resume their partnership at the back tomorrow.

Antonio Valencia has superb fitness levels so he should be okay to start at right-back but Matteo Darmian could come in at left-back with Daley Blind given a breather.

Midfield: Michael Carrick missed the win over Middlesbrough due to illness but Mourinho says the experienced midfielder has a chance to return tomorrow and he’ll be desperate to face his old club.

Ander Herrera may need to be assessed as he exerted a lot of energy against Middlesbrough but he’s a fit young lad so should be ready to go again at West Ham which means Marouane Fellaini is likely to drop out.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester-United

Attack: Wayne Rooney remains a doubt so I think we’ll see Paul Pogba play in the advanced midfield role while Antony Martial will be hoping to keep his place after scoring a crucial goal yesterday.

Juan Mata may come in for Henrikh Mkhitaryan if Mourinho wants to freshen things up in attack but Zlatan Ibrahimovic should once again lead the line up front. Despite being 35, the Swede has superb fitness levels so he should be able to play twice in three days.

Here is how we think United will line-up:

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