COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Mark Noble should be left out of the West Ham starting line-up against Manchester United.
Slaven Bilic should make just one change to his side following the 3-2 defeat against Tottenham, with James Collins replacing the suspended Winston Reid in defence.
The Hammers captain Noble missed the Spurs game through suspension and is available again for selection, but should be named on the bench by Bilic.
West Ham gave a good away performance at White Hart Lane despite the defeat and should stick with the the same midfield.
Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang both played well in central midfield positions and should continue on Sunday against United at Old Trafford.
Darren Randolph should retain his place in goal ahead of Adrian as he looks more reliable than the Spaniard.
West Ham should stick with a three-man defence and Wales international Collins will be able to slot in comfortably alongside Cheikhou Kouyate and Angelo Ogbonna.
Noble may be the most passionate West Ham player, but right now the Londoners need results to steer them away from the relegation places and there are better options than the 29-year-old.
Lanzini, 23, is one of the best technical players in the squad and looked well-suited in the middle of the park against Spurs.
Obiang has arguably been the club’s most consistent performer this season and his defensive qualities will be crucial against the United attack.
English pairing Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell should continue in the wing-back positions, with Dimitri Payet, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho in attack.
Ayew and Sakho are both returning from long-term injuries and will offer the goal scoring threat that the side have lacked so far this season.
In other West Ham team news, Michail Antonio has explained what embarrassed him about the defeat to Spurs.