Schweinsteiger starts in Mourinho 4-2-3-1: Man United best possible XI to face West Ham
By Emma Sanders
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Anthony Martial and Bastian Schweinsteiger should all be handed starts against West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
The trio have faced a battle to get into the side under Jose Mourinho but, after making a return following an eight-month absence from the squad on Sunday, Schweinsteiger could be set to make his first appearance of the season in the cup tie.
The German midfielder can offer experience and stability as a number of United stars are forced to miss out through injury and suspension.
Mkhitaryan, who was hugely impressive against Feyenoord, should also be given another rare start and Martial deserves an opportunity to fight for his place back.
Alongside Mkhitaryan and Martial, Marcus Rashford should start as a centre-forward and Wayne Rooney should resume his position as a number 10 just behind him after being a 65th minute substitute against West Ham on Sunday.
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Daley Blind is another senior star Mourinho could turn to for experience and he should be given a start in midfield alongside Schweinsteiger to allow Phil Jones and Marcus Rojo to resume their positions at centre-back.
Luke Shaw was left out of the Premier League fixture but should come in for Matteo Darmian at left-back following another poor performance from the Italian.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah should be given a start at right-back after the youngster did well in the two European clashes against Feyenoord and Zorya.
Sergio Romero completes the team in goal as a replacement for David De Gea, who deserves a breather.
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