Manchester United predicted 4-2-3-1 v West Ham: Fringe quartet handed rare starts
By Emma Sanders
Fringe quartet Bastian Schweinsteiger, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Memphis Depay and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are expected to start against West Ham in Wednesday evening’s EFL Cup quarter-final clash at Old Trafford.
Manchester United could be without four midfielders for the cup tie meaning Jose Mourinho will be forced to make a number of changes.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini are set to serve one-match bans after picking up their fifth yellow card in the draw against the Hammers on Sunday.
Michael Carrick is believed to have missed the clash at the weekend through injury so may not be fit enough to return and Morgan Schneiderlin was also left out of the squad with a suspected injury.
As a result, Schweinsteiger who was named in the squad for the first time in eight months on Saturday, could be handed his first appearance of the season in midfield.
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Fosu-Mensah is expected to feature at right-back while Mkhitaryan could be given his second start in a week after impressing against Feyenoord on Thursday evening.
In attack, Mkhitaryan is likely to flank Marcus Rashford, who could be given an opportunity in his preferred centre-forward role andDepay is also expected to make just his second start of the season.
Ander Herrera is expected to line up alongside Schweinsteiger as a holding midfielder and Wayne Rooney could be given a start after producing terrific performances in his last few games.
Jose Mourinho could bring Daley Blind back into the side at centre-back alongside Phil Jones, who played well at the weekend.
It is a shoot-out between Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo for the left-back position, after Matteo Darmian played in that position against West Ham.
Sergio Romero is expected to replace David de Gea in goal.
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