19-year-old starts in Mourinho 4-3-3: Manchester United best possible XI v West Ham
By Emma Sanders
Jose Mourinho should make three changes to the team that struggled to beat Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve for the clash against the Hammers.
19-year-old Marcus Rashford should start ahead of Anthony Martial in attack despite the Frenchman providing one of the crucial goals in the 2-1 late victory on Saturday.
Both United attackers have pace and creativity which would cause West Ham problems but Rashford has shown more threat, consistency and creativity this season and so he gets the nod.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the obvious choice up front for United and the star striker has now netted 12 goals in 18 Premier League appearances this season.
He’s joined in attack by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is easily one of United’s most threatening players and Juan Mata takes up his familiar role as an advanced midfielder.
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West Ham could be without Mark Noble who picked up a knock in the defeat against Leicester so United’s three-man midfield could dominate the hosts.
As well as Mata, Jose Mourinho should name Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the side as holding midfielders and they would also be tasked with keeping Dimitri Payet out of trouble.
The back four should include Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo as the two centre-backs and Daley Blind and Antonio Valencia as the full-backs.
It will take a lot for West Ham to beat David De Gea in goal but they have been dealt a boost as Eric Bailly will be absent while on Africa Cup of Nations duty.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes has warned the Hammers off Jermain Defoe.