Manchester United will take on West Ham United at the London Stadium later tonight knowing that a win would take them ever closer to the Champions League places. The Red Devils are currently three points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur following a fifth consecutive league victory.
Jose Mourinho is likely to stick with his present formation which has earned his side plaudits over the past couple of months.
David de Gea has started all 19 league games for United so far, and he is a definite starter against West Ham United.
The defence is likely to see a couple of changes. Antonio Valencia is expected to start on the right side of the defence with Matteo Darmian preferred over Daley Blind at left-back. Blind has not travelled with the United side and will take no part against the Hammers.
The central defence could see Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo partner once again after the duo were rested for the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve.
Veteran star Michael Carrick could face his former side after overcoming illness with Ander Herrera partnering him in the heart of the midfield.
Moving ahead, Paul Pogba has been the standout figure for United in recent games, and he will take up an advanced number 10 role with Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan featuring on the left-wing and ring-wing respectively.
Anthony Martial produced an impressive performance capped with a goal against Boro last week, but he could be swapped with Rashford, who has himself had limited first team action.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the second highest scorer (50 goals) behind only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi(52 goals) in 2016, and the 35-year-old will hope to keep up his form in the second half of the campaign.