Man United line-up v West Ham: Another academy gem to shine?

first_img1 Paddy McNair could feature for Man United against West Ham They have looked irresistible going forward and Van Gaal should stick with 4-1-3-2 to utilise his attacking weapons.The main issue for the Dutchman, though, is who will play next to Rojo in the centre.Daley Blind is the most likely candidate given his versatility, and that could mean a return to the starting XI for Darren Fletcher in defensive midfield.Luke Shaw is poised to make his full first team debut following his £27m move from Southampton in the summer, moving Rojo from the left.Alternatively, Van Gaal could opt for teenage defender Paddy McNair, with the 19-year-old centre-back rumoured to be close to a call-up.Given Blackett’s promotion from the reserves this season, it would be no surprise to see the young Northern Irishman take to the field against the Hammers.Going forward has not been an issue for the ‘Gaalaticos’, and United will likely continue with a front three of Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.Juan Mata is a popular figure among United’s fans, and his omission from last week’s first-team was a surprise and despite Van Persie’s languid performances, he is still likely to partner Falcao up top.Man United fans, how do you think you’ll line against West Ham? Comment below… 1 Man United can put their humiliating defeat to Leicester City behind them when they host West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday.The 5-3 loss to the Foxes saw Louis van Gaal’s side throw away a two-goal lead, which leaves the Red Devils with just five points from five games.And to compound the home side’s woes, centre-half Jonny Evans left the King Power Stadium on crutches, while Tyler Blackett is suspended following his late dismissal for bringing down Jamie Vardy.Chris Smalling (thigh), and Phil Jones (hamstring), are both absent, leaving Marcos Rojo as the Old Trafford side’s only fit centre-half.With this in mind, will Van Gaal stick to a 4-1-3-2 formation that has yielded seven goals in the past two games, or will he go back to 3-5-2 given the lack of defensive cover?And with the Merseyside and north London derbies this weekend, Man United have the chance to close the gap on the teams above them in their quest for Champions League football.Possible Man United line-up against West Ham:last_img read more