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How Manchester United could line up in their next match against West Ham United

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Published 7 months ago - 3757 views

Manchester United will be eager to bounce back from their FA Cup exit and take the initiative in the top-four contest when they welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

The Red Devils were well defeated by Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, but also saw Leicester City lose earlier that afternoon to withdraw Champions League qualification firmly in their hands with two games of the season.

Man United only needs a draw to go into their likely winner-takes-all final-day showdown at Leicester squatting in the top four, which they have not achieved since September.

Here are how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could line his side up for the contest.

Out: Eric Bailly (head), Phil Jones (knock), Axel Tuanzebe (unspecified) 

Doubtful: Luke Shaw (ankle)

Eric Bailly found the painful way that Harry Maguire's head is harder than most things when the two accidentally collided skulls at Wembley, leaving the Ivorian in a dizzy state.

Bailly was finally stretchered away in a neck brace before being taken to hospital and, while he has now been discharged, collision protocols mean that he will not feature in this game and is unlikely to do so on the final day either.

The centre-back may have been in line to drop out of the team anyway with Solskjaer wanted to revert back to the 4-2-3-1 formation which has served United so well currently.

Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba are likely to return to Man United with their full addition of an attacking quintet in prolific form between those three, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes they have either scored or assisted 21 of the team's 22 goals since the restart, including each of the last 16 round.

Fernandes alone has been promptly involved in more goals than any other Premier League player since making his debut in February, while Rashford and Martial have assisted each other more frequently this term than any duo in a single season in United's Premier League history.

Luke Shaw is still a major suspicion with an ankle injury, but Brandon Williams returned at the weekend and is willing to start again should his fellow left-back fall short.

There will also be lot of focus on David de Gea after the latest in a thriving list of mistakes, although Solskjaer has so far been unflinching in his backing of the Spaniard.

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