Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs West Ham

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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday

Manchester United will be looking to build on Thursday's convincing 4-0 victory over Feyenoord in the Europa League by returning to winning league form at Old Trafford when West Ham United come to town on Sunday.

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Jose Mourinho's side have drawn their last three home fixtures in the Premier League, failing to collect three points at the Theatre of Dreams since champions Leicester City were dispatched 4-1 on September 24.

With Slaven Bilic's Hammers struggling, United fans will be hopeful that their side's winless home streak will come to an end this weekend.


MAN UTD INJURIES


The absences of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling in defence are set to continue, with the Ivorian's knee injury keeping him out for some time yet while Mourinho has been guarded when questioned as to the length of Smalling's absence.

Luke Shaw returned to action against Feyenoord having missed the previous two fixtures, while Marouane Fellaini was among the 18 having recovered from a calf injury and is likely to be available for selection on Sunday too.

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Other than those concerns, Mourinho is set to have a full-strength squad to choose from after his side came through Thursday's European win unscathed.


MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS


Zlatan Ibrahimovic is free to return to domestic duty having missed last week's 1-1 draw with Arsenal due to suspension following his fifth yellow card of the campaign in the previous game against Swansea. The Swede had a hand in three goals on Thursday as he returned to action in style.

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United have no players missing against West Ham due to suspension, but Wayne Rooney would be ruled out of the next match should he be yellow-carded having picked up four bookings so far this term. For the visitors, Winston Reid is missing after being sent off in the final throes of their dramatic 3-2 defeat to Tottenham last time out.


MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Mourinho will have to make a late decision on Michael Carrick's ability to play a third game in eight days after another positive performance by the vice-captain in midweek. Having played back-to-back fixtures for the first time this season against Swansea and Arsenal either side of the last international break, Carrick was pushed into action for a second start in five days in the win over Feyenoord. The Portuguese may decide not to push the 35-year-old, but the former England midfielder's form will be hard to look past.

Further up, the manager has intimated that Anthony Martial has fallen down the pecking order on the flanks and following Henrikh Mkhitaryan's successful run-out against Feyenoord he could find himself starting a second game in quick succession in favour of the Frenchman. Another key decision for Mourinho will be whether to recall Marcus Rashford, while Paul Pogba's starting position will depend on whether the boss decides Wayne Rooney did enough in the European victory to maintain his place in the side.

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If Rooney starts, Pogba will likely take up a deeper midfield role once more, but Ander Herrera could return to the side in the engine room if the skipper is overlooked once more as he has been in eight of the last 12 United fixtures. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start up front, while Marcos Rojo may be left to fight for a left-back spot with Matteo Darmain after Daley Blind returned to the team at centre-back against Feyenoord.


WEST HAM DOSSIER


West Ham will be looking to put the disappointment of a very late derby defeat behind them when they arrive at Old Trafford. They led twice against Tottenham at White Hart Lane last Saturday, with Michail Antonio again amongst the goals, only to see Harry Kane score twice in the dying moments to snatch three points away from them.

If the Hammers' excellent form a year ago was one of the stand-out stories of the Premier League season, their stuttering start has been one of the surprises of this campaign so far. And while their poor results at the London Stadium have caught a majority of the headlines, they have an even worse record away from home having lost five of six games on their travels.

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Slaven Bilic will be looking for a big display out of his players, and will perhaps do well to remind them of their decent record against United last term. They drew the equivalent fixture last December 0-0 and recorded a 3-2 win in the return game in May which brought down the curtain on Upton Park after 112 years. That said, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Louis van Gaal's side in east London having earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the quarter-finals in March.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • West Ham haven’t won at Old Trafford since their 1-0 victory in May 2007, in which Carlos Tevez found the net to help the Hammers avoid relegation. They’ve lost eight of their 10 meetings in all competitions since there.
  • Jose Mourinho has won seven of his previous nine Premier League matches against West Ham (D1 L1), losing 1-2 at Upton Park to Slaven Bilic’s Hammers.
  • In each of his five full Premier League seasons as a manager, Jose Mourinho's league placing after 12 games has been his final league placing that season. Manchester United are currently sixth in 2016-17 after 12 games.
  • Anthony Martial has scored with all three of his shots on target for Manchester United against West Ham in all competitions.
  • Wayne Rooney has been directly involved in 14 goals in his last 13 appearances against West Ham in all competitions (11 goals, three assists), but hasn’t scored or assisted in his last three.

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The game gets under way at 4:30pm UK time, with no live TV coverage provided in the UK due to Southampton's clash with Everton being chosen in preference.

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