PICTURE: Strongest Manchester United Lineup vs West Ham– TEENAGE SENSATION set for...

PICTURE: Strongest Manchester United Lineup vs West Ham– TEENAGE SENSATION set for debut

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So much for a dawn of a new era at Manchester United!

Many had been quick to propel the Red Devils into title contention following their 4-0 victory over a poor Queens Park Rangers side, but their 5-3 defeat at the hands of Leicester City served as a cruel reminder to United fans that there are still a lot of problems plaguing the Premier League giants at the moment.

United slumped to a shocking defeat against Leicester last week

Brilliant in attack but utterly woeful in defence, United look like a Ferrari going forward but a Tin Lizzie at the back and there seems to be no balance whatsoever in the squad that Louis van Gaal has assembled.

Now to make matters worse, the Dutchman will be without four of his central defenders for the visit of West Ham United this weekend.

While United still look stronger than West Ham on paper due to their tremendous quality in the final third, one can expect Sam Allardyce’s physical Hammers’ side to cause quite a few problems to the makeshift Red Devils backline.


De Gea needs to be more commanding in goal

Although David De Gea could not be held culpable for any of the goals that he conceded against Leicester City last week, the Spaniard was not necessarily the most commanding and did not do a good enough job in organizing his defence.

Now with De Gea most likely to play behind an even weaker backline, the onus will be on the 23-year old to take charge of his defenders by showing more leadership – especially against a West Ham United side which is so dangerous on set pieces.


It would not be an exaggeration to say that United’s defence ahead of the clash against West Ham has been completely decimated. No less than four central defenders in Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Tyler Blackett will be unavailable on Saturday due to various injuries and suspension.

Luke Shaw set for debut this weekend

As a result, there is bound to be a wholesale changes made to his defence by Louis van Gaal. Marcos Rojo will most probably tuck into centre back while £30million man Luke Shaw is finally set to be handed his United debut. Despite his shocker against Leicester, Rafael is expected to retain his place on the right side of defence.

However, it will be interesting to see who van Gaal will elect to go with alongside Rojo in central defence with all four of his centre backs out of contention. It has been suggested in the media that Michael Carrick, who returned from injury recently, could be used as a centre back while there is also a possibility that youngsters Tom Thorpe or Paddy McNair might be handed their debuts.


There should not be too many changes in the midfield area though as the likes of Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini and Ashley Young are still ruled out with injuries. Daley Blind is set to continue in the defensive midfield position and will be hoping to have a better game than he had against Leicester.

Herrera has to provide more protection to his defenders

Ander Herrera will also keep his spot on the right side of midfield and despite his fantastic goal; the Spaniard will need to do more from a defensive aspect in order to provide protection to his backline.

On a positive note, Angel Di Maria was sensational against Leicester and the Argentine superstar will be a certain starter while Wayne Rooney is expected to continue in the hole behind the two strikers at the expense of Juan Mata.


Falcao will be hoping to get off the mark this weekend

Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao displayed flashes of how effectively their partnership can work together during the clash against Leicester City and given the immense talent the two strikers possess, United fans can expect a lot of goals this season.

That being said, van Persie and Falcao cannot rest on their reputation and will have to prove their quality against a tough looking West Ham backline this weekend.




  1. pls lvg if u love ur united job.you beta stop useing rvp for now.he is not good enough.let radamel n rooney do the job for us.then dea gea, rafeal, shaw, carrick, marcos rojo, herrera, blind, mata, our angel, weyne mighty, n radamel,thank u for listening united 4life

  2. Van gal should now 4get been sentimental and face the real game ,Vanpasie is finished,i dont believe he has much to render again while dont we sit him down and fixture those that can do better than him.pls van gal proof the position they put you. Let De gea be competing,the number keeper is not sure 4 him bcos the quality is not there,so use the 2nd keeper as well.

  3. Van gal should now 4get been sentimental and face the real game ,Vanpasie is finished,i dont believe he has much to render again while dont we sit him down and fixture those that can do better than him.pls van gal proof the position they put you.

  4. Robin Van Persie is not good enough now. i think this line up will be good DE GEA RAFAEL SHAW BLIND ROJO CARRICK DE MARIA HRRERA MATA ROONEY FALCAO

  5. Pls L.v.g stop using van persic 4now if u like ur self bcos his not inform now, age also not his side again and will fans need wininng in all our matchs, will love u van gaal. Why all dis is dat u hv a good reputaction and pls don’t distroy it 1 aftnoon thank u

  6. I do salute LvG and the entire Manchester Utd fraternity for their oneness despite all challenges. I do hope that tomorrows match sees a turn-back of this great club from the otherworldly performances to its enviable and unending success.

  7. Man utd should start ronney and falco in the front while Rachel rojo blind shaw should be at d back middle Valencia carrick Herrera and de maria(angel)
    Thank u all,up man u

  8. LVG pls play man united game of 4-4-2 now that we have wingas like de maria or even 4-3-3 than this ur philoso of 3-5-2 please we are going down

  9. Man united problems are not immidiate, there is a remote cause to it and i suggest that united management should apologise for all the cheating they engaged in under Fergie

  10. 1.Keeper=DE GEA 2. Right back=RAFEAL 3. Left back=ROJO 4.centeral middfield=ROONEY 5.central defence=CARRICK 6.defence=BLIND 7.left attackin wing=Great Di Maria 8. attackin= HARRERA 9.striker=FALCOA 10.attakin=MATA 11.right attackin wing=JUNIUZACK. Van gal use diz players with dis dere position agains West Hamm city at Old Traford by God grace u wil win d 2morrow march, i wish all Man U fans gudluck Utd 4live!

  11. Well i don’t blame Van Gaal, he’s doing criticism, Van persie for now is nothing but useless, so is better to drop that bitch of our squad and put on Mata.

    • Yes sell David de gea his not Man united quality he does not come out when has to he lacks quality…….
      We need keepers with top quality by the likes of
      Sergio Romero Argentinian keeper
      Ochoa Mexican Keeper
      Tim Krul German keeper
      Czech chelsea 2nd choice now keeper any of these keepers are better than de gea…..

      • Well now that we know that de gea lacks confidence as a keeper we also need a strong defence …….
        Sergio Ramos is a top notch defender …..
        My favourite of all was & still is Charles Puyol shame his retired thou ……