Manchester United needed to come from behind, but they did win their sixth game in a row on New Year’s Eve when they defeated Middlesbrough 2-1. They will now look to build on their winning streak with only one day of rest when they take on West Ham on Monday.
Here is a look at the possible lineup.
GK- David de Gea
De Gea has still started every EPL game for Manchester United this season, and there is no reason for Mourinho to bench him in this game against West Ham.
LB- Daley Blind
Blind has been very solid for Manchester United at left back so far this season, and Luke Shaw’s status is still in doubt due to injury. He would seem to be Manchester United’s best option at left back.
CB- Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones
Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling started here for Manchester United against Middlesbrough, but Bailly will be away on international duty, and Smalling played quite poorly. Because of this, Mourinho will likely go back to the Rojo-Jones, since they have been mostly successful together over the past few weeks.
RB- Matteo Darmian
Valencia is one of Manchester United’s best players, and should almost always be expected to be in the starting lineup when healthy. However, with only one day of rest between matches I could see Mourinho giving Valencia some rest and allowing Darmian to fill in for one game.
CM- Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, and Paul Pogba
Michael Carrick missed Manchester United’s game on New Year’s Eve due to illness, but hopefully he will be healthy enough to return to the lineup on Monday. Pogba and Herrera are crucial to Manchester United’s success, so I expect both of them to be in the lineup even with the quick turnaround between matches.
AML- Anthony Martial
Martial scored a goal for Manchester United in his return to the lineup, and I think he played well enough to keep his starting spot. Even with only one day off between games, fatigue should not be as much of a problem for Martial since he hasn’t played started a match since early December.
AMR- Henrikh Mkhitaryan
Mkhitaryan has been fantastic for Manchester United since late November, and Jose Mourinho needs to continue to start him. The short rest could cause Mkhitaryan to start the game on the bench, but I think it is more likely that he will start again on Monday.
ST- Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan did not score on Monday, but he did have an assist. He has now scored or assisted a goal in 10 of his last 11 games, and I think he needs to start for this Manchester United team even with the short rest.