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Bruno Fernandes, Hojlund and Antony to start as Erik Ten Hag makes 3 major changes – Man United Starting XI vs West Ham, confirmed team news and injury latest

Amidst a long number of absentees, Erik ten Hag has some selection conundrums before his joyous journey to London.

A long list of injuries is being managed by Manchester United in advance of their Premier League trip to West Ham this coming weekend.

In an attempt to build on their goalless draw with title rivals Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, Erik ten Hag’s team travels to the London Stadium for their final pre-Christmas match on Saturday afternoon.

Bruno Fernandes will be back in action for the visitors in Stratford after their skipper was given a one-match suspension for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season during Bournemouth’s crushing 3-0 home loss.

But Diogo Dalot will miss out against West Ham after his controversial late sending off on Merseyside, with dissent seeing him pick up a pair of yellow cards in a matter of seconds from referee Michael Oliver.

None of Harry Maguire, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Mason Mount, Tyrell Malacia or Amad Diallo are expected to be back for United, though Victor Lindelof could be in contention to return along with Anthony Martial.

Jadon Sancho, meanwhile, remains unavailable for selection and is expected to depart Old Trafford during the January transfer window amid his ongoing stand-off with the under-fire Ten Hag.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka should replace the suspended Dalot in a like-for-like change at right-back, while a fit Lindelof could be preferred to Jonny Evans without Maguire after Raphael Varane showed his class at Anfield.

The return of Fernandes should result in Scott McTominay being pushed back from No10 into a more familiar holding midfield role, leaving Ten Hag to pick between impressive youngster Kobbie Mainoo or the experience of summer signing Sofyan Amrabat alongside the Scot.

Another conundrum for Ten Hag is in the final third, where he must decide whether or not to restore an out-of-sorts Marcus Rashford to the starting XI at the expense of either Antony or Alejandro Garnacho, both of whom flash their quality but often lack end product.

Predicted Manchester United XI (4-2-3-1): Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw; McTominay, Mainoo; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Hojlund

Doubts: Lindelof, Martial

Injured: Maguire, Casemiro, Martinez, Mount, Malacia, Eriksen, Diallo

Suspended: Dalot

Unavailable: Sancho

Time and date: 12.30pm GMT on Saturday, December 23, 2023

Venue: London Stadium

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