MANCHESTER UNITED host West Ham on Wednesday as they look to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea.
The Red Devils crashed out in the last four of the cup after losing 3-1 thanks to a horror display from goalkeeper David De Gea at Wembley.
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But attention now turns to the race for the top four in the Premier League with United in fifth ahead of the Hammers’ visit to Old Trafford.
Spanish shot-stopper De Gea’s place is at threat after two huge gaffes left fans declaring that he was “finished”.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly ready to turn to Argentine No2 Sergio Romero for the run-in.
But the Norwegian could still stand by under-fire keeper De Gea as United look to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
The weekend did bring some good news for those on the red side of Manchester after ex-boss Jose Mourinho did them a favour by beating top four rivals Leicester with his Tottenham side.
The Foxes are only ahead of United on goals scored but have played a game more.
A win for Solskjaer‘s men over former Old Trafford boss David Moyes‘ team would propel them into third, at least temporarily.
Solskjaer experimented with a back three at Wembley but was outmanoeuvred by Frank Lampard and is likely to restore United’s familiar 4-2-3-1 shape.
Paul Pogba came off the bench against the Blues but could be returned to the starting line-up in the middle of the park.
Youngster Brandon Williams was below par on Sunday and could be demoted in favour of Timothy Fosu-Mensah who started against Crystal Palace at left-back.
The Red Devils could be without as many as FOUR defenders on Wednesday.
Eric Bailly was stretchered off against Chelsea and despite being given the all-clear at hospital will miss the rest of the season after a nasty cut to the back of his head and a concussion.
Luke Shaw is not ready to return with Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe still out.
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Talisman Bruno Fernandes has shaken off a couple of knocks sustained against Chelsea after some heavy challenges and will take his place in the side.
Anthony Martial is also thought to be ready to begin the game despite struggling with a back complaint.
Manager Solskjaer also confirmed skipper Harry Maguire is fit to play despite arriving at Carrington with a slight cut on his eyebrow after the head clash with Bailly.
By: Josh Graham
Title: How Man Utd could line up vs West Ham with De Gea at risk of being dropped for Romero after horror Chelsea display
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/12183829/man-utd-line-up-vs-west-ham-de-gea-dropped-romero/
Published Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 13:51:23 +0000