4-3-3: Strongest Manchester United lineup to face West Ham United

Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign against West Ham United at home on Sunday. Jose Mourinho utilised a 3-5-2 formation during the 2-1 Super Cup loss to Real Madrid, but he could revert to a familiar 4-3-3 setup for the curtain raiser.

Formation: 4-3-3


David de Gea was in top form for United during their European outing in Macedonia. He is among the first names on the teamsheet. Both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones missed the Real Madrid game due to suspension but the former could start alongside Victor Lindelof.

At right-back will be the ever-impressive Antonio Valencia. The Ecuador international has been the undisputed choice on the right of the defence but Mourinho appears to be eyeing a suitable competitor. At left-back, it is a pick between Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, and the latter could get the nod after being benched against Real Madrid.

Onto the midfield, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are certainties at the centre of the park, and they will be accompanied by summer signing Nemanja Matic, who was one of United’s best performers in the European Super Cup.

Marcus Rashford looked lively following his second-half appearance in Skopje, and he nearly equalised things on the night. He will take up his position on the left side of the attack.

Juan Mata was another surprise bench warmer against Real Madrid. The Spaniard scored in the final pre-season friendly game against Sampdoria, and he could be deployed on the right wing.

Romelu Lukaku notched his maiden goal in his first competitive appearance in midweek, and he will hope to get on the scoresheet in his home debut against West Ham United on Sunday.

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