Days removed from one of the most dramatic games of the season so far, which included a late winning goal from Jesse Lingard, a last kick of the game missed penalty from Mark Noble, the two teams are playing each other once again, this time in the third round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.
Despite playing last Sunday, this game will most likely be very different, with Solskjaer likely to rotate the side to give squad players their chance to get game time and match fitness and Moyes will probably have to rotate as West Ham, like Man Utd, will have a busy schedule over the next months with European fixtures added to their schedule.
Solskjaer: “We lost nobody on Sunday so it’s the same squad or same pool of players to choose from. We know it’s early on in the season and some players need minutes to get their proper fitness up so I will make a few changes.”
The game last Sunday was full of controversy with both teams having multiple penalty calls being rebuffed by referee Martin Aktinson, however, beyond the dramas of the game, Man Utd had a good performance against what was an unbeaten West Ham coming off a great win in the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb.
Man Utd controlled the possession of the ball through the game, ending with 60% of the ball which produced 17 shots throughout the game, hitting 10 on target, creating 3 big chances against a very good West Ham team which finished 6th placed last season.
West Ham will have a boost coming into this game with the return of their all time Premier League top scorer, Michail Antonio after being suspended for the game on Sunday after picking up two yellow cards in their previous Premier League game against Southampton after scoring 4 goals and providing 3 assists in their first 3 Premier League games which won him the EPL August Player of the Month.
This game will see the squad players getting a chance to prove that they are worthy of a spot in the Premier League starting XI, this includes Donny Van de Beek who was again an unused sub against West Ham after just lasting 45 minutes in his only start this season against Young Boys, this game against a good West Ham team could see his opportunity to prove he is worthy of more game time.
This game could see the return of Alex Telles after being injured for the past two months after picking up an ankle injury in the last stages of pre-season, Alex arrived from Porto with the expectation to be the starting left back over Luke Shaw, however with Luke Shaw’s form, he will have to do a really good job to take Luke Shaw’s spot, however this game could see him start to come back to full fitness.
Solskjaer: “Alex [Telles] has worked well and will be in the squad as well.”
The Carabao cup is also a chance for youngsters to have their chance to prove they have what it takes to make it into the first team, this could be Elanga’s chance to show again that he has the qualities to be in the first team, this is coming of the back of scoring his first goal in the first team against Wolves in the last game of last season and starring in pre-season, scoring two goals before getting injured which took him out of the team for the first few games of the season.