Manchester United are in Carabao Cup action against West Ham on Wednesday, a matter of days after battling to a dramatic 2-1 victory against the same side at the London Stadium. This time out, Old Trafford will host the encounter which should see a number of fringe players get a run-out under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. With starting spots extremely hard to come by under the Norwegian, Express Sport takes a look at six potential starters who will be under pressure to perform against the Hammers.
Despite receiving an extended run between the sticks towards the back end of last season, Henderson has found himself stuck behind David de Gea so far this term.
The Spaniard has been in stellar form, and his last gasp penalty save against the Hammers on Sunday will do little to dent his prospects of continuing in goal.
Still, as a top-quality goalkeeper picking up big wages, the door will always be ajar for Henderson to stake his claim for first-team minutes, and Wednesday’s clash represents the perfect opportunity to do so.
At a time when United’s attacking contingent is more competitive than ever, Martial has so far failed to convince Solskjaer to grant him more regular game time.
The Frenchman’s career with the Red Devils seemed to reach a crescendo in 2019/20 when he bagged 17 Premier League goals.
Instead of kicking on from there, his career at Old Trafford has once again tailed off. A big performance against West Ham will be needed to stop him from slipping further down the pecking order.
Perhaps it is too early to say that Sancho’s start at Old Trafford has been disappointing, but that alone tells you that things have not gone particularly well.
At the London Stadium, the £73million signing who United had chased for two summers was consigned to the bench.
Having shown such promise with Borussia Dortmund, it is only logical that he will receive plenty more chances to demonstrate his worth, but a goal involvement in midweek would be an ideal way to get things up and running for the 21-year-old.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, Cavani has seen his No 7 shirt disappear, as well as his minutes up top – though he has struggled for fitness of late.
Granted, he has given way to one of the best to ever play football, but the Uruguayan is a superstar in his own right and he will be keen to ensure his team-mate does not have it all his own way.
Last campaign, his 17-goal haul in all competitions drew plaudits from respected figures around the Premier League. If he is to come anywhere near that total this time around, opportunities presented in midweek Carabao Cup games must be grasped with both hands.