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Three ways Man Utd could line up vs West Ham as Solskjaer makes Amad decision

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Manchester United will be looking to strengthen their grip on their place in the top four when they welcome West Ham to Old Trafford on Sunday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go into the match six points ahead of West Ham and know a positive result is crucial if they are to strengthen their hopes of Champions League qualification.

United are looking to complete their first league double over West Ham since 2013-14, when they were managed by current Hammers boss David Moyes.

In terms of early team news Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani are all doubts.

Here, our writers have their say on how United should line up.

Dominic Booth

It is worth Solskjaer considering a change of shape, given the paucity of attacking options at his disposal.

If Rashford and Martial are indeed injured, as has been suggested, United will have two fully fit forwards, Daniel James and Mason Greenwood, plus Amad who has never started for them.

Supporters don’t like it when Solskjaer plays one of Fred or Scott McTominay alongside Nemanja Matic, but perhaps all three starting in a different shape would allow the two more energetic midfielders to bomb forward from a diamond.

Fernandes is shouldering lots of responsibility, but at least United have their first choice back four fit to give him a platform against West Ham. Shaw and Lindelof coming back in makes sense.

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Tyrone Marshall

It doesn’t feel like Solskjaer has too many options today given the injuries. Henderson will stay in goal and while Bailly was solid against AC Milan, Lindelof is probably marginally ahead of him for now. Shaw is clearly superior to Telles at left-back so will return.

Matic has offered very little of late so the midfield has to be Fred and McTominay, who at least offer a bit more energy, while the Scot can break into the box and scored in the FA Cup win over the Hammers. The burden of creativity remains on the shoulders of Bruno Fernandes, however.

In attack the front three picks itself really. Amad will surely make his first start for the club, with James on the left and Greenwood getting a chance down the middle.

Rich Fay

United’s attacking line up will likely depend on late fitness tests but the rest of the team should be fairly straightforward to select.

Henderson needs a response following his error in midweek while Lindelof and Shaw both look set to return to a back line which has kept clean sheets in the last three league outings.

Fred and McTominay have to return in midfield despite the latter’s poor showing against Milan, with Pogba not ready to start matches if he were to make a shock return to the bench.

There is a lot of mitigation with the forward line but Amad is ready for a start and Greenwood should be used as the central attacking option.

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