Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will make changes to his starting XI for the visit of West Ham on Saturday although he won’t completely reshuffle his side.
United went down 1-0 to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford on Wednesday and will head to Camp Nou next week.
There were some encouraging signs for United – despite the loss to the Catalan giants – and although they are now big underdogs at a best price of 8/1 to qualify for the last four, Solskjaer will still believe his side can continue their European adventure, while the manner of their comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round should also give the Premier League club belief.
Solskjaer says he will make a few changes but isn’t planning anything too drastic as United continue their push for a top-four finish.
“I’ve still got options of course to rest one or two because there are games coming up and they’ll all play a part,” he told reporters on Friday.
“We had players on the bench on Wednesday night like Jesse [Lingard] and Anthony [Martial] who normally start games. There will be a couple of changes. Let’s see what we’ll decide on.”
Alexis Sanchez is now fit but won’t be involved with a view to the trip to Barcelona next week, while Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are suspended.
Midfielders Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic both missed Barca’s visit and the game against West Ham will come too soon for the duo.
West Ham are winless in their last eight away games across all competitions and have lost seven of those fixtures.
As such, this looks a good opportunity for United to get back to winning ways ahead of the second leg in Barcelona.
United are a best price of 5/12 to beat the Hammers, the visitors can be backed at 15/2 and a draw is 17/4.