Andy Carroll does signify a huge aerial threat, which United have had trouble dealing with this season. Hopefully he can be contained.
However, United should be able to see out West Ham and get another three points. Complacency might hurt.
Sir Alex Ferguson will probably employ a 4-4-2 formation. However, with Darren Fletcher's return, a 4-2-3-1 is also likely. With Nani and Valencia out, a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond is also feasible.
Goalkeeper and Defence
Anders Lindegaard would probably be the favoured goalkeepers, while Patrice Evra, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand and Rafael will be the back four.
Partnering Michael Carrick at central midfield would be Darren Fletcher. Returning from a lengthy injury, Fletcher performed admirably against Queens Park Rangers and warrants a starting berth. Getting more game time is crucial for the Scot if he seeks to establish himself yet again.
With Valencia and Nani both out with injuries, Ashley Young will be entrusted with providing width on the right flank. Ryan Giggs might start out on the left. Danny Welbeck also put in an impressive shift against QPR from the left flank, so it is a tossup between Giggs and Welbeck.
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will lead the offense.
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