Picking the Best Manchester United XI to Take Down West Ham

Bimersha GautamCorrespondent IIINovember 26, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Darren Fletcher of Manchester United scores his team's second goal to make the score 2-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on November 24, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Manchester United entertain high flying West Ham United next week at the Old Trafford. The Hammers have gotten to an impressive start to the new season and are in the top half of the table. 

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. 

 

Formation

 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. 

 

Midfield

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. 

 

Forwards

Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will lead the offense. 

 

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