Louis Van Gaal was criticized widely all over the press and social media for his starting lineup and substitutions against Spurs. It was clear for everyone to see that Van Gaal got his tactics completely wrong especially in the second half when Spurs scored three goals with complete ease and won the game.
Even a stubborn coach like Van Gaal will change his tactics and team selection when it goes horribly wrong like he did last year. And this game against West Ham is a must win as it is the only hope for Van Gaal to win some silverware at United.
Van Gaal did talk about controlling Carroll, so surely Blind won’t be starting as CB and we expect Phil Jones who is now fully fit to partner Smalling in defence. Herrera should replace Carrick as two games within 4 days will be physically very tough for the out of form and ageing Englishman . Wayne Rooney should make his return to the team although it will be in place of Juan Mata instead of Lingard or Rashford. Van Gaal pointed out that he doesn’t want to play Martial as a striker so the Frenchman will again start on the left.