Five Man Utd players who must impress Solskjaer if given chance vs West Ham

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Manchester United will be looking to replicate their recent league victory over West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

United beat the Hammers 2-1 thanks to an 89th-minute stunner from Jesse Lingard.

Hammers’ Said Benrahma opened the scoring in the 30th minute when his strike from outside of the box deflected off of Raphael Varane and trickled into the back of the net having wrongfooted David De Gea.

Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from close range five minutes later and the two sides looked set to share the points up until Lingard struck.

The arrival of several new signings means that some of the Red Devils’ fringe players have fallen further down the pecking order and so a cup tie may give them the opportunity to stake their claim for more minutes.

Here are five players who need to impress manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.

Jesse Lingard

Although he scored the all-important goal at the weekend, his opportunities at his boyhood club have been limited and he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Lingard is reportedly expected to sign an extension to stay at the Theatre of Dreams, but until that is done then he will need to take the opportunity to heap further pain on the Hammers on Wednesday.

With world-class competition for spots in the United starting eleven, a quality performance against the club he was loaned to previously will give him a good chance of featuring more frequently.

Donny van de Beek

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Since arriving from Ajax for £35million last August, Donny van de Beek has had very few opportunities to justify his price tag.

With talk of another midfielder being signed when the window opens again, the Carabao Cup match comes at the perfect time for the Dutchman.

The 24-year-old is expected to line up in midfield alongside Nemanja Matic, meaning there will be more of a stress on what he can do offensively rather than defensively.

A good performance could prevent Solskjaer from cutting his losses on the no.34 and selling him as soon as possible.

Anthony Martial

Now competing with Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the first choice striker at Old Trafford, Anthony Martial looks set for a season on the bench.

The Frenchman joined the club looking like a hugely exciting prospect but somewhere along the line he has lost the momentum and he is now no more than just a fringe player at United.

Wednesday’s match gives Martial the opportunity to show Solskjaer that he isn’t just an impact sub, a few goals against a second-choice West Ham defence would go a long way to proving that.

Eric Bailly

Ivorian defender is expected to make his first appearance of the season against David Moyes’ side, and, if he fails to perform well, it could be one of his last.

With Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire certain first-choice centre backs, the likes of Bailly and Victor Lindelof have no choice but to wait until they are called upon.

However, does Solskjaer need both? He has promising youngster Axel Tuanzebe out on loan at Aston Villa, Phil Jones returning from injury and 19-year-old Teden Mengi as replacements if an injury did strike the heart of the defence.

The Norwegian manager may cash in on either Lindelof or Bailly soon, and the latter needs to show he deserves to stay after several shaky appearances last season.

Jadon Sancho

Controversial? Maybe. But Jadon Sancho hasn’t settled as quickly as United’s other summer signings and this Carabao Cup tie offers fans and management the chance to show just how good he is.

If Solskjaer opts to play the Englishman, there will be an expectation that the winger will run riot.

Sancho was signed for £73million in July to conclude a long-running transfer saga, and there are high hopes that the 21-year-old will set the Premier League alight when he adjusts to the intensity of the English top flight.

A fixture against a weakened opposition may be just what the former Borussia Dortmund winger needs to settle into his new surroundings, especially in front of a home crowd.

If not, he risks playing second fiddle to Mason Greenwood until he proves himself.

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