Man United team news drops early with eight ruled out for crunch West Ham clash

Harry Maguire will partner Raphael Varane in central defence for Manchester United against West Ham in the Premier League this afternoon.

United are thin on the ground in defence today, but Ralf Rangnick has received a timely boost with Maguire returning from an abdominal injury.

The United captain came off the bench in the 71st minute of the 3-1 win over Brentford on Wednesday after missing three games through injury.

He will start at Old Trafford today, however, with Victor Lindelof missing the West Ham match to be his wife after break-in at their home this week.

“From the first day I arrived Harry played and was already firmly set within the starting XI,” Rangnick said in his pre-match press conference.

“He picked up an injury in the Burnley game that ruled him out for the next two or three games and now he is back to full fitness as he came on against Brentford.

“I explained to him that I didn’t want to change anything because I thought Victor [Lindelof] and Rapha’s partnership was doing well.

“With Victor now being out, Harry will play from the beginning tomorrow and again be the captain of the team.”

Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles are set to continue in the full-back positions, with Luke Shaw (knock) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (ill) still out.

With Eric Bailly away at the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast, United are missing a full back four.

Ethan Laird, Axel Tuanzebe, Teden Mengi and Brandon Williams are all out on loan, meaning United are currently without eight defenders in total.

Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered from a neck injury, while Edinson Cavani is also back after missing the midweek win over Brentford.

Jadon Sancho is a doubt, however, after missing the Brentford game due to a bereavement in the family.

Sancho attended a funeral on Wednesday and although he trained with United on Friday, he might sit out of Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.

“Right now I’m not sure if he will be available for the game tomorrow,” Rangnick said yesterday.

“It was an important member of the family, somebody he was close to all his life. I have to wait and see, speak to him before training and after training and take the decision.”

United come into the match in seventh place, two points behind West Ham in fourth.

Full Manchester United squad: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Diogo Dalot, Raphael Varane, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford.