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Manchester United will be stepping up their preparations for their second match with West Ham in a matter of days today.

Following on from their dramatic 2-1 victory at the London Stadium on Sunday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard, as well as David de Gea’s last-minute penalty save, the two sides will face off again on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup.

The match will be at Old Trafford this time around and both teams are likely to name several changes to their starting XIs but, hopefully, it will be another thrilling encounter.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed that Lingard will start the game.

“He’ll play, of course, on Wednesday because we will make a few changes,” he said.

“It was quite clear that he wants to fight for his place and want to be a part of a United team he feels is going places. For me, I can’t speak for Jesse now, but he is really contributing.”

Stay tuned for the latest United news all day long.

01:09Kadeem Simmonds

Jones nears first-team returnPhil Jones could be set for his first taste of first-team action since January 2020.

Solskjaer confirmed that the defender was a part of the squad to face West Ham on Wednesday night.

Read the full story here.

Phil Jones is stepping up his recovery for United00:40Kadeem Simmonds

Early Round of 16 informationShould United overcome West Ham, they will be through to the Round of 16 in the Carabao Cup.

Find out all you ned to know about that round here.

23:54Kadeem Simmonds

United predicted XI vs West HamOle Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to ring the changes on Wednesday night.

Who do you think gets the nod against West Ham?

Read our predicted XI here.

United will be making changes when they face West Ham in midweek23:22Kadeem Simmonds

U21s shine against BradfordIt was a good night for Neil Wood’s Under-21 side in the Papa John’s Trophy.

United turned it on in the second-half to beat Bradford City with goals from Charlie Savage, Joe Hugill and Dillon Hoogewerf.

Read the match report here.

Steven Railston

Follow our coverage of United’s U23s tonightManchester United U21s are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to face League Two side Bradford City in their second Papa John’s Trophy match.

Follow our LIVE coverage of the game here.

Hannibal Mejbri is the star name for United at youth level16:34KEY EVENT

Manchester United name Elanga and Telles in squad to face West HamAnthony Elanga and Alex Telles will be named in Manchester United’s squad to play West Ham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday

Elanga, 19, made his first team debut under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against Leicester in May before he went on to feature in United’s Premier League games against Aston Villa and Wolves and he also enjoyed an excellent pre-season for United this summer.

Despite making a stellar impression, Elanga has yet to play for United’s first team this season, however, Solskjaer has now confirmed he’ll be in contention to play against West Ham in the Carabao Cup this week, along with the returning from injury Telles.

Telles sustained an ankle injury in pre-season, but he could make his full return against West Ham, as confirmed by the United boss.

Learn more here,

Anthony Elanga of Manchester United. (Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)15:45KEY EVENT

Manchester United announce plans for new facilities at CarringtonManchester United intend to install floodlights and a new all-seater stand at their Carrington training complex as part of a much-needed facilities upgrade.

United’s owners, the Glazers, have come under mounting pressure to invest in the training ground and Old Trafford, which have both lacked significant renovation over the last 15 years.

Following the collapse of the Super League, United co-chairman Joel Glazer vowed to supporters he would sanction overdue investment in the stadium and training complex.

United said planning applications have already been submitted for new floodlights and a stand that would house 500 spectators, a measure which would possibly end United junior teams’ days of playing at Leigh Sports Village.

Read the full story here.

15:07Steven Railston

United’s next five gamesThey’ll be hoping to beat West Ham again tomorrow.

West Ham 22 September Carabao Cup (H) Aston Villa 25 September Premier League (H)Villarreal 29 September Champions League (H)Everton 2 October Premier League (H)Leicester 16 October Premier League (A)

14:53KEY EVENT

Manchester United issue Alex Telles injury update Manchester United’s Alex Telles could make his return from injury in United’s Carabao Cup game against West Ham.

Telles sustained an ankle injury in United’s pre-season game against Derby in July and he’s since been sidelined with the problem.

The Brazilian’s rehabilitation is understood to have gone well, though, and after making his return to light training earlier this month, Telles took part in full training at Carrington last week – he claimed on social media to feel ‘better than ever’ after that session.

Now, Telles has discussed his recovery and he’s revealed that he’s in contention to make his full comeback in United’s Carabao Cup game against West Ham on Wednesday night. “I feel good. Things happen in football,” Telles told United’s in-house media.

Read what Telles said here.

Alex Telles is close to making his return. (Image: 2021 Manchester United FC)14:10Daniel Murphy

United have development plans for CarringtonGood news.

13:40Daniel Murphy

Shaw, Maguire and Sancho asked who has best celebration at United13:16Daniel Murphy

Alex Telles provides injury updateAlex Telles has said he’s is feeling better than ever ahead of his return from injury.

“I feel good. Things happen in football. I wasn’t very happy about that [the injury] but I took advantage of the situation by working harder,” he told United’s site.

“I feel better than before, I feel better prepared and stronger, physically and mentally. I’m much better and I’m thrilled to be back.

“Whenever I get the chance to play, I’ll give everything for United to win the lot.”

Alex Telles of Manchester United. (Image: 2021 Marc Atkins)12:48Daniel Murphy

Manchester United have made two changes to their eight-man list of attackersIn the backgrounder to Manchester United’s Jadon Sancho deal, club sources listed eight attackers who made up ‘one of the strongest and most exciting attacking line-ups in European football’.

On the list were Sancho, Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Amad, and Daniel James.

Conspicuous by his absence was Jesse Lingard. The next day, Lingard scored nervelessly in the friendly defeat at Queens Park Rangers to maintain an auspicious start to his pre-season. It took an inauspicious turn two weeks later when he contracted Covid-19 upon United’s return from their training camp at St Andrews.

Read on here.

11:33Daniel Murphy

United’s FIFA 22 ratings in fullCristiano Ronaldo – ST – 91 ratedBruno Fernandes – CAM – 88 rated – Upgraded from 87Jadon Sancho – RM – 87 ratedPaul Pogba – CM – 87 rated – Upgraded from 86Raphael Varane – CB – 86 ratedEdinson Cavani – ST – 85 rated – Upgraded from 84Marcus Rashford – LM – 85 ratedLuke Shaw – LB – 84 rated – Upgraded from 81David De Gea – GK – 84 rated – Downgraded from 86Harry Maguire – CB – 84 rated – Upgraded from 82Aaron Wan-Bissaka – RB – 83 ratedAlex Telles – LB – 82 ratedDonny van de Beek – CM – 81 ratedFred – CDM – 81 ratedAnthony Martial – ST – 81 rated – Downgraded from 84Scott McTominay – CDM – 80 rated – Upgraded from 79Dean Henderson – GK – 80 ratedVictor Lindelof – CB – 80 ratedJesse Lingard – CAM – 79 ratedNemanja Matic – CDM – 79 ratedEric Bailly – CB – 79 ratedMason Greenwood – RM – 78 rated – Upgraded from 77Juan Mata – CAM – 78 ratedTom Heaton – GK – 76 ratedDiogo Dalot – RB – 76 ratedPhil Jones – CB – 74 ratedAmad – RM – 68 ratedLee Grant – GK – 65 ratedAnthony Elanga – CB – 64 ratedHannibal – CAM – 62 ratedShola Shoretire – RM – 62 rated

Manchester United’s FIFA 22 player ratings11:05Daniel Murphy

Solskjaer’s midfield admission shows why Rice is a Manchester United priorityMost Manchester United fans were more than satisfied with the club’s transfer window this summer.

The arrival of prime targets Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane were made even better by the return of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

But it was no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was eager to bring in at least one new midfielder in the summer too, and West Ham United’s Declan Rice was earmarked as the club’s number one target.

His age, English international status and importance to the Hammers meant they weren’t prepared to sell for anything less than £100million. This made the 22-year-old almost unattainable this summer due to spending elsewhere.

Read on here.

ZAGREB, CROATIA – SEPTEMBER 16: Declan Rice of West Ham United during the UEFA Europa League group H match between Dinamo Zagreb and West Ham United at Maksimir Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Photo by Igor Soban/Pixsell/MB Media/Getty Images)10:18Daniel Murphy

Roma ‘eye’ January move for Diogo DalotJose Mourinho is keen on a reunion with Diogo Dalot at Roma, according to reports.

The former United boss was the one who brought the full-back to Old Trafford from Porto in 2018.

CalcioMercato, via RomaPress, report that Roma are looking to make reinforcements in January and could offer a loan-to-buy deal for Dalot.

Diogo Dalot of Manchester United (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)09:35Daniel Murphy

United might have had a turning point in Premier League title raceIt is a quirk of this season’s Premier League title challenge that you could count the amount of Chelsea players Manchester United would have in their starting XI on one hand.

Yes, these combined XIs are hackneyed exercises, but for argument’s sake, Reece James and N’Golo Kante would be upgrades at right-back and defensive midfield for United. Elsewhere? David de Gea is back among the world’s best goalkeepers again, United have the best left-back around, and the centre halves are more Ferdinand and Vidic than Smalling and Jones.

Paul Pogba wears 6 but is one of the world’s best 8s and few playmakers are as effective as Bruno Fernandes. Cristiano Ronaldo outscored Romelu Lukaku last season. Perhaps there would be an allowance for Mason Mount or Kai Havertz, although they operate in the same zone as Fernandes.

Read on here.

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the ground running on his return to England. (Image: Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images.)09:08Daniel Murphy

Lingard to start vs West HamOle Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Jesse Lingard will start against West Ham on Wednesday,

“He’ll play, of course, on Wednesday because we will make a few changes,” he said.

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United. (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)08:31Daniel Murphy

David de Gea is making a tough decision easy for Ole Gunnar SolskjaerIt’s a tale of two goalkeepers. For one everything has been going right the last few months, while for the other things are going as wrong as possible.

As last season came to a close it was still hard to say who would come out still standing in the battle for the No.1 spot at Manchester United:David de Gea or Dean Henderson.

It was Henderson, the academy graduate who earned his stripes at Sheffield United, who looked to be winning as the campaign drew to a close, as he played in 10 of the final 12 matches of the season, keeping four clean sheets.

But De Gea was given the nod from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the last and biggest match of the season: the Europa League final against Villarreal. The fact the Spaniard beat Henderson in such a crucial game seemed telling, but then De Gea had a nightmare in the final as he failed to save a single penalty out of 12 attempts in the shoot-out, before missing the decisive spot-kick himself with a tame effort.

Continue reading here.

David de Gea of Manchester United (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)08:12Daniel Murphy

Man United ‘monitoring’ two players as potential Pogba replacementsWhile Man United are desperate to keep Paul Pogba beyond this summer, when his current contract expires, they are reportedly drawing up a shortlist of replacements should he decided to depart.

That’s according to CalcioMercato who claim that United are hoping to protect themselves from a “nasty surprise.”

It’s added that Tottenham playmaker Tanguy Ndombele is one of the players the club are ‘monitoring’ to replace Pogba, as well as AC Milan’s Frank Kessie.

Paul Pogba could leave United for free next year07:45Daniel Murphy

OPINION: Manchester United should experiment with new midfield partnership If there was ever a game to serve as a case study for Manchester United’s baffling brilliance away from home the weekend win over West Ham would probably be it.

United are unbeaten in 29 Premier League away games, the longest ever run without defeat on the road in English league history. In that time they have conceded just 20 goals, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process, though it certainly hasn’t been without drama.

In that run United have fallen behind many times but always found a way to comeback, with spells of irresistible football which often overshadow moments of sheer horror as well.

Read on here.

Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic could work well together as a duo07:27Daniel Murphy

Wood praises Henderson and JonesDean Henderson and Phil Jones have come in for praise from Under-23s boss Neil Wood.

“I think any first-team player helps but especially experienced players, definitely,” he told United’s in-house media.

“Dean’s played for England and Jonah has played so many games for United. He’s a great professional and it’s great to have him around, whether it’s training or playing in a game. He looks to do the right things and wants to help the young players as well, which is a great credit to him.

“Dean as well. After the Arsenal game, they spoke in the dressing room and gave advice out to the younger players on what it takes to be able to play and compete at the highest level because they’ve got experience of that. That was amazing of them to pass their thoughts on to the young players. Hopefully it’s something the young lads will take in and learn from.”

Dean Henderson on the comeback trail (Image: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)07:03Daniel Murphy

Today’s goal of the dayLovely.

Daniel Murphy

Diogo Dalot leads messages to Manchester United star David de Gea following penalty save A number of players from Manchester United’s first-team squad have sent messages to goalkeeper David de Gea after his heroics helped the Reds secure a dramatic 2-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Just minutes after it looked as though substitute Jesse Lingard had wrapped up all three points for United, West Ham were awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Andriy Yarmelenko’s cross struck the outstretched arm of Luke Shaw.

After a VAR check and on-field review by referee Martin Atkinson, the Hammers sent on Mark Noble from the bench to take the spot-kick, but he saw his poor effort kept out by De Gea, meaning he proved to be United’s hero on a dramatic afternoon in the capital.

See what they said here.

David de Gea was Manchester United’s hero against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. (Image: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images.)Daniel Murphy

Why Michael Carrick dragged Paul Pogba down the tunnel after Manchester United win Paul Pogba was ushered down the London Stadium tunnel by Michael Carrick on Sunday afternoon amid abuse directed at him by irate West Ham supporters.

The French midfielder was targeted by home fans as he made his way towards the changing room following Manchester United’s dramatic 2-1 win in the capital.

A clip shared on social media showed a minority of West Ham fans hurling abuse at Pogba as he made his way down the tunnel, before the United midfielder stopped to laugh at those taunting him.

Pogba, 28, appeared to see the funny side of the situation as he simply stood and smiled at the aggrieved home supporters before first-team coach Carrick intervened and pushed him down the tunnel.

Get all the details here.

Daniel Murphy

Manchester United deserve an explanation from Martin Atkinson over Cristiano Ronaldo decisions In one of the first Premier League matches following its restart last June, it was reassuring to hear how basic the language was used by players to communicate and what their opinion of the officiating was.

At Tottenham, Scott McTominay informed the referee Jon Moss he was ‘taking the p–s’ for the peculiar booking of Daniel James. Jose Mourinho told his confidants after the match Moss should have been kept on furlough.

Cristiano Ronaldo remembered the photographer who charted his first spell in Manchester when he returned to Real Madrid, banging on the windows of the team coach at the airport, and gave them the thumbs up on his permanent return this month. Ronaldo will remember Martin Atkinson.

Read on here.

Daniel Murphy

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