Hammers welcome back duo


Vladimír Coufal and Nayef Aguerd have been in included in the starting line up as David Moyes bids for a double over Manchester United this afternoon.

Coufal was suspended for the game against Bournemouth as a result of receiving two yellow cards in the draw away at Sheffield United.  Ben Johnson – who produced a fine performance against is retained in the starting eleven. He will ne making his third start in four games.

Aguerd appears for the first time since the 3-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in mid-December. He returns as a result of Morocco being knocked out of the Afcon tournament.

The pair will replace  Konstantinos Mavropanos and January loan signing Kalvin Phillips, who looked in need of games in the 1-1 draw.

West Ham United team for Sunday's match at Manchester United

Emerson makes up the back line with Edson Álvarez in the Hammers’ midfield, while Tomáš Souček starts a 13th consecutive Premier League match for the Irons. The Czech Republic captain will be looking to add to his eight goals scored in all competitions this campaign, and his 30 in his West Ham career.

Mohammed Kudus scores against Manchester United
Mohammed Kudus scores against Manchester United in December’s 2-0 victory

James Ward-Prowse has been West Ham’s most-featured player so far this season, with 2,593 minutes to his name in Claret and Blue, and the No7 is in the starting XI once again against Manchester United. The summer signing has 16 goal involvements in 31 appearances this campaign.

Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus got the goals in the Hammers’ 2-0 home win over the Red Devils in December, and both start the game at Old Trafford.

Manchester United: Onana, Dalot, Maguire, Martínez, Shaw, Casemiro, Mainoo, Garnacho, Fernandes ©, Rashford, Højlund
Subs: Bayindir (GK), Lindelöf, Varane, McTominay, Amrabat, Eriksen, Forson, Antony, Diallo
West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Johnson, Zouma ©, Aguerd, Emerson, Álvarez, Souček, Ward-Prowse, Kudus, Bowen
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Scarles, Phillips, Cornet, Ings, Mubama

Referee: Andrew Madley

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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