Sakho in the Old Trafford frame


Sak clapsDiafra Sakho looks set for a place on the bench at Old Trafford tomorrow as the Irons open their 2017/18 campaign against Manchester United.

ClaretandHugh can confirm that the striker is with the 20 who have travelled to Manchester and that he is likely to find his way into the final 18.

The Irons line up is likely to look like this: Hart, Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Ayew, Noble, Obiang, Fernandes, Arneutovic and Chicharito.

Aaron Cresswell is understood to have suffered a minor knock and has failed to travel but surprise packet Sakho looks set to play some sort of part as Slaven Bilic weighs his final options for the game.Under 23s goalkeeper Nathan Trott is also with the squad but will play no part in the final 18.

Sakho – who has played only 60 minutes for the under 23s before returning to the first team squad- could now find himself getting a taste of the action in one of the most glamorous games of the season.

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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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  • johnham1 says:

    Really exciting to hear this. Brilliant news, always believed he was and is our no 1 striker. He offers so much more to the team than Carroll when we play one up top. I also believe or hope that himself and Hernandez can make an amazing partnership.

  • Max Willow says:

    Oh wow! Even if Sakho gets 15 minutes, I’d be delighted.
    I can only assume that he came through the U-23 game unscathed and in good form.
    Can’t wait to see Chicharito and Sakho playing as twin strikers.
    Believe me, if Sakho is fit and motivated, he can be a very effective component of our team!

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Luv it 😉👍

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