Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United; Zlatan Levels It Up

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Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring for Manchester United

Manchester United v West Ham United

Jose Mourinho has made six changes to the side that defeated Feyenoord in the Europa League group match for today’s English Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford.

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There was also a surprise addition to the matchday squad, as midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has not played a single minute for the new boss, was named in the squad for the first time this season.

Schweinsteiger last featured for the Reds against Manchester City on March 20 with his last appearance at Old Trafford coming against West Ham in the FA Cup on March 13.

The changes today see goalkeeper David De Gea, defenders Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian, midfielders Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard, as well as forward Marcus Rashford all returning to the starting side.

This means, despite scoring in midweek, there was no place for captain Wayne Rooney.

Rooney started and impressed against Feyenoord, but Mourinho has decided to keep him on the bench for this Premier League clash.

Also back on the bench are Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Daley Blind and Sergio Romero, while there is no place in the matchday squad for Michael Carrick.

Mourinho was tempted to start Mkhitaryan after he delivered a Man of the Match performance on Thursday, but the Portuguese coach has elected to recall Lingard, who came off the bench and scored in the 4-0 win over Feyenoord.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back to domestic action after missing the 1-1 draw with Arsenal last week because of suspension.

Ashley Young also returns as a substitute, along with Marouane Fellaini.

For West Ham United, former Manchester United forward Ashley Fletcher is on the bench, along with Simone Zaza and Andre Ayew.

Dimitri Payet, who is being linked with a move to Old Trafford in the national newspapers in England, is among the starters today for the Hammers, so too are Diafra Sakho, Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble.

West Ham are without defender Winston Reid, who is banned after being sent off against Tottenham.

Manchester United are currently sitting sixth in the EPL standings on 19 points, while West Ham are struggling in the bottom half of the table.

Manchester United Team: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Rashford, Ibrahimovic. Subs: Rooney, Blind, Young, Romero, Mkhitaryan, Fellaini, Schweinsteiger.

West Ham Team: Randolph, Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna, Antonio, Obiang, Noble, Cresswell, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho. Subs: Nordtveit, Feghouli, Zaza, Adrian, Ayew, Fletcher, Fernandes.

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