West Ham frontman Jarrod Bowen is hoping the return of Michail Antonio can prove the spark for a dish of instant revenge against Manchester United in this evening’s League Cup clash at Old Trafford.
The Hammers, playing in the Europa League this season, will have played six matches in 20 days by the end of this month and are bidding to avenge Sunday’s 2-1 loss in the Premier League.
“There are a lot of games coming up now. We’ve got this, then we’re in the Premier League and then the Europa League the following week as well,” he said. “But as players, that is what we want, and we’ll go into the next game exactly the same as on Sunday.”
Bowen had to deputise for the suspended Antonio at the London Stadium and the 24-year-old, who usually plays on the right of a front three, says he doesn’t mind moving around the pitch.
““Anywhere that I play on the pitch, I love playing. It’s different, but I felt like I did as much as I could up there,” he explained.
While Antonio is back from his ban, Moyes could still rest him with Saturday’s league trip to Leeds in mind. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and midfielder Alex Kral are in line to make their debuts following their summer loan moves.
Issa Diop, Arthur Masuaku and Manuel Lanzini could also start along with club captain Mark Noble, whose stoppage-time penalty miss cost the Hammers a point.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to make changes for the game. The Norwegian has already hinted that midfielder Jesse Lingard, who has scored after coming off the bench in each of his last two Premier League appearances against Newcastle and the Hammers, will start against the club where he spent part of last season on loan.
Striker Edinson Cavani (muscle strain) and defender Alex Telles (ankle) could return and ’keepers Tom Heaton and Dean Henderson will be hoping David De Gea is given a rest, while the likes of Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, as well as youngsters Anthony Elanga, Teden Mengi, Hannibal Mejbri and Shola Shoretire, could come into contention.
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