Team news v Man Utd: Arnautovic returns to start against Red Devils



West Ham United’s starting XI against Manchester United has been confirmed and Marko Arnautovic has returned from injury and starts for the Irons. 

The Austrian, who has three goals and an assist in his last four Premier League matches played, missed the draw with Chelsea and 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town due to injury, but is up front for the Hammers this afternoon. 

The 29-year-old’s inclusion in the side is the only change to the Premier League team that collected a point against Chelsea last Sunday.

That means Lukasz Fabianski is back in goal for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, after a clean-sheet in his last performance, with Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop and Arthur Masuaku playing in defence. 

Declan Rice, who came off the bench to take on Macclesfield in midweek, starts this game, with Mark Noble also back in the team with Pedro Obiang forming a midfield trio. 

Record signing Felipe Anderson and Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko will feature on the flanks, supporting the returning Arnautovic up front. 

Among the substitutes is Academy graduate Grady Diangana, who scored twice on his senior debut for West Ham against Macclesfield on Wednesday, with the 20-year-old potentially receiving a Premier League debut if he is brought on. 

The entire West Ham bench is comprised of players who started on Wednesday. Other goalscorers from that game include Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna, Robert Snodgrass, Lucas Perez and Michail Antonio. 

Adrian, along with Diangana, complete the seven players available as substitute to Pellegrini.

West Ham United: Fabianski: Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku: Rice, Noble (c), Obiang; Anderson, Yarmolenko, Arnautovic

Substitutes: Adrian, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Snodgrass, Diangana, Perez, Antonio

Manchester United: De Gea; Young (c), Lindelof, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, McTominay, Pogba, Fellaini, Martial, Lukaku

Substitutes: Grant, Bailly, Darmian, Herrera, Mata, Fred, Rashford