Manuel Pellegrini is now well into his second season as a West Ham manager. But he still doesn’t know who his best left-back is.

Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku have shared the left-back responsibilities over the past few seasons. This year, it has been no different. Pellegrini continues to chop and change his options.

The Cresswell-Masuaku jigsaw

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Cresswell played the first game of the season but was overrun by a rampant Manchester City team. Masuaku subsequently replaced him and looked like he would be the first choice. But an unfortunate red card against Aston Villa presented Cresswell with a reprieve.

The 29-year-old did not disappoint, scoring against Manchester United and then Bournemouth in consecutive games. Cresswell kept his place for the game against Crystal Palace but then missed the trip to Everton with a minor injury.

Masuaku started again but his performance was disappointing. The 25-year-old was at fault for the first goal and this seems to be an ongoing problem. Surprisingly, both players have signed long-term deals this season. But does Pellegrini trust either of them?

West Ham fans continued to debate the left-back conundrum in the aftermath of Saturday’s loss. Here are some tweets discussing who should start next weekend against Sheffield United.

 
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