West Ham United boss David Moyes could be set to make as many as 10 changes to the side for the Carabao Cup game at Manchester United on Wednesday night.
The toll of a hectic campaign with Europa League football is already becoming clear as West Ham looked dead on their feet towards the end of Saturday’s agonisingly harsh defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
The Hammers did themselves and the fans proud but came up short due to a lack of options up front in the absence of suspended Michail Antonio.
West Ham produced a brilliant performance to beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 away on Thursday night.
Hammers empty the tank in two huge games
And they put everything in to Sunday’s game against the Red Devils.
West Ham and Man United meet again in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
The focus for Man United this season is on the Premier League and Champions League.
And for West Ham, the Premier League and Europa League are the clear priority competitions.
So fans can expect a raft of changes when the two sides meet at Old Trafford in two days time.
Red Devils have a deeper squad but Moyes could make as many as 10 changes
West Ham’s problem is that Man United have a much deeper squad than the one at Moyes’s disposal.
The likes of Jesse Lingard and Jadon Sancho are likely to start for Man United.
And West Ham could make as many as 10 changes for the match with an important game away at Leeds to come three days after that.
Moyes will want Antonio available for Leeds. So he is unlikely to risk him at Old Trafford.
Realistically the only player who could keep his place in the West Ham starting XI for the Carabao Cup match is new signing Nikola Vlasic.
Vlasic could be only man to start again as Moyes looks to get £33m new boy up to speed
And that is only so the £33m Croatian can get more minutes in his legs having looked some way off the pace in his two starts thus far.
That can only do Vlasic good.
But he will likely be surrounded by an entirely different team as Moyes looks to protect his key men for the Premier League clash at Elland Road.
Alphonse Areola will almost certainly replace Lukasz Fabianski in goal.
Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Craig Dawson and Ben Johnson will likely be a new-look back four.
Then in midfield expect Alex Kral to make his debut alongside Mark Noble with Manuel Lanzini in front and Vlasic and Arthur Masuaku either side of Andriy Yarmolenko.
Potential West Ham starting XI to face Man United in the Carabao Cup:
Areola, Fredericks, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Kral, Noble, Lanzini, Masuaku, Vlasic, Yarmolenko.