A game of two halves last outing for the Hammers saw a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where Eden Hazard was the glaring bridge between the quality in the two teams.
West Ham were awful in the first half, being lucky coming into the break at just 1-0 down thanks to some magic from the Belgian winger, yet a change in tactics, and hopefully a grilling from Pellegrini, saw the Hammers start the second half in fine fashion.
However, it was not to be the Hammers’ night, as Hazard stuck away his second in the final moments of the game, ending any resurgence of a West Ham comeback.
Looking ahead, the Hammers face a tough visit to Old Trafford, albeit with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side not in the greatest of form themselves, having lost four out of their last five games.
However, with West Ham’s current away form, this looks to be a comfortable win for the Red Devils.
Pellegrini, however, should be positive from both the second half performance and the return of Fabian Balbuena, who was superb on his return to the starting XI.
Here is how we think the Hammers could line up for the trip to Manchester:
GK - Lukasz Fabianski
Where would we be without this man? Fabianski has made the most saves out of any goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
RB - Ryan Fredericks
Fredericks seems to be settling into his position quite comfortably, establishing himself as a regular starter.
CB - Issa Diop
Didn’t feature at Chelsea, yet Ogbonna’s poor performance should lead the way for Diop’s return to the side.
CB - Fabian Balbuena
My MOTM against Chelsea, Balbuena looked fantastic Monday night, shame Ogbonna let him down.
LB - Aaron Cresswell
A few sloppy mistakes for Cresswell on Monday, however, he should make the starting XI.
CM - Declan Rice
Rice keeps his place in the starting XI, after a somewhat quiet night from his part on Monday.
CM - Mark Noble
Thought Noble had a solid performance on Monday, and subbing him was harsh.
CAM - Manuel Lanzini
Albeit Monday was a poor performance from Lanzini, who went under the radar of the scrutiny from West Ham fans. Hopefully, he can rectify himself with a better showing against United.
RW - Michail Antonio
Antonio did not feature on Monday due to a dead leg picked up last minute, yet he is cleared to play for Saturday.
LW - Felipe Anderson
The guy is very hit and miss, and again had a very lacklustre outing against Chelsea, failing to utilise the ball in what could have been key moments for West Ham. However, a £40 million signing cannot be dropped… can he?
ST - Marko Arnautovic
Thought Arnie had a decent game on Monday – put a shift in out wide, and was much more effective when moved to the middle at half time. Slowly but surely, he’s getting back to his old self, and a goal will get him there on Saturday.