The reliable club source revealed that Manuel Pellegrini is expected to bring in two or more fresh faces from their last pre-season game against Athletic Bilbao.
ExWHUemployee reported the news on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning, after the Hammers lost to the Spaniards on penalties the week before.
West Ham continued their poor defensive form in the game, conceding two early goals against Bilbao before managing to scrape back to earn a 2-2 draw. Hammer of the Year Lukas Fabianski missed out on the game through injury and has been declared fit to return for the visit of City.
One of the changes has to be Fabianski, with the Polish stopper influential for the Hammers since he made the move to the London Stadium. The former Arsenal man forced recent club hero Adrian into a spot on the bench last season which eventually saw him released in the summer, with his chances of replacing the keeper very slim. Many West Ham fans were calling for Arthur Masuaku to be recalled to the starting line-up alongside Fabianski in the comments, and after signing a new deal in pre-season, Pellegrini could be set to reward him with a start in the opener against City. Masuaku is an attacking based full-back and could be found out against Pep Guardiola’s men, but according to WhoScored last season, he outperformed Aaron Cresswell in defence. The 25-year-old averaged more tackles, interceptions, and clearances than Cresswell, and could play a vital role if reinstated back into the side for the lunchtime kick-off.