MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs. West Ham

Manchester United vs. West Ham United

Manchester United look to rebound after a disappointing last-minute tie against AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday as they welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford in the Premier League this Sunday. The Red Devils look to avoid entering a race for Top 4 and a win against West Ham would provide some much needed cushion for Manchester United.

Match Build Up

Manchester United are looking to complete their first league double over West Ham since 2013-14, when they were managed by current Hammers boss David Moyes. The Hammers are winless in their last 12 Premier League away games against Manchester United (D3 L9). West Ham haven’t beaten United since a 1-0 victory on the final day of the 2006-07 campaign.

West Ham have led Manchester United at half-time in each of their last three Premier League games, though have gone on to win just one of those (D1 L1). They are one of four sides to lead the Red Devils at the interval in three consecutive Premier League matches. Arsenal in 1999 to 2000, Chelsea in 2003 to 2004 and Liverpool in 2000 to 2001), with no team doing so for four games in a row.

Manchester United have netted 15 goals in their last three home Premier League games (W2 D1), scoring at least three times in each game. They last scored 3+ goals in four home games in a row between May and September 2011 under Sir Alex Ferguson.

West Ham are looking to become the fourth London team to win at Old Trafford in the league this season, after Crystal Palace, Spurs and Arsenal. The only previous league campaign in which four London sides have won away to Man Utd was in 1986-87 (Charlton, Chelsea, West Ham and Wimbledon).

Manchester United Team News

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without three key attackers on Sunday, with Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani all doubts.  If the trio are unavailable, the boss will likely start with Mason Greenwood in the central striker role. Meanwhile, Dean Henderson is expected to continue between the sticks in David De Gea’s absence. Additionally, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw and Fred, who didn’t start against AC Milan on Thursday, could come back into the side. 

Phil Jones, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata all remain unavailable through injury. Thankfully, in-form Jesse Lingard is ineligible to play against his parent side which could see David Moyes hand Jarrod Bowen a return to the side, in place of the United Academy graduate.

Lineup Prediction: Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelöf, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Fred, Scott McTominay; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James; ….. who knows at #9

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