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Match Preview: West Ham vs United

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After a winning start to their Europa League campaign, United venture to London to face West Ham hoping to make it a first win on the road this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær earned back-to-back victories for the first time since March on Thursday, and will now take on Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini, who can break a record by beating four different United managers in the Premier League.

The capital is the place to be for football this Sunday, and here’s everything you need to know ahead of this clash.

Kick-off: 14:00 [GMT]

Venue: London Stadium

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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Position: 8th

Recent form: DWWWD

Top scorer: Sébastien Haller [3]

Previous result: Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham

Opposition lowdown

Since being smashed 1-5 on the opening day by Manchester City, two wins and two draws have followed for a much-improved Hammers side.

New striker signing Haller sits top of the scoring charts, supplied by wingers Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko. Meanwhile, Declan Rice continues to impress at the base of midfield in the sole pivot in front of a solid centre back pairing of Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna or Fabián Balbuena.

Whoever the back line is, and more than soon, they will have star man Lukasz Fabiański between the sticks, who made the most saves in the Premier League during 2019-20.

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In the middle of the park, Pablo Fornals is set to partner Mark Noble just ahead of the English prodigy due to Manuel Lanzini facing a late fitness test. In addition, Pellegrini may be forced into starting former City right-back Pablo Zabaleta on the left if Aaron Cresswell is not fit enough to start.

A win at the London Stadium almost 12 months ago to the day will give West Ham confidence but last beat United prior at home while still at Upton Park, only beating them in two of their last 21 Premier League meetings – winning fourteen and drawing five.

Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)

  • Michail Antonio – hamstring (next year)
  • Arthur Masuaku – two yellow cards (next match)
  • Winston Reid – knee (day to day)

Expected lineup

(4-1-4-1) Fabiański; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Yarmolenko, Noble, Fornals, Anderson; Haller

Quote from the boss

“We play against a big team, a good team, but the trust we have in our players now is different. We beat them 3-1 [in 2018-19] and I hope that we can do a complete game on Sunday.” – Manuel Pellegrini

Next match: Oxford United [A] 25/9/19

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Mason Greenwood’s gorgeous first competitive goal was enough to fend off a plucky Astana, as the forward became the youngest ever player to score for United in Europe.

Solskjær handed nine first starts of the season as he made wholesale changes, a strategy expected to be employed throughout the next few midweeks due to cup involvement, with Rochdale up next on Wednesday evening in the Carabao Cup.

David De Gea, the entire back four and many more are likely to regain their starting spots in a much-changed lineup.

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The Spanish discussed the impact of the away support with the club website ahead of the match, saying: “It’s amazing… it helps us all tremendously down there on the pitch, we can always feel the warmth from our fans and that is hugely important to us.”

Although Marcus Rashford failed to take three guilt-edged chances on Thursday, faith in him is expected to be retained and has been directly involved in four goals in 351 minutes of Premier League action against West Ham – 88 minutes-per-goal.

The England forward has also provided more assists versus West Ham than against any other team, with three.

Despite the struggles of Tahith Chong, Axel Tuanzebe and Angel Gomes flourished behind latest academy sensation Greenwood. Their manager has reiterated that if he keeps scoring, he may well stay in the XI.

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Injuries/suspensions (estimated return)

  • Eric Bailly – knee ligaments (three months)
  • Timothy Fosu-Mensah – knee (next year)
  • Anthony Martial – thigh (unknown)
  • Paul Pogba – ankle (unknown)
  • Luke Shaw – hamstring (four weeks)

Expected lineup

(4-2-3-1) De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Mata, Lingard; Rashford

Quote from the boss

“We’ve had two clean sheets now, and that will give the defenders confidence. If we can keep a clean sheet [vs West Ham], it will be easier for the strikers. You don’t have to score twos, threes, and fours every time.” – Ole Gunnar Solskjær

 Next match: Rochdale [H] 25/9/19

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– Sébastien Haller vs Harry Maguire

– Felipe Anderson vs Aaron Wan-Bissaka

– Declan Rice vs Juan Mata


  • West Ham have won two of their last four Premier League home games against Man Utd (D1 L1), as many as they had in their first 19 home games against them in the competition (W2 D9 L8)
  • United have scored more Premier League goals against West Ham United than any other side has in the competition (94)
  • The Hammers have earned 48 points from their last 30 Premier League matches (W14 D6 L10); the best record of the ‘non-big six’ sides over this period and just one point fewer than Tottenham Hotspur (49)
  • The Red Devils’ starting XI has had an average age of just 25 years and 51 days; the youngest in the Premier League this season and younger than any previous Premier League season by a United side, ahead of 1995-96 (25 years, 345 days)

Enjoy the match!

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