Manchester United will look to return to winning ways after a disappointing defeat in Europe midweek as we take on West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The match kicks off at 14:00PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on Sky Sports with coverage starting at 13:00PM.
Disappointment in the Champions League
The Red Devils will arrive into this Premier League match having suffered a surprising 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in our opening Champions League group stage fixture. Cristiano Ronaldo had given us the lead early on. However, a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka saw the tide turn in the match. The Swiss side came back with two goals in the second half that saw United handed a blow as we had to look to get a good start in the competition. There is enough time for us to recover from this defeat in the Champions League as we have five remaining matches to compete in.
Time to bounce back
In the Premier League, United have made an excellent start currently topping the league table after four games picking up 10 points in the process. We boast a goal difference of +8 and have scored 11 goals across these games.
Cristiano Ronaldo made his return to Old Trafford last week as he scored twice in our 4-1 victory over Newcastle United. We have also had victories over Leeds and Wolverhampton Wanderers plus a 1-1 draw against Southampton in the early stages of the season.
As we head into the last few weeks of September, it is set to be a busy one for United. We face West Ham again on Wednesday but this time in the League Cup. This follows another home match next Saturday against Aston Villa, then we have our Champions League game against Villarreal to close out the month.
United boasts an impressive Premier League away record having not lost in the last 28 games. This is the longest run ever in the history of English football. The record will be put to the test against a West Ham side that has continued to improve over the last couple of seasons.
Manchester United Team News
For United, Marcus Rashford has made his return to training following his shoulder operation. However, this match has come a little too soon for him to be involved. Amad Diallo and Edinson Cavani are out as they continued to recover their respective injuries.
Scott McTominay is also back in training after recovering from his groin surgery. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær had intimated that the midfielder could have been involved in the league game against Newcastle United last week. It would not be a surprise if the Scotland international does make the starting eleven for this fixture.
If McTominay and Fred are to be the two central midfielders, then this would see Paul Pogba move out to the left. Mason Greenwood would occupy the right-hand side with Bruno Fernandes directly behind Ronaldo.
The early form of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has started to be questioned. There will be pressure from Diogo Dalot for the right-back position. It is more than likely that Wan-Bissaka will retain his place on Sunday.
Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba, and Ronaldo.
West Ham arrives into this fixture having secured a 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League on Thursday evening, thanks to goals from Michail Antonio and Declan Rice. The Hammers put in an excellent display, who have become a good side under manager David Moyes.
They finished sixth in the league last season and we’re only two points off the Champions League places. This has raised expectations amongst the fans and at the club that they can go one better this season. West Ham has picked up eight points from their opening four matches. They began with victories over both Newcastle United and Leicester City before drawing against Crystal Palace and Southampton.
West Ham will face Manchester United twice in a matter of days as they travel to Old Trafford for the League Cup tie on Wednesday evening. This follows an away trip to Leeds United next weekend. The Hammers then face Rapid Vienna in the Europa League at the London Stadium on September 30th.
West Ham United Team News
For our opponents, they will be without the services of Michail Antonio after he picked up a red card against Southampton last weekend. He will be a big loss for the Hammers having scored four goals and registered three assists in the opening four games of the season. Jarrod Bowen is likely to lead the line in his absence.
David Moyes may opt to go with a back three for this fixture with Kurt Zouma joining Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson in the defence. Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals would provide attacking support for Jarrod Bowen.
Manchester United Premier League form: WDWW
Manchester United form (all competitions): WDWWL
West Ham United Premier League form: WWDD
West Ham United form (all competitions): WWDDW
- Manchester United has won their last two Premier League meetings with West Ham, last winning three in a row against the Hammers in September 2014. (source: Opta)
- Manchester United is unbeaten in 28 Premier League away games, the longest ever run without defeat on the road in English league history. The Red Devils have conceded just 19 goals in this run, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process. (source: Opta)
- In Premier League history, Manchester United have the highest win rate in Sunday games (min. 10 games) – 55 per cent (163/297). (source: Opta)
United will be looking to bounce after the disappointment in midweek. However, West Ham will prove a tough side to beat. It will be an intriguing game to watch as both sides look to continue their good start in the league. I think we just have enough to secure the victory on Sunday having had an extra day to prepare.
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