West Ham will look to usurp Manchester United when they meet at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Hammers have made an indifferent start to the season, neither lingering around the relegation spots nor setting the league on fire. They are currently in 8th place in the PL table, with 8 points from 5 games.
After losing the opening game to Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini’s side tightened things up and are unbeaten in their last 4 games. Further, they are just 2 points off Pep Guardiola’s side at this stage, implying the London club still has a great chance of breaking into the top six.
In order to do so, it is imperative to underline their credentials against a top-six club like Manchester United and that is exactly what they will look to do in this game.
Coming to their opponents, Manchester United’s pulsating 4-0 win over Chelsea in their first game of the season is a distant memory. The Red Devils have won just once since that game, a laborious win over Leicester City last weekend.Embed from Getty Images
The ghosts of last season’s morale-sapping finish still linger as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to fully prove his worthiness to manage a club as big and historic as United. The visit to West Ham is another stern test for the 4th-placed club as a loss could see the home team leapfrog them in the table.
Thus, United has a real challenge on their hands and the game promises to be a cracking one.
In terms of team news, Arthur Masuaku is suspended for the game and Aaron Cresswell will deputise in the former’s absence at left-back. Michail Antonio is a long-term absentee while the game comes too soon for Winston Reid. Manuel Lanzini is the only other doubt and will undergo a late fitness test before the game.
Coming to United, Paul Pogba and Antony Martial are ruled out of the game, a big blow to Solskjaer’s plans. Luke Shaw is still not ready while Daniel James is touch and go for the weekend. Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are long-term absentees.
Head-To-Head and West Ham vs Manchester United Prediction
The Red Devils hold a healthy record over the home side, losing just twice in their last 10 meetings across all competitions. However, both the losses came at the Hammers’ home. In fact, the home side lost just once in their last 5 PL games against United, winning and drawing 2 games apiece.
The last 5 PL meetings in London produced 11 goals, with 2 goalless draws among them. West Ham games have seen 13 goals in 5 league games while United ones witnessed 12 goals in the same number of games so far.
Thus, it will be a low-scoring affair with both times finding the back of the net and the match will end in a stalemate this time around.
West Ham Predicted XI: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Wilshere; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller
Manchester United Predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Lingard, Mata, James; Rashford