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Man Utd vs West Ham: Premier League match preview, predicted lineups, form, quotes, injuries and how to watch
Man Utd host West Ham in the Premier League with both sides building momentum after good spells of form.
When and where to watch Man Utd vs West Ham
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Man Utd vs West Ham match preview
The Premier League weekend concludes at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as Man Utd entertain West Ham.
Both sealed comfortable wins in Europe on Thursday and have improved after poor starts to the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned with a goal against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol to help Utd register their biggest win of the season and extend their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions.
It was an impressive display after a difficult week after he was dropped for refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham.
But it was arguably 18-year-old Alejandro Garnacho who stole the show on his full debut with a breakout performance that received a standing ovation from the Old Trafford faithful.
The Spain-born Argentina international is becoming difficult to ignore and could feature from the bench on Sunday.
Erik ten Hag’s side picked up four points from their last two league games against Chelsea and Spurs and sit sixth, a point behind Newcastle in fourth.
They take on a West Ham side who maintained their 100% winning record in Europe this season with a 1-0 win over Danish visitors Silkeborg on Thursday.
The Hammers started the season with three successive defeats but are beginning to build momentum after picking up three wins in their last five league matches.
Highly rated Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd played his first competitive game for the club after recovering from an ankle injury. He will further reinforce a defence that has conceded only two goals in their last five games.
David Moyes’ side are 10th and would move into the reckoning for European places with a win. Can they spring a surprise at Old Trafford? Or will Utd have too much?
Man Utd vs West Ham predicted teams
Man Utd (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Sancho; Rashford
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Johnson, Zouma, Kehrer, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma; Scamacca
Man Utd vs West Ham: Injuries and suspensions
Raphael Varane is out until World Cup, with Harry Maguire or Victor Lindelof likely to slot in at centre-back alongside Lisandro Martinez.
Donny van de Beek, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Anthony Martial are all long-term absentees.
West Ham are monitoring defender Nayef Aguerd after he made his competitive debut on Thursday and he could feature at Old Trafford.
Form (last five matches)
Man Utd: WDWDW
West Ham: WWLDW
Man Utd vs West Ham: Form guide
Both clubs are enjoying a good run of form after stuttering starts to the season. Man Utd are unbeaten in seven in all competitions and haven’t lost since defeat to Man City at the start of the month.
West Ham have also recovered well, and they have only been beaten once in their last nine games. Successive victories in league and Europe will give them confidence ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.
He said what?!
Paul Scholes on Erik ten Hag’s handling of Cristiano Ronaldo:
“It’s been dealt with, and the manager has dealt with it really well, answering so many questions about it.
“I think it’s done now, and Cristiano has obviously gone to see him, and they've had a good meeting about it.
“The right thing has happened, he is available to play, he’s trained with them this week and it is out of the way. It is old news and now let them carry on with the game.”
Man Utd vs West Ham: Last time they met
Marcus Rashford scored the winner with virtually the last kick of the game the last time the two clubs met in January.
Ralf Rangnick’s side leapfrogged West Ham in the table after the 1-0 victory in a game of few chances at Old Trafford.
It was a result that took Utd into the top four for the first time in three months, while the Hammers dropped down to fifth.
Man Utd vs West Ham: Players to watch
All eyes will be on Cristiano Ronaldo after his goalscoring return on Thursday along with Brazil winger Antony who was accused of unnecessarily showboating against Sheriff.
Erik ten Hag will also feel justified for including Alejandro Garnacho on Thursday and the 18-year-old will be one to watch if his is selected against West Ham.
For West Ham, Nayef Aguerd could play after featuring in the Europa Conference League, although David Moyes indicated he is not ready for the Premier League.
Summer signing Gianluca Scamacca will also be looking to continue his impressive run of form since his switch from Sassuolo.
Man Utd vs West Ham: Key stats
- Man Utd have won their last four Premier League matches against West Ham, their best winning run against the Hammers since an eight-game run between 2008 and 2012.
- West Ham have picked up just three points in their last 14 Premier League visits to Man Utd (D3 L11) since their last win there in May 2007 thanks to a Carlos Tevez winner.
- West Ham have lost more away Premier League matches against Man Utd than they have versus any other side (21), while Man Utd have only won more home games against Spurs (24).
- Man Utd have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League home games (W8 D5), having lost six of their previous 13 at Old Trafford before this. They’re looking to keep three consecutive home clean sheets for the first time since June 2020 (a run of four).
- West Ham have kept just two clean sheets in their last 17 Premier League away games and have won just two of their last 14 on the road (D2 L10).