PL Match Preview : Manchester United vs West Ham

Jose Mourinho recorded his biggest managerial win in exactly 12 months when Manchester United thrashed Feyenoord 4-0 on Thursday but his side must now transfer that form into the Premier League where it really counts.

West Ham are in an awful place and should really be there for the taking for United on Sunday. However, Slaven Bilic’s side have a good recent record against United and most notably beat them 3-2 in their last ever game at Upton Park last season.

How their fans wish they were still playing there and not at the London Stadium.

United have only won one of their last six league matches and need to get back to winning ways in order to avoid losing further ground on their title rivals. They are already nine points behind Chelsea and cannot afford to lose more points.

The last two matches between these two sides at Old Trafford have ended in draws, but United really have to put West Ham to the sword this weekend. Only Hull (27) have conceded more goals than the Hammers in the Premier League this season and United should be looking to inflict further misery on Bilic here.

Team News

Manchester United – Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to the side after missing their 1-1 draw with Arsenal last weekend through suspension, but Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly are still sidelined through injury.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has given Jose Mourinho a real headache after flourishing in Thursday’s Europa League thumping of Feyenoord and the Armenia international will be hoping to start again on Sunday.

Michael Carrick has undoubtedly brought the best out of Paul Pogba when deployed alongisde the world’s most expensive player, but a start on Sunday would mean he has started three games in the space of seven days.

This would seem a big ask of a 35-year–old that had only started three games all season up until the start of this month. As a result, Maraoune Fellaini could be drafted back into the starting XI, having started in four of United’s last five encounters with West Ham, missing the other match through suspension.

Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Mateo Darmian are in competition to start at left-back, though Blind could get the nod. David de Gea was given a rare day off in their 4-0 win over Feyenoord on Thursday but will return to the starting XI.

West Ham – West Ham can welcome back captain Mark Noble from suspension but now lose their best defender, Winston Reid, after he was sent off right at the end of their dramatic 3-2 defeat to Tottenham last weekend. James Collins could deputise in his absence.

Darren Randolph was a surprise starter against Tottenham but it remains to be seen whether Slaven Bilic will maintain with the Ireland international after he committed an error that led to Spurs comeback win.

Diafra Sakho made his first appearance of the season against Tottenham to provide needed competition up front. Noble’s return to midfield could force him back out the team, with Manuel Lanzini moved further forward and Andre Ayew tasked with leading the line.

Andy Carroll has returned to training and could make the matchday squad with a view to making his first appearance since August.

Match Facts

Man Utd have drawn their last 3 home matches in Premier League.

Man Utd have been drawing at both half time and full time in their last 3 home Premier League matches.

West Ham have lost 6 of their last 7 away matches (Premier League).

Man Utd are undefeated in their last 10 home matches against West Ham in all competitions.

West Ham have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches (Premier League).

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Man Utd’s last 3home games (Premier League).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post has Manchester United 1.40 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while West Ham has 7.61 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 4.52

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