Can United win against The Hammers?

Last updated: December 2, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DDWWW
Away form: DLDLW
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester United are on a good run of 10 consecutive matches without a defeat (all tournaments). In addition, The Red Devils still haven’t lost a Premier League game at ‘Old Trafford’. They have won on 4 occasions and have finished with a draw twice. Therefore, Louis van Gaal’s players are confident before the match against West Ham United.

In the last Premiership match, Manchester United drew 1-1 against Leicester at The King Power Stadium. The Red Devils should be happy with the result, because The Foxes had several great chances to score a winning goal. Even though United hardly concede goals, they have to work harder on their defensive performance, because they were lucky to concede only 2 goals in their last 6 Premiership games. However, Manchester United have great potential for their fight to win the title.

West Ham’s form dropped dramatically and The Hammers now haven’t recorded a victory in four consecutive Premiership matches. They were smashed by Tottenham 4-1 in their last visit and in the last round won just a point against West Brom at home. So, if The Hammers want to take something from ‘Old Trafford’, they will have to show a serious improvement.

Team News

It’s obvious that Darmian can’t produce the performance Valencia did, but the Italian will have to be included in the starting eleven again, because there is no other option for his position.

Ander Herrera and Phil Jones are both suffering from injuries. However, the team is playing well without them.

Payet (ankle ligament injury), Enner Valencia (ankle injury), Oxford (knock) and the goalkeeper Randolph (knee injury) are sidelined for West Ham.

Mark Noble and James Collins will return to the starting XI, after being suspended for the last match against West Bromwich Albion.

Quotes of the week

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal(Manchester United) : “In the first half, we didn’t dominate as much as we did in the second half.”

slaven bilic grinning Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “Losing Payet is a blow but we have two options: one is continue to talk about it and the other is to get together and play better even without him.”

Expected line-ups:

Man United (3-5-2): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Young, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Martial, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Wilson, Memphis.
Injured: Shaw, Herrera, Jones, Valencia.
Not available:
West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Kouyate, Zarate, Noble, Moses, Lanzini, Carroll.
Subs O’Brien, Song, Jelavic, Ogbonna, Samuelsen, Obiang, Antonio
Injured: Valencia, Sakho, Payet, Randolph, Oxford.
Not available:

Key Battle

Mata this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 1118 4 1,8 3 1 2 0
Kouyate this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1156 3 1,2 1 0 1 0

So far this season

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Manchester United this season West Ham this season
3 League Position 8
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (4)
3-0 vs. Everton and Sunderland Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (1)
0 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Tottenham
Mata (4) Top scorer Payet (5)
Mata (3) Assist Leader Cresswell, Payet (3)
Y23, R0 Discipline Y20, R4
4 Failures to score 1
8 Clean Sheets 3
5 Both Teams to Score Games 10
7 Over 2.5 Games 9
7 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • Manchester United should have no problems at home against West Ham . The Red Devils have won 40 of 54 matches at Old Trafford.
  • West Ham lost in 8 consecutive visits to Manchester United. The Hammers have conceded 127 goals in 54 away matches against United.
  • The Red Devils have kept a clean sheet in 5 of 6 matches at Old Trafford this season. Only Liverpool managed to score, but eventually United won 3-1.
  • The Hammers lost in two consecutive away Premier League matches (0-2 to Watford and 1-4 to Tottenham). On the other hand, they have won 4 of their 7 away visits this season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
08/02/15 The Premier League West Ham 1-1 Manchester United C. Kouyaté 49′
27/09/14 The Premier League Manchester United 2-1 West Ham W. Rooney 5′
22/03/14 The Premier League West Ham 0-2 Manchester United W. Rooney 8′
21/12/13 The Premier League Manchester United 3-1 West Ham D. Welbeck 26′
17/04/13 The Premier League West Ham 2-2 Manchester United Ricardo Vaz Té 17′