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There are points to be proven as Manchester United face the challenge of West Ham in the English Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are setting out to back up their eye-catching derby victory away to neighbours Manchester City last weekend, a result that just about kept the EPL title race alive despite the brilliant form of Pep Guardiola’s men.
United are an optimistic 14 points away from usurping the Sky Blues, albeit with a game in hand and a puncher’s chance at glory.
The win was also essential in keeping the rest of the top four chasers at arm’s length, after three draws in the previous four had left the Old Trafford club looking over their shoulder.
Anthony Martial’s injury during the Europa League clash with AC Milan in midweek leaves Solskjaer with a headache up front, not least with Edinson Cavani already ruled out and Marcus Rashford a major doubt.
Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek look set to be absent from the midfield, too, with David de Gea expected to continue his leave of absence meaning Dean Henderson will continue in goal.
West Ham head to the north west under the charge of David Moyes, who has Red Devils to lay to rest following his miserable stint in charge of United.
His renaissance with the Hammers has taken them from relegation fodder all the way up to fifth in the Premier League table at the start of the weekend.
Better still, the Londoners are only six points behind their hosts with the previously unthinkable prospect of Uefa Champions League qualification a distinct possibility.
Loanee Jesse Lingard will be denied the change to continue his sparkling form against his parent club.
Moyes and his staff will have breathed a sigh of relief at the successful return from injury of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, not least with backup Darren Randolph crocked.
Arthur Masuaku, Angelo Ogbonna and Andriy Yarmolenko are all ruled out of the trip to Old Trafford by their respective injury woes.
Manchester United vs West Ham: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Manchester United has picked up 9 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.8 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Manchester United has scored 6 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Manchester United has enjoyed playing at home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 3 games.
- West Ham United’s defence will have to be at their best today if they’re to stop Manchester United from scoring. The home side has scored in the last 7 games in front of their own fans. They have failed to score in 3 home matches this season.
- Momentum is really building for Manchester United as they have now gone 8 games without losing. They have won 2 of the last 5 games they have played.
- Manchester United has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 2 goals during this period. Overall this season, their defence has kept a clean sheet on 11 occasions.
- Manchester United is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against West Ham United, having won 2 and drawn 3. They have scored 6 goals in those 5 games.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Manchester United recently, with the side failing to score in 2 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Manchester United has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 2 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 16/28 games for Manchester United this season.
- Coming into this game, West Ham United has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. West Ham United has scored 8 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 4 games for West Ham United ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- West Ham United has kept 3 clean sheets in the last 5 games, conceding 3 goals during this period. Overall this season, their defence has kept a clean sheet on 10 occasions.
- West Ham United will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Manchester United, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 3 and drawn 1
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for West Ham United has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 3 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 15/27 games for West Ham United this season.
- It’s likely that West Ham United will score today, as they have netted in the last 4 games coming into this one and have scored 8 goals in the last five games.
Manchester United vs West Ham: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team?s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester United vs West Ham: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: Dean Henderson, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Fred, Amad, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood.
Probable West Ham Starting XI: Lukasz Fabianski, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop, Aaron Cresswell, Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Ben Johnson, Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals.