West Ham v Manchester United : English Premier League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 18-09-2021 11:58 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 18-09-2021 11:58 PM (1 month ago)

Date: Sunday 19th September, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
Stadium London Stadium
Referee    Martin Atkinson (England)
Goal Scorer:
Team News

West Ham
David Moyes has a couple of pressing roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of the visit of Manchester United. On Saturday, the West Ham United manager will be bereft of the services of two first-team players in the worst case scenario.

The major absentee for the hosts is Michail Antonio, who is suspended after being sent off last week against Southampton. In addition, Said Benrahma could miss out for West Ham after sustaining a knock in the midweek UEFA Europa League tie versus Dinamo Zagreb.

The potential absence of Benrahma could prompt Moyes to hand a full Premier League debut for West Ham to Nikola Vlasic, who will reprise the no. 10 role. Vlasic’s inclusion would mean Pablo Fornals will be deployed on the left flank, with Jarrod Bowen starting on the right wing. Meanwhile, in Antonio’s stead, Andriy Yarmolenko could lead the line against Manchester United.

The rest of the starting lineup pretty much picks itself, including the double pivot of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek. The central midfield duo will have the onus on them to keep things tight in the middle of the park, frustrating Manchester United’s creative duo of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba.

At the back, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna will form the central defensive partnership, with Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell being the two full-backs. Finally, in goal, there is no looking past Lukasz Fabianski.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Vlasic, Fornals; Yarmolenko

Manchester United
Unlike his counterpart in the West Ham United dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have any fresh injury concern to deal with ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. However, the Manchester United boss will still have to make do without as many as six first-team players.

Marcus Rashford is inching his way back to returning to action after resuming training this week. In addition, the likes of Alex Telles (ankle), Phil Jones (match fitness), Scott McTominay (groin), Amad Diallo (hamstring) and Edinson Cavani (knock) all remain sidelined as well.

David de Gea is a certainty in goal for Manchester United despite the return of Dean Henderson. In front of the Spaniard, Manchester United will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Raphael Varane returning to the side to pair up with Harry Maguire at the heart of the defence, Out wide, there is no looking past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.

Up ahead in midfield, Solskjaer could be well served by fielding Donny van de Beek alongside Fred in the double pivot following a promising showing against Young Boys. However, the Manchester United manager will likely give the nod to Paul Pogba, with van de Beek missing out again.

With Pogba being used in the middle of the park, Jadon Sancho will get another chance to impress, this time from the left flank, with Mason Greenwood returning on the right wing. Bruno Fernandes will reprise his usual no. 10 role, with Cristiano Ronaldo spearheading the Manchester United attack against West Ham.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo

Key Stats
West Ham United have won two of their last six Premier League games against Manchester United (D1 L3), although they are winless in three against the Red Devils. The Hammers had won just one of their previous 19 against them in the competition (D5 L13).
West Ham have not been beaten in any of their last seven Premier League games (W4 D3), their longest run in the competition since a streak of 10 games between February and April 2016.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 28 Premier League away games, the longest ever run without defeat on the road in English league history. The Red Devils have conceded just 19 goals in this run, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process.
Since leaving Manchester United in 2014, West Ham boss David Moyes has failed to win any of his seven games against the Red Devils in all competitions (D2 L5).
Since Michail Antonio’s debut in 2015, West Ham have won 41 percent of the Premier League games in which he has started (56 of 137), compared to just 28 percent when he doesn’t (25 of 90). Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes is unbeaten in all 27 Premier League away appearances – a competition record for any player from the beginning of their career.

Prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United

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