West Ham United vs Manchester United
On Sunday the 19th of September we have West Ham v Manchester United at the London Stadium, the Hammers will be guided by the former Red Devils manager David Moyes.
West Ham go into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw in their last Premier League game, away at Southampton, in which West Ham saw their talisman Michail Antonio get sent off after receiving a second yellow in the 95th minute for what was called a ‘stupid lunge’ by his manager David Moyes.
Despite not going back to East London with all 3 points West ham are yet to lose this season in the Premier League picking up 8 points out of a possible 12 scoring a combined total of 10 goals and conceding 5.
Manchester United travel to the capital off the back of a successful return ‘home’ for Cristiano Ronaldo in their previous Premier League fixture against Newcastle United in which they won 4-1 and saw goals from Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo (2), and Jesse Lingard. However, despite the incredible high of the 3 points, this was then followed up by a 2-1 defeat in Bern, Switzerland against Young Boys in the Champions League.
The game saw Cristiano Ronaldo put United 1-0 up after scoring his 135th Champions league goal but then shortly after Manchester United was reduced to 10 men after Aaron Wan Bisakka failed to win back the ball after a poor first touch resulting in a challenge that left the referee no other choice than to show the red card and after that, the game became a struggle for Ronaldo and co.
In stoppage time former hammers player Jesse Lingard gifted Young Boys a winning goal after failing to complete a back pass to David De Gea meaning United got off to a losing start in their Champions League campaign.
Manchester United will go to London feeling confident that they can come away with 3 points despite the disappointment in midweek.
Also, the absence of Michail Antonio for West Ham will further increase Man Utd’s belief that they can go and do a job on West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
Although in recent times Manchester United’s record when traveling to play West Ham hasn’t been the best seeing them pick up only 4 points from a possible 12 and with the London Stadium expected to be full it is not guaranteed to be an easy game for United against a West Ham side without their focal point.
West Ham’s home record this season has been one to admire picking up a total of 4 points against a Leicester City and a Crystal Palace side scoring 6 goals in the process so even though United go to East London full of confidence and with a 36-year-old phenomenon scoring goals the Hammers will fully believe that they can cause United problems and as a result can take all 3 or at least a point away from the game.
Despite the confidence that West Ham will bring to the game it won’t be as much as it would if they had Antonio available for selection, Antonio has been on fire for West Ham this season scoring 4 goals already and without him in the side, David Moyes will be left with a selection decision on who to start up top for the Hammers.
The suspension of Antonio could pave the way for an opportunity for Jarrod Bowen to lead the line for West Ham, Bowen managed to get 13 goal contributions last season consisting of 8 goals and 5 assists so if you are a West Ham fan you will be confident if Bowen is the man to step in and fill the void left by Antonio.
If it is not Bowen chosen to be the replacement David Moyes could turn to Nikola Vlasic to start the game, Vlasic was one of a number of new additions to Moyes squad during the transfer window after he arrived from CSKA Moscow for a reported fee of around 30 million.
Vlasic scored a total of 29 goals in 61 goals over a 2 year period during his time in the Russian capital and for sure definitely adds to the quality within the squad of West Ham.
Despite Moyes facing selection challenges, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to name a not much-changed side from the one that started the game against Newcastle at Old Trafford which saw Cristiano Ronaldo start the game while partnered by Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho with Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the midfield.
The only change that Ole is expected to make is the one that will Nemanja Matic drop out and see the return of Fred in his usual role in front of the back 4 but also Scott McTominay could be back and available for selection so, therefore, the role in which Matic played against Newcastle could be filled by him on his return from injury but it is more likely to be Fred due to the lack of minutes McTominay has played recently.
This game also sees the return of Jesse Lingard going back to East London but this time on the away side after being loaned to West Ham by Manchester United last season.
Lingard enjoyed his time in London and helped play an integral part in taking West Ham to the European spots in the league at the end of the season.
During his time at West Ham Lingard managed to be involved in 13 goals being made up of 9 goals and 4 assists and this isn’t even in a full season this was from January to the end of the season.
It is not clear whether Lingard’s future remains in Manchester but one thing for sure is that he will get a good reception from the West Ham fans on Sunday whether that be from the bench or at the first whistle.
With both sides coming into the game on a positive run in the Premier League many believe that it will be United’s game and they will come away victorious and, to be honest, it is hard to disagree because of the fact that West Ham’s main man and goalscorer is missing.
Also with Ronaldo looking in this devastating form you just can’t back against United.
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