Man Utd vs West Ham Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man + Predicted Score

By on September 26, 2014

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Manchester United will look to get their season back on track when they entertain West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils have endured a difficult start to the season, winning just one of their opening six games in all competitions, with the latest defeat coming with a thrilling 5-3 loss away at Leicester last weekend.

United looked in control at 3-1 up in the game, but capitulated in the second half to throw away a two-goal lead to lose in the Premier League for the first time in their history.

The result leaves the former champions sitting 12th in the table with just five points from their opening five games so Louis van Gaal will be desperate to kick start their season with a win this weekend.

West Ham arrive at Old Trafford in the unusual position of being above United in the table, with the Londoners currently sitting eighth with seven points from their opening five fixtures.

Sam Allardyce’s side are unbeaten in their two away games so far this season following a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace and a 2-2 draw at Hull, while the Hammers secured their first victory on home soil with a 3-1 win over Liverpool last time out, so they will be hoping to build on that success tomorrow.

Team news

United have selection problems at the back with Chris Smalling being ruled out with a thigh injury that he picked up in training this week.

The Englishman is joined in the treatment room by Jonny Evans after he was forced off with an ankle injury against Leicester last weekend, and with Tyler Blackett suspended and Phil Jones still out with a hamstring strain, van Gaal has had to dip into the clubs youth system for defensive back-up.

The Dutchman has called up both Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe so he’ll have to decide which of the youngsters will partner Marcos Rojo at centre-back, with Luke Shaw coming in to make his full debut at left-back.

Michael Carrick is back in training but isn’t in contention just yet, so he joins Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini on the sidelines.

West Ham will be without midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate for the game after he picked up a groin injury against Liverpool last weekend.

Kevin Nolan is back in training but isn’t under consideration due to a lack of match fitness, so he joins Matt Javis, Joey O’Brien and Andy Carroll on the sidelines.

Likely Line-Ups

Key Man

Angel Di Maria: The Argentine has been in superb form since making his big-money move from Real Madrid and despite last weeks disappointing result, Di Maria capped off his performance with a stunning goal. West Ham will need to pay close attention to him if they are to stop a fearsome looking United attack.

Predicted Score

Man Utd 2-1 West Ham: United have their issues in defence but they still have one of the most potent attacks in the league and the Hammers have a terrible record at Old Trafford, losing 10 of their last 11 games, so we can see van Gaal picking up a vital win.

What team would you like to see start and whats your predicted score for the game?

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8 Comments

  1. Benjamin

    September 26, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    why not using Blind with Rojo?

  2. Adam akeem olorunniwo

    September 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I think we should use blind and rojo

    • Odynaks

      September 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Playing Blind and Rojo in the heart of our defence will be the best thing for winning sake.

  3. Odynaks

    September 26, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    As a die hard fan of United, i’m not happy watching my team dropping points, would love to see them bounce back against West Ham and return back to winning ways.
    My predicted lineup will be…

    De gea, Rafeal, Blind, Rojo, Shaw, Valencia, Rooney, Herrera, Di Maria, Mata, Facao.

  4. scofield

    September 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    manu dont fail me

  5. darblo

    September 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    i thaik if we win it will be a good result for us but that game is to difficult for us due to our defeance jones is out sm..line is out by the grace of god every thing will be ok for us

  6. Luol

    September 27, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Man united 2 : 0 west ham. falcao will score in this game, if the give him 90 m.

  7. Popoola Idrees Temmy

    September 27, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Man U Is Going To Lose Today Match

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