West Ham vs Manchester United Preview

Manchester United aim to secure Top Four with a victory away in London to West Ham United. They have been sucked back into the Top Four race following a defeat to Brighton last time out and dropping a two goal advantage away to Spurs at the end of April. Now they are just one point away from Liverpool in fifth albeit with two games in hand. Manchester United’s fate is well within their own hands, three wins from five would secure the fourth spot but know there is the potential to progress as far as third. They will want to finish strong as they look to build momentum ahead of the first ever Manchester Derby FA Cup Final.

West Ham are well aware that they could be pulled back into the relegation battle following three defeats in a row. They sit just four points from the relegation zone and results could sway against them and drag them ever closer. It is not a position David Moyes is unfamiliar with and one he has the experience to navigate out of. However, the Hammers have got a crucial semi-final against AZ Alkmaar that they may have one eye on and crucial games against Leeds and Leicester to come. They will have to be careful about how they manage this fixture list.

Here’s all you need to know:

West Ham vs Manchester United Match Information:

Teams: West Ham United and Manchester United
Date: Sunday 7th May 2023
KO Time: 19:00 GMT
Location: The Olympic Stadium
Managers: David Moyes and Erik ten Hag
Referee: Peter Bankes

Manchester United Team News vs West Ham

Erik ten Hag has confirmed that the squad that faced Brighton is likely to be the same that travels to the Olympic Stadium. Alejandro Garnacho may be the only addition as he recovers from an injury suffered against Southampton. Raphael Varane is striving to return for next Saturday while Martinez and van de Beek are out for the season. McTominay’s return date is worryingly unknown.

Interesting Facts:

  • Manchester United have won back-to-back games away to West Ham but they are United’s only wins in their last five games against the Hammers.
  • Anthony Martial has 11 goal contributions in 15 games against West Ham. He has only contributed more against Everton (12 G/A).
  • Bruno Fernandes is set to make his 120th Premier League appearance. He has 74 G/A in his three years at the club.

Predicted XI:

Erik ten Hag ought to make a few changes after his side were dominated against Brighton and aim to assert more control against West Ham. Harry Maguire should come back into the side to deal with the aerial threats of Antonio, Soucek and Rice. Wan-Bissaka should probably start to contain the threat of Benrahma on the counter with Shaw returning to left back. Casemiro had a torrid time playing out against Brighton but is certain to start along with Bruno Fernandes. I would expect a return for Christian Eriksen as Fred, while impressive off the ball, was frustrating on it.

In attack, I would probably keep the same trio as in the first half there were bright sparks. Despite the poor finishing, it looked like a dangerous attacking three. Sancho may get a chance with Martial the candidate to be dropped but I don’t expect it will happen.

Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Casemiro, Eriksen; Antony, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Predicted Score:

I think United could dominate against West Ham. They have lost three games in a row and have a lot of mitigating factors that lowers their chances. Illnesses, fixture pile-up, a semi-final on Thursday, it could be a big chance for United to snatch an advantage. I expect United to win with an eventually comfortable scoreline but not without making it tough for themselves first!

United to win 1-3

Author: Arjun Handa

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