September 22, 2019
Manchester United travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United this afternoon, seeking their first away win in the Premier League this season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side is unbeaten since the opening weekend of the new season and they will be seeking to keep that record alive during this match, which will be tough for United.
United rose into the top four of the league last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Leicester City, a team which beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the second Premier League match of the weekend. West Ham has the same number of points as United, eight, but sit below United due to goal difference. United will need to be on top of their game for this match.
The Hammers have won two of their last four home matches against United, drawing once and losing once, which incidentally is the same number of wins in the other 19 home matches, two, drawing nine and losing eight times. United has scored more goals against the Hammers than any other club – 94 and has lost twice in their last 21 league matches.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to kick on this season and find a way of breaking down their opposition with little creativity. It will be a massive test for some of these players, who are starting their careers at this club. Others may end up finding it too hard in a season that could define United come May.
Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young;
Pereira, Mata, James;
Romero; Rojo, Tuanzebe; Lingard, Fred, Gomes; Chong
West Ham United:
Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell;
Yarmolenko, Noble, Fornals, Anderson;
Roberto; Balbuena, Zabaleta; Snodgrass, Sanchez, Wilshere; Ajeti
United and West Ham have met 141 times with United winning 66 times, drawing 31 times and losing 44 times. In the last 21 Premier League appearances, United has lost just twice against the Hammers, the last defeat was at the London Stadium last season, a 3-1 defeat on the 29 September 2018 with United’s only goal coming from Marcus Rashford.