Who: West Ham vs Manchester United
When: Sunday, September 22nd @ 09:00 am ET
Line: West Ham +235 | Draw +265 | Manchester United +110
Normal service resumed at Manchester United after ousting Leicester City, but the Premier League grind continues. As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side aims to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, the intimidating West Ham United lie in their path.
The London Stadium won’t be at all sympathetic to their struggles, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side desperate to get back to winning ways themselves. While United did look a much stronger unit keeping a clean-sheet against Leicester, the Hammers attack is a different beast altogether. Indeed, the colossal Sebastien Haller has taken the league by storm with three goals already, and with his creative midfielders help, could be a massive thorn in United’s quest to successive victories.
West Ham United Predicted Starting XI
Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson, Yarmolenko, Haller
West Ham have no injuries, but will miss left-back Arthur Masuaku after he was sent-off in the game against Aston Villa. Aaron Cresswell should replace him, as Pellegrini will opt an attacking lineup to take the fight to United.
Manchester United Predicted Starting XI
De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, James, Rashford, Martial
Thankfully for Manchester United, their injury crisis is closing to an end. OGS confirmed last week that Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial should return against West Ham, but Shaw is still recovering from his knock. Daniel James picked up a knock against Leicester, but should recover by Sunday.
West Ham United vs Manchester United Match Preview
Manchester United need consistency to maintain a top-four spot over rivals Arsenal & Chelsea. They’re flying high on confidence, but could come crashing down against an unpredictable side like West Ham.
Pogba and Martial’s impending returns, for me, is crucial towards a positive result, with the French duo being quintessential towards amplifying their attacking vigour. After failing to impress going forward against Leicester, OGS is quite desperate to get his side playing the fiery, attractive style which brought him popularity.
The last time they defeated West Ham at the London Stadium was in 2017. After the humiliating 3-1 romping suffered last season, United are out for blood. They’ll look to destabilize West Ham’s topsy-turvy defence with their sleek link-up play, while the Rashford-Martial-James electric combination, I think, must click to get something done.
The Hammers also possess some ruthless attacking players, but United look a side reformed defensively. Considering that David De Gea matched his clean-sheet record from last season in only five games this season, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s solid work is already being exemplified.
West Ham, meanwhile, have been big overachievers picking up 8 points despite only having expected points of 5.63. Sebastien Haller is bound to be United’s biggest threat, as the record signing from Eintracht Frankfurt’s blended in with ease.
The Frenchman’s like a cunning fox with his smart movement, while his hold-up play and physical attributes can even trouble the slab head Maguire. Moreover, the dribbling ability of Felipe Anderson mixed with the majestic playmaker Manuel Lanzini as well as the opportunistic Andriy Yarmolenko will pose big questions of United’s backline.
With sturdy England international Declan Rice protecting their backline led by summer United target Issa Diop, breaking the Hammers won’t be an easy task. United must run their socks off, take their chances and outwit the Hammers to come out on top.
West Ham away is no joke. United’s solidity could be questioned throughout with West Ham’s persistent attacks. But I think the Red Devils will weather the storm pick up a hard-fought 2-1 win.