West Ham v Manchester Utd – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 22 September 2019 at 12:30pm
Not the result we wanted last time out, against a Villa side who gave as good as they got. Given the circumstances of the sending off I was not too disappointed that we managed to come away with a clean sheet and a point. Some might say the Red card was harsh and maybe it was. But It was also reckless to dive in 60 yards up the pitch. Giving Mike Dean an opportunity to shine was a mistake and he made us pay, not for the first time.
But the unbeaten run continues to and now we welcome the Red half or quarter of Manchester to the for now called London Stadium. Manchester United are usually at the top of the league but those days are long gone and they are finding living up to expectation very difficult.
Manager Solskjaer is probably feeling the pressure already as while they may be 6th in the league right now but results have been inconsistent for their standards. While they won last game out, it was their first win since the opening day of the season.
West Ham have the same amount of points as United but have not lost since the opening day and hopefully that continues tomorrow and we can get our front 3 or 4 firing like they did during the Norwich game.
Sadly I have to report that Lanzini will be missing the game due to injury and it’s unsure how long he will be missing at this point. Winston Reid is back in training but not ready for the match. Antonio is also out while Masuaku serves his suspension.
Manchester United after getting back from playing in Kazakhstan should be tired and not quite up for the game. Shaw and Martial miss the game due to injury as does Paul Pogba. Rising young star James will be a late fitness test.
Predicted Line ups :
West Ham United : Fabianski, Fredericks, Cresswell, Diop, Ogbonna, Rice, Noble, Fornals, Anderson, Yarmolenko and Haller
Manchester United : De Gea, Young, Maguire, Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Matic, McTominay, James, Mata, Greenwood and Rashford.
While playing Manchester United is never an easy game, I don’t think we should be as worried as years gone by. I would love us to take it to them as we did last year and while I don’t think we will get the same scoreline I think we will be celebrating a hard fought 2-1 win with Haller and Rice getting the goals to see us win the 3 points.