Manchester United will hope to reclaim the top spot in the Premier League table. Also, they take on West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Gameweek 5 of the 2021/22 Premier League season will culminate on Sunday. Also, with three games on show on the day. One of the two lunch-time kick-offs will take place in the capital. West Ham United will play hosts to Manchester United, in a game that could end the two teams’ unbeaten runs in the top-flight.
West Ham has been largely solid at the start of the 2021/22 season. Also, they have provided early signs that their exploits in the last term were not a fluke. While the Hammers have been held to two frustrating draws in as many games.
They remain one of five clubs that are yet to be beaten in the Premier League. Most recently, David Moyes & co. beat Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester United, on the other hand, has gone some way in proving their credentials as Premier League title contenders. Also, they have won three of their first four games to sit atop the table at the start of Gameweek 5. Although, the Red Devils come into the weekend clash against West Ham on the back of a disappointing performance. There, they have beaten 2-1 by BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League.
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David Moyes has a couple of pressing roster issues hampering his preparations ahead of the visit to Manchester United. On Saturday, the West Ham United manager will be bereft of the services of two first-team players in the worst-case scenario.
At the back, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna will form the central defensive partnership, with Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell being the two full-backs. Finally, in goal, there is no looking past Lukasz Fabianski.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Bowen, Vlasic, Fornals; Yarmolenko.
Unlike his counterpart in the West Ham United dugout, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have any fresh injury concern to deal with ahead of the trip to Old Trafford. However, the Manchester United boss will still have to make do without as many as six first-team players.
Marcus Rashford is inching his way back to returning to action after resuming training this week. In addition, the likes of Alex Telles (ankle), Phil Jones (match fitness), Scott McTominay (groin), Amad Diallo (hamstring), and Edinson Cavani (knock) all remain sidelined as well.
David de Gea is a certainty in goal for Manchester United despite the return of Dean Henderson. In front of the Spaniard, Manchester United will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Raphael Varane returning to the side to pair up with Harry Maguire at the heart of the defense. Also, in Out wide, there is no looking past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw.
Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo.
West Ham United has won two of their last six Premier League games against Manchester United (D1 L3), although they are winless in three against the Red Devils. The Hammers had won just one of their previous 19 against them in the competition (D5 L13).
West Ham has not been beaten in any of their last seven Premier League games (W4 D3), their longest run in the competition since a streak of 10 games between February and April 2016.
Manchester United is unbeaten in 28 Premier League away games, the longest ever run without defeat on the road in English league history. The Red Devils have conceded just 19 goals in this run, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process.
Since leaving Manchester United in 2014, West Ham boss David Moyes has failed to win any of his seven games against the Red Devils in all competitions (D2 L5).
Since Michail Antonio’s debut in 2015, West Ham has won 41 percent of the Premier League games in which he has started (56 of 137), compared to just 28 percent when he doesn’t (25 of 90). Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes is unbeaten in all 27 Premier League away appearances – a competition record for any player from the beginning of their career.