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Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford in the Premier League this Saturday as they continue their push for a top-four finish.
The Red Devils have been resurgent since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout, with the side’s improved form lifting them back into contention for the Champions League places. When the Norwegian was handed the job on an interim basis the club sat a distant 11 points behind fourth place, but he has since helped reduce the gap to just three.
Though United have lost two of their last three fixtures in the competition, the work Solskjaer has done to give the team a fighting chance should not be underestimated. Opponents West Ham were a mere two points behind the Old Trafford side when he arrived, with the gap now expanded to 19.
The Hammers’ campaign has been characterized by inconsistency, with the club recording excellent home victories against Chelsea, Arsenal, and United earlier in the year whilst also frustrating supporters with some dire showings, including a 4-2 FA Cup defeat at relegation-threatened League One outfit AFC Wimbledon. They currently sit in 11th, five points off of Leicester City in the final Europa League qualification place.
The hosts will be without defensive trio Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia for the meeting with West Ham. The Ivorian has a concussion, whilst his counterparts both have muscular injuries.
The Red Devils will also likely be deprived of central-midfielders Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, who have a strained hamstring and a knock respectively. Long-term absentee Alexis Sanchez continues to recover from knee ligament damage.
Left-back options Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are both suspended for the clash. The former picked up his tenth yellow card of the Premier League season against Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, the same match in which Young was dismissed for two bookable offenses.
The Hammers are equally plagued by injuries, with Jack Wilshere, Michail Antonio and Samir Nasri amongst those who are set to miss the game at Old Trafford. The latter pair are both hampered by ankle issues, whilst Wilshere is lacking match fitness.
Andy Carroll is sidelined due to an issue with his foot and Andriy Yarmolenko continues rehabilitation for his Achilles problem. Winston Reid and Carlos Sanchez have serious knee injuries, with the New Zealander expected to miss the remainder of the campaign.
|Manchester United||De Gea; Dalot, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo; McTominay, Pogba, Fred; Lingard, Rashford, Lukaku.|
|West Ham United||Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Rice, Obiang, Anderson; Arnautovic, Perez.|
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United
I expect Man United to win this one. They’ll do well to turn their Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona around at the Nou Camp, so they’ve got to fight to get into the top four now.
This is a ‘must win’ game for them. They’ve got to get this game won and then focus on that Barcelona second leg. West Ham have flip-flopped and they can’t really go anywhere.
Match Information, TV Channel and Live Streaming Details
Match: Manchester United vs West Ham United
Date: Saturday 13th April 2019
Start time: 17:00 PM GMT
Stadium: Old Trafford, UK
Stadium Capacity: 76,000
Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Manchester M16 0RA, UK
What TV Channel: BT Sport Live, BT Sport 1, TalkSport Radio UK, BT Sport 4K UHD (UK) NBC Sports Gold (USA)
Online Live Streaming: Football, Futebol, Futbol, Soccer, foot.
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