MANCHESTER UNITED vs WEST HAM – PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE!
- West Ham have not won an away league game since December 27
- United have not won any of the last four league games that immediately followed a Champions League match
- West Ham have scored only one goal in their last seven away matches
- Paul Pogba needs one more assist to become the second Frenchman to reach double figures for both goals and assists in a Premier League season
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Dalot, Fred, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku
West Ham XI: Fabianski, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Anderson, Hernandez
Team News – Manchester United
16:35: Plenty of changes from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for today’s visit of West Ham. Five to be precise.
Marcus Rashford is name among the substitutes with Marcos Rojo and Diogo Dalot as full-backs with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw suspended.
Phil Jones, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard are included in the starting XI.
Scott McTominay drops to the bench, which suggests he’ll start against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
16:30: And here come the line-ups. Barcelona changed their entire side for today’s clash with Huesca. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t have that same luxury.
Manchester United XI: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Dalot, Fred, Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Martial, Lukaku.
Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Rashford, Pereira, Darmian, McTominay, Greenwood.
West Ham XI: Fabianski, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Anderson, Hernandez.
Subs: Adrian, Obiang, Diop, Fredericks, Antonio, Holland, Diangana.
Can United put wobble behind them?
16:25: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a superb job since taking the Manchester United reins on a temporary basis in December, but the man recently named permanent manager could really do with a shot in the arm.
Wednesday’s 1-0 home loss to Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first leg was not too disheartening and keeps their hopes alive ahead of the return fixture at the Nou Camp – but it was their fourth loss in five matches.
Defeats at Wolves in the league and FA Cup compounded the loss at top-four rivals Arsenal, meaning they desperately need to beat West Ham in Saturday’s late kick-off to get things back on track.
They cannot afford to let the four-point gap to the Champions League spots grow.
16:20: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League.
Everyone enjoying their Saturday? We’re at Old Trafford this afternoon to see whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United can get a win on the board.
The Red Devils have lost four of their last five games with that sole victory coming against Watford in March.
Fortunately for United – West Ham haven’t been much better.
Manuel Pellegrini were brushed aside by Everton before being subjected to an Eden Hazard masterclass on Monday night.
The battle of two out-of-form sides? Probably wouldn’t be a good tagline on a billboard. Let’s get started!
Man Utd vs West Ham LIVE: Premier League score, goals and updates
MANCHESTER UNITED vs WEST HAM
Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera are absent for Manchester United. Full-backs Shaw and Young are suspended, while a muscle injury means midfielder Herrera remains sidelined. Nemanja Matic is a doubt through illness, while Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia are set to be absent again. Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are available.
Michail Antonio returns to the Hammers squad for the trip to Old Trafford but Samir Nasri is ruled out. Winger Antonio is fit after missing Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea with an ankle knock. Midfielder Nasri has a calf problem and joins Andy Carroll, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Winston Reid on the sidelines.
Last season: West Ham 0 Man Utd 0, Man Utd 4 West Ham 0
Last five league matches: Man Utd W W L W L; West Ham W L W L L
Top scorers (all competitions): Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) 15; Felipe Anderson (West Ham) 9
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)