Let’s review the team news and updates as Manchester United travel to the London Stadium on Sunday for their Premier League game against West Ham United. This fixture will be the third meet-up between these two sides in the ongoing campaign.
The Red Devils face a shortage of options in central defence while seeking a third win of the season against David Moyes’ side. Both Manchester United and West Ham will face off in a crucial league clash on Sunday, with each team seeking points for entirely different reasons.
Currently sitting in fourth-place in the Premier League table, Erik ten Hag’s side hold a narrow four-point lead over fifth-placed Liverpool, despite having played a match less. On the other hand, the Hammers sit in fifteenth place, just four points above the relegation zone.
During the Hammers’ recent defeat against Crystal Palace, Kurt Zouma picked up an ankle injury while trying to block a shot and had to be substituted in the first half. Manager David Moyes has indicated that the centre-back may be sidelined for a couple of weeks.
Apart from Zouma, Vladimir Coufal will also miss the upcoming game due to a hamstring injury, while Gianluca Scamacca is unavailable for selection as he recovers from knee surgery. However, West Ham have no other absentees and are optimistic about having Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, and Nayef Aguerd back in the starting lineup after they missed the last game due to illness.
Meanwhile, United’s injury situation remains unchanged with Donny van de Beek, Alejandro Garnacho, Tom Heaton, and Phil Jones still unavailable. Lisandro Martinez is also out due to an ankle injury, while Raphael Varane is nursing a foot injury.
In defence, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof are expected to start, with Harry Maguire likely to remain on the bench. Erik ten Hag is expected to make changes to the team that started against Brighton in mid-week, with Jadon Sancho and Christian Eriksen in contention for a place in the XI.
Player To Watch Out For – Lucas Paqueta
One of Paqueta’s most notable skills is his dribbling ability. He has an excellent touch and is able to keep the ball close to his feet even when under pressure from opposing players. This allows him to weave his way past defenders and create opportunities for himself and his teammate.
In addition to his dribbling skills, the Brazilian is also a skilled passer. He has an excellent vision and is able to pick out his teammates with pinpoint accuracy, even from long distances. This makes him a valuable asset in the midfield, where he is able to control the pace of the game and create scoring chances for his team.
The 25-year-old is also a strong shooter, with a powerful and accurate shot. He is not afraid to take risks and is always looking for opportunities to score from both inside and outside the box. This makes him a threat to opposing defenses, as they must always be on guard against his shooting ability.
Finally, Lucas Paqueta is known for his versatility on the pitch. He is comfortable playing in a number of different positions, including as an attacking midfielder, a winger, or even as a forward. This allows his coaches to use him in a variety of different ways, depending on the needs of the team.
West Ham Form:
Manchester United Form:
Manchester United Probable Line-up (4-2-3-1):
David de Gea (GK); Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB), Victor Lindelof (CB), Luke Shaw (CB), Diogo Dalot (LB); Casemiro (CM), Bruno Fernandes (CM); Antony (RW), Marcel Sabitzer (LW), Christian Eriksen (CAM); Marcus Rashford (ST).
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West Ham 0-1 Manchester United
West Ham United could find themselves struggling to breach the defence of this Manchester United side which will get the win and maybe even keep a clean sheet as well after failing so against the Sea Gulls on Thursday. United have not lost to the Hammers in the Premier League since September 2019, winning seven of their last eight games in all competitions.
The Red Devils have struggled to play their best football on the road this season, but this has not been the case for David Moyes’ side due to poor form this campaign, and we are tipping Ten Hag’s side to navigate their way to a huge three points this weekend.
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