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Preview: West Ham United v Manchester United – Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Upton Park, London

Barclays Premier League 2015/16

Tuesday 10th May 2016, KO 19:45 BST Live on Sky Sports 1HD

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Simon Bennett

Fourth Official: Roger East

Manchester United face West Ham United in the last ever Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park on Tuesday evening. United have it all in their hands to earn a UEFA Champions League place after Manchester City failed to beat Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday. City have one more match to play this season, with this being United’s game in hand after their meeting with the Hammers was postponed at the end of April due to either of the club participating in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final, which was United after they beat the East London side earlier last month, also beating Everton at Wembley to earn their first FA Cup final for nine years; facing Crystal Palace. United have not had a good season, but Sunday’s result meant that United have it in their hands to make this season memorable, earning a Champions League place with two victories, then heading to Wembley on Saturday 21st May to beat Palace to lift their first major trophy since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years ago.

United are far from a completed team, but they are in some form, not losing a match in all competitions since the 3-0 capitulation at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur, who recently saw their own title race end with a draw against fallen former champions Chelsea. Imagine Pep Guardiola managing City next season in the UEFA Europa League. That is what the players needs to be thinking about heading out to play the Hammers on Tuesday evening. The thought of the great Guardiola managing a team in the secondary European competition is certainly something to savor, especially if it happens. City’s supporters deserve to suffer, especially after how they treated Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the 2-2 draw with Arsenal – they left the stadium promptly whilst the team was walking around the pitch and the Etihad was saying goodbye to the outgoing manager. There was also a trophy presentation with the U18 side receiving their title. Pathetic. Those supporters – for want of a better word should be ashamed. They did need the beat the traffic though as they all live within a one-mile radius of the Etihad, yeah right!

Manchester United can make their season so much better by beating the Hammers and Bournemouth in their last two games of the season, pipping City into fourth will be a great achievement seeing as they were the pundits and most journalists choice of champions this season – how they got that wrong! United have not lost a match in their last six, drawing one and winning five in all competitions – some of the best form they have had all season, coming just at the right time where it could mean something. The Hammers are not in great form, slumping to a 4-1 home defeat to Swansea City at the weekend, winning twice, drawing twice and losing twice in their last six matched, which includes the defeat to United in the FA Cup back in April. United have the chance to make it memorable for themselves and for the Hammers – beating them in their last home match at Upton Park – ever! What a chance to make history. Yes, this season has not excited me – I am excited by this – as I was with relegating Aston Villa and pushing Norwich City into likely relegation. United have lost three matches at Upton Park in all competitions since the Premier League era began – that is a great record and one to keep going, where it can never be changed again. Come on UNITED!

Manchester United Statistics (Domestic League):

Based on Barclays Premier League 2015/16 [statistics are taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 36 matches, won 18, drawn 9, lost 9 and currently have 63 points

Scored 44 goals (1.22 goals per match) and conceded 31 goals (0.86 goals per match)

Longest unbeaten streak is 7 matches

Clean sheets 50%

West Ham United (Domestic League):

Based on Barclays Premier League 2015/16 [statistics are taken from the Official Barclays Premier League website]

Played 36 matches, won 15, drawn 14, lost 7 and currently have 59 points

Scored 35 goals (1.69 goals per match) and conceded 61 goals (1.31 goals per match)

Longest unbeaten streak is 10 matches

Clean sheets 31%

Top Scorers (all competitions):

Manchester United: 15 – Anthony Martial, 14 – Wayne Rooney, 9 – Juan Mata, 7 – Memphis Depay, Marcus Rashford, 6 – Ander Herrera, 5 – Jesse Lingard, 5 – Own Goal, 4 – Marouane Fellaini, 2 – Daley Blind, Chris Smalling, 1 – Matteo Darmian, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger

West Ham United: 12 – Dimitri Payet, 9 – Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll, 7 – Mark Noble, 6 – Manuel Lanzini, 5 – Cheikhou Kouyaté, 4 – Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, 2 – Aaron Cresswell, Emmanuel Emenike, Victor Moses, 1 – Angelo Ogbonna, James Tomkins, Mauro Zárate

Manchester United Form: WDWWWW

Last Six Matches (all competitions): Norwich City 1-0 W, Leicester City 1-1 D, Everton 2-1 W, Crystal Palace 2-0 W, Aston Villa 1-0 W, West Ham United 2-1 W

West Ham United Form: LWWDLD

Last Six Matches (all competitions): Swansea City 4-1 L, West Bromwich Albion 3-0 W, Watford 3-1 W, Leicester City 2-2 D, Manchester United 2-1 L, Arsenal 3-3 D

Head to Head:

Played 22 matches in the Barclays Premier League, Capital One Cup and Emirates FA Cup at Upton Park, since the Premier League era began:

Manchester United: Won 9, Drawn 10, Lost 3; Goals Scored 40, Goals Conceded 30; Clean Sheets 5

West Ham United: Won 3, Drawn 10, Lost 9; Goals Scored 30, Goals Conceded 40; Clean Sheets 3

Manchester United Squad:

Manager: Louis van Gaal

Goalkeepers: 1. David De Gea, 20. Sergio Romero, 40. Joel Castro Pereira, 50. Sam Johnstone;

Defenders: 4. Phil Jones, 5. Marcos Rojo, 12. Chris Smalling, 23. Luke Shaw, 30. Guillermo Varela, 33. Paddy McNair, 36. Matteo Darmian, 37. Donald Love, 38. Axel Tuanzebe, 41. Regan Poole, 43. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 49. Joe Riley;

Midfielders: 8. Juan Mata, 11. Adnan Januzaj, 16. Michael Carrick, 17. Daley Blind, 18. Ashley Young, 21. Ander Herrera, 25. Antonio Valencia, 27. Marouane Fellaini, 28. Morgan Schneiderlin, 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger, 35. Jesse Lingard, 44. Andreas Pereira, 47. James Weir;

Strikers: 7. Memphis Depay, 9. Anthony Martial, 10. Wayne Rooney, 39. Marcus Rashford, 48. Will Keane

Doubts/Injuries: 3. Luke Shaw (broken leg), 9. Anthony Martial (hamstring), 31. Bastian Schweinsteiger (MCL knee ligament), 36. Matteo Darmian (ankle/foot), 49. Will Keane (groin) [injury details from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: 27. Marouane Fellaini (two matches) [suspensions confirmed by the FA.com]

West Ham United Squad:

Manager: Slaven Bilić

Goalkeepers: 1. Darren Randolph, 13. Adrián, 34. Raphael Spiegel;

Defenders: 2. Winston Reid, 3. Aaron Cresswell, 5. James Tomkins, 12. Carl Jenkinson, 17. Joey O’Brien, 19. James Collins, 21. Angelo Ogbonna, 22. Sam Byram, 25. Doneil Henry, 32. Reece Burke, 33. Stephen Hendrie;

Midfielders: 4. Alex Song, 8. Cheikhou Kouyaté, 14. Pedro Obiang, 16. Mark Noble, 20. Victor Moses, 27. Dimitri Payet, 28. Manuel Lansing, 30. Michail Antonio, 35. Reece Oxford;

Strikers: 9. Andy Carroll, 11. Enner Valencia, 15. Diafra Sakho, 29. Emmanuel Emenike

Doubts/Injuries: 12. Carl Jenkinson (ACL), 13. Adrián (calf muscle strain) [injury details from PhysioRoom.com]

Suspensions: None [suspensions confirmed by the FA]

Predicted Formation/Starting XI:

Score Prediction:

West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United

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