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Preview: Manchester United to continue resurgence against the Hammers

London Stadium, London

Premier League 2016/17

Monday 2nd January 2017 – KO 17:15 [Live on Sky Sports]

Referee: Mike Dean

Assistant Referees: Simon Long and Adrian Holmes

Fourth Official: Paul Tierney

Manchester United face West Ham United for the third time this season, but the first time at the London Stadium. United drew 1-1 with Slaven Bilic’s side just over a month ago in the Premier League, facing them again just three days later in the EFL Cup, with United romping to a 4-1 victory with a great performance, which should really have been in the bag three days previously. United’s display against Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve will show their rivals what they are made of and how determined they are to make this season a success ensuring they earn a UEFA Champions League place for next season.

Jose Mourinho has a near enough full squad to travel to London but Eric Bailly will miss the match and the rest of January and possible some of February’s fixtures to meet with the Ivory Coast squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations. Mourinho said;

“Bailly is leaving – he goes to the national team. He has to be with them on 2 January. We asked them for him to be on 3 January but they refused, so he cannot play against West Ham.

“I know that I lose Bailly for a month and I’m going to have Smalling, Rojo and Jones for, I think, eight matches. So I decided to play Eric [against Middlesbrough] and it was good to have him on the pitch because, one-on-one at the back, he’s the best because he’s very fast.”

Mourinho also gave a heads up on the rest of his squad with Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, who both missed the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve, the Portuguese manager said:

“[Wayne] Rooney has a little chance and Michael [Carrick] has a bigger chance than Rooney. Let’s see how he is tomorrow.

“I’m really happy with Fellaini and the way he played. I’m really happy with his connection with the fans. I think they realised how useful he is and how much he is with the team.”

Manchester United Form: WWWWW

Middlesbrough 2-1 W, Sunderland 3-1 W, West Bromwich Albion 2-0 W, Crystal Palace 2-1 W, Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 W

Manchester United are in resurgent form at this stage of the season. Twelve matches unbeaten in all competitions, a five match winning streak in the Premier League, which currently puts United in a great position, despite still sitting in sixth place at this stage of the season. Tottenham Hotspur, who still need to play their 19th match of the season are level on points with United, with Manchester City just three points ahead after their defeat to Liverpool on New Year’s Eve. Jose Mourinho’s could be about to expose Pep Guardiola’s over-praised side who just do not have any cutting edge at this point in the season.

West Ham United Form: LWWWD

Leicester City 1-0 L, Swansea City 4-1 W, Hull City 1-0 W, Burnley 1-0 W, Liverpool 2-2 D

West Ham United had a disastrous start to the season, but their recent form has seen them finish a bit stronger. The Hammers have won their last two matches at home, but to United that won’t mean all that much as they look to continue their good form into 2017 which has seen them play catch up with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester City. Slaven Bilic will be up for beating United, but I just don’t think he will be able to do anything to stop their resurgence at this stage of the season.

Manchester United Top Scorers:

17 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 6 – Paul Pogba, 5 – Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, 4 – Marcus Rashford, 3 – Jesse Lingard, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wayne Rooney, 1 – Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Own Goal, Ander Herrera, Chris Smalling

West Ham United Top Scorers:

8 – Michail Antonio, 3 – Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet, 2 – Andy Carroll, Mark Noble, Winston Reid, 1 – André Ayew, James Collins, Edimilson Fernandes, Ashley Fletcher, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Diafra Sakho

Manchester United Squad;

Manager: Jose Mourinho

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Sam Johnstone

Defenders: Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Axel Tuanzebe

Midfielders: Paul Pogba, Memphis Depay, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin

Forwards: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Injuries and Suspensions: Luke Shaw (groin), Wayne Rooney (thigh), Michael Carrick (illness)

West Ham United Squad:

Manager: Slaven Bilic

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Adrián, Raphael Spiegel

Defenders: Winston Reid, Aaron Cresswell, Álvaro Arbeloa, James Collins, Angelo Ogbonna, Sam Byram, Doneil Henry, Arthur Masuaku, Reece Oxford, Declan Rice

Midfielders: Håvard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Manuel Lanzini, Pedro Obiang, Mark Noble, Gökhan Töre, Dimitri Payet, Michail Antonio, Domingos Quina, Djair Parfitt-Williams, Marcus Browne, Moses Makasi

Forwards: Andy Carroll, Simone Zaza, Diafra Sakho, André Ayew, Ashley Fletcher, Jonathan Calleri, Antonio Martinez

Injuries and Suspensions: Reece Oxford (ankle), Álvaro Arbeloa (leg), Sam Byram (hamstring), James Collins (hamstring), Gökhan Töre (knee), Arthur Masuaku (knee), Simone Zaza (knee), Diafra Sakho (back), Mark Noble (knee)

Predicted Starting XI:

Predicted Score:

West Ham United 1-2 Manchester United

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