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Confirmed Starting XI: Shaw back in the team; Sanchez leads the line

Manchester United face West Ham United in the Premier League this evening, the penultimate match in the league this season. United last played on Friday evening, an away match against Brighton and Hove Albion which they lost 1-0. Winning this match will secure United in second place in the Premier League this season, their highest ever finish post-Sir Alex Ferguson. United had already qualified for the UEFA Champions League next season following their victory over Arsenal.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Lindelof, Smalling, Jones;

Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw;

Lingard, Pogba;

Sanchez

Substitutes:

Romero; Bailly, Blind, Young; Mata; Martial Rashford

United have one more league match, against Watford this season, which will be played at Old Trafford with five full days rest ahead of the Emirates FA Cup final, in which Jose Mourinho’s side will go head to head with his former club, Chelsea, at Wembley to contest the historic domestic trophy in which United could win the trophy for the 13th time, level with Arsenal, who won the trophy last season.

Mourinho on a difficult match, but he had ammunition on the bench

Manchester United beat West Ham United in their first ever match against the side in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Monday evening. It was the third time both teams had met this season, drawing 1-1 in the league at Old Trafford and with United winning 4-1 in the EFL Cup, earning a semi-final place against Hull City, in which they face in a weeks time at Old Trafford in trio of matches at home in which they face Reading in the Emirates FA Cup, Hull and then Liverpool in the league. United benefited from Liverpool dropping two points in the league against Sunderland in a 2-2 draw, which sees the Merseyside club just five points ahead of United, having to visit the Theatre of Dreams in just under a fortnight, which could see United go within three points of Jurgen Klopps resurgent side, who are apparently streets ahead of United this season.

Jose Mourinho congratulates everyone for a hard-fought victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium:

“Congratulations to everyone on the pitch because I realise that it’s really hard. I was a bit disappointed with some mistakes, with some bad decisions, but that is typical of fatigue and there are no miracles. And for them with 10 men for a long period is even more difficult. With 11 it’s difficult, with 10 it’s more difficult. For us, it was a question of keeping a clean sheet which we did because David made a very important save from Antonio. And it was a question of moving the ball, try to find spaces and accelerating the game. So we did okay. It was not a phenomenal match but the circumstances are really difficult so again, congratulations to everyone.”

Mourinho on having ammunition on the bench in the form of Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata, a due which combined to put Manchester United ahead:

“It was a difficult match but I had ammunition on the bench. I had Mata and Rashford, who were crucial in both matches when coming off the bench. In these fixtures it is very important to have people on the bench, capable of winning the game. I had a feeling to start Mata and Rashford today, but I think it is better for them to come from the bench when everyone is dying and the decision was proven right.”

Mourinho on his team playing against a tired defence:

“Nordtveit played for 90 minutes against Leicester City and today he played for 60 minutes against Mkhitaryan and Lingard, with lots of running. He was in front of me in the first half and it was a big effort for the boy. Slaven [Bilic] had no more defenders on the bench. He just had attacking players on the bench. So I thought Rashford could make a difference, not through the middle this time but coming from the side.”

Mourinho on the vital contribution of David De Gea in denying West Ham from getting anything from the match:

“It was a crucial save. To be honest, we had a big chance in the first half but they had a good shot, Antonio went face to face with David. It was very important. They also had Carroll on the bench and I know that when they were losing, he was coming for sure. In this moment I felt it was time for a proper centre defender and time to bring Smalling into the game.”

Mourinho on the unexpected result for Liverpool against Sunderland, where the away side played the penalty twice:

“What was the Liverpool result? [Interviewer: “2-2.”] I didn’t know it was 2-2. So we have gained two points on Liverpool. I was thinking about Chelsea and Tottenham [playing on Tuesday], because one of them will lose or both will get the draw. But also Liverpool, so we have gained points on the second-placed team and we play them at Old Trafford. If we play with 75,000 then we can win.”

Juan Mata speaking about Manchester United’s luck against West Ham United and scoring the opening goal, assisted by Marcus Rashford in the 63rd minute of the match:

“It was looking like one of those tough games where you get chances but just cannot score. But thankfully I was able to get on the end of Marcus’s pass and then we added another goal [from Ibrahimovic] so we are happy to get the three points.”

Marcus Rashford on doing exactly what he was told to do by assisting Juan Mata for the opening goal after a superb solo run”

“The manager just told me to stay wide and do my best to isolate the full-back. As soon as I lifted up my head I could see Juan in acres of space on the edge of the box and thankfully he finished it off really well.”

Rashford on Manchester United’s sixth win in a row in the Premier League, seven on the bounce in all competitions and the 13 match unbeaten run:

“It’s very tight at the top. There’s not much space between second and sixth place now. We feel confident and we know we just need to keep going game by game to keep up the pressure on the teams above us.”

Manchester United have a busy time ahead of them this January with them having to play in two domestic cup competitions against Reading (FA Cup) and Hull City (EFL Cup), then face Liverpool at Old Trafford in the league before travelling to the Britannia to face Stoke City in the league, just before travelling to Hull to play the second leg of the semi-final of the EFL Cup, a matter of days before facing the team again at Old Trafford in the league at the start of next month. The is a possibility of another FA Cup match in January, should United get through Reading, which is what they will be expected to do in order to retain their FA Cup trophy this season, which Arsenal had done over the previous two seasons.

What We Learned: Juan Mata fits Manchester United like a glove to a hand

Manchester United won their sixth match in a row in the Premier league for the first time this season after beating West Ham United 2-0 at the London Stadium. Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the two goals that did the business for Jose Mourinho’s side, with Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera assisting, respectively. Rashford’s introduction changed the game with his face and ability on the ball, also the fact that nothing seemed to faze him. United now have a team capable of grinding out the results needed which has seen them claw back a massive deficit from the teams above them. Chelsea might be out of reach, for now at least, but Liverpool in second place are just five points ahead of United, who still sit in sixth place. United’s next match in the league is against Liverpool, which could change that again. Manchester City is three points ahead of United and they have the magnificent Pep Guardiola to thank for that, he is a genius after all, not a bald fraud, obviously.

Paul Pogba is a massive talent

For months now the ABU’s (Anyone But United fan base) have been criticising Manchester United’s world record purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus, just four years after he left with just a compensation payment payable to the Old Trafford club. Many had him written off before he even made his second debut at the club, and after a tough start, things are fitting into place for the Frenchman. Pogba has been playing well for United for weeks now, dominating matches in midfield and providing some great balls for his teammates. His winning goal against Middlesbrough showed what he can do in and outside of the box, adding more to his talent. Pogba is a great fit for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. He has got the Frenchman playing brilliant football and seems to know just how far he can go in the game. The Ballon d’Or maybe something he either will or won’t win at some point, but with many suggesting he won’t because he is not a player that scores goals, which seems to be the most important attribute when picking the winner. There is more to football than scoring goals. Players like Pogba are the ones in the background making the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as prolific as they are, as with all due respect, they don’t do it all alone, like some think they do.

Juan Mata has scored nearly as many goals as Wayne Rooney since he signed in 2014!

Since Juan Mata signed for Manchester United during the January transfer window in 2014 he has scored 25 goals for United in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney is the top scorer in the league for United during the same period, scoring just four goals more than the Spanish midfielder. That raises some questions about Rooney, who was once the prolific striker at United, but has since lost his place as the main striker to a player five years his senior, who is fitter, more capable and a much better fit for United. Mata was a player tipped to leave United in the summer after Mourinho’s arrival at the club, but time and time against he has proved himself as a player fit for United and Mourinho as he seems to get things moving. Against Middlesbrough, he was determined to get United ahead from the moment he came onto the pitch, again against West Ham that happened, with him finding the first goal of the match with Marcus Rashford providing the assist. Mata is a player needed at the club, be may be a substitute on occasion, but he will start matches too. Mata still has a lot to offer for United and has become a player that fits in with his teammates and is well-respected by them and more importantly the manager.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still past it

That comment makes me laugh. Many had the Swedish striker written off before he even wore the famous Manchester United shirt for the first time, but he scored a great goal in that match, the friendly against Galatasaray. Zlatan has scored 18 goals this season, four of those against the same club – West Ham United. He could have scored 19 at this time if that perfect goal he scored against Middlesbrough was not disallowed, but his goal today, which was offside made up for that one being ruled out. At 35 and playing in the competitive Premier League, to make the mark he has done shows that his last four years in Paris might have been wasted as a top league would have been a better challenge for him, but he continued in his success winning title after title and trophy after trophy also scoring goals galore. It will be funny for the ABU fans and media to keep writing United and Zlatan off, but the punchline will be hilarious – Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will keep those coming.

Jose Mourinho has worked miracles after being fired by fans earlier in the season

Cast your mind back to the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League, the last defeat for United in the league, and there has only been one other defeat since then, to Fenerbahçe in the UEFA Europa League, Mourinho was being slated by some so-called supporters for being out of his depth at United. One defeat and everything changes with the fickle fans. Yes, a defeat is not great, but sacking the manager because of that is not what is needed. United do need to sack some fans, though. Mourinho has done a magnificent job at United this season, bringing in four talented players, getting a team playing to his strengths as a manager and getting the results needed to ensure United do not have another season watching others challenge again. Chelsea may be a long way off yet, with them being ten points ahead of United and with a game in hand, but anything can happen this season, which is why the #MourinhoOut brigade seems to have shut up shop, for now at least.

Ratings: De Gea, Pogba, Zlatan, Mata and Rashford punish the Hammers

Manchester United beat West Ham United 2-0 in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Monday evening. Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the goals for United but is was Marcus Rashford who changed the game with his unfazed nature of play using his pace to get forward and create for his team. It was his assist for Mata which put United ahead against the Hammers. Ibrahimovic’s 18th goal of the season was the cushion United needed to ensure all three points went back to Manchester this evening. United have been playing some brilliant football recently, extending their unbeaten run to thirteen matches, winning their last six in the Premier League.

To think back to that Chelsea defeat back in October, the last time many supporters were calling for Jose Mourinho to be sacked, makes me laugh. Just where are these people right now. If you know one, you should check that they are alright! United have a break from the Premier League now facing Reading in the Emirates FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday, then facing Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg the Tuesday after, again at Old Trafford before getting back to action in the Premier League against Liverpool, again at the Theatre of Dreams. After Liverpool dropped points away to Sunderland on Monday afternoon, getting three points against the side that are just five points ahead of them in second place so far this season, but are the better team. apparently, will be a great rustle. That would not be their fault, though. Come on UNITED!

Goals: Juan Mata 63′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 78′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 63′, Ander Herrera 78′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian (Mata 46′); Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan (Smalling 65′), Pogba, Lingard (Rashford 58′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Martial, Young, Fellaini

Bookings: Matteo Darmian 42′, Antonio Valencia 76′

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

The Spaniard had little to do for large spells of the match, making two saves in the first half, largely untroubled. Kept United in the match in the second half, which helped gain something from the match after United scored twice. Great clean sheet, well deserved.

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25 Antonio Valencia

Attacked well from the right-back position. Saw a shot denied by Randolph. Resurgent display recently, which is good to see.

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4 Phil Jones

Was the brunt of a lot of abuse from Hammers fans for a challenge on him by Feghouli, which saw the Hammer red carded. Was fine to play on and do his bit. Helped United to victory.

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16 Marcos Rojo

When paired with Jones, Rojo is a great player. He did what he needed to do against West Ham.

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Matteo Darmian

Had a poor first half leaving himself with a lot to do in order to regain a place in the squad. Was replaced by Mata at the start of the second half.

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16 Michael Carrick

A massive reason why United won against West Ham. Played well in the positions he played in. Going to be a sad day when he hangs up his boots.

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21 Ander Herrera

The Spaniard worked hard and had an energetic game against the Hammers. Played the assist for Ibrahimovic's goal.

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14 Jesse Lingard

Played alright at times but his crossing let him down. He has pace and looks good at times, but needs to find a way to become consistent when called upon. Decent squad option though. Replaced by Rashford.

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6 Paul Pogba

Had a physical presence to the midfield. Makes me laugh when people ask what he does, it's like they never watch him play. Best midfield option out there right now. Helped control the game. The Arsenal fans will think they have a better player in their team, bless them.

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22 Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Not the best of games for the Armenian, who suffered an early knock and was replaced in the 65th minute.

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10 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Scored his 12th Premier League goal, his 18th of the season. May wrote him off. Class player and still has so much more to give. Will be looking to keep his place against Reading on Saturday.

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Substitutes

8 Juan Mata

Replaced Darmian. Got a goal within 20 minute of his introduction. Determined to get something from the match, as he was against Middlesbrough. Got what he wanted, another goal for his club.

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10 Marcus Rashford

Replaced Lingard. Had a massive impact in the game after replacing Lingard. Assisted for Mata's opening goal and also provided some good crosses. His pace and unfazed attitude prevailed with United leaving London with three points. Class

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Chris Smalling

Replaced Mkhitaryan. Came on to help quell the onslaught with Carroll expected to come on. Despite being out of sorts and not the player he was last season, did what was expected.

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Report: Mata and Zlatan then men as Manchester United silence the Hammers

Manchester United beat West Ham United 2-0 in the first meeting between the two sides at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Monday evening. A red card for Sofiane Feghouli was a big blow for the home side, but Juan Mata took the lead for United  in the 63rd minute of the match with Zlatan Ibrahimovic scoring his 18th goal of the season in the 78th minute making it six wins in a row for Jose Mourinho’s who are on a thirteen match unbeaten run at this stage of the season. Onwards and upwards.

Jose Mourinho made five changes to his side which beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve with Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo replacing Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly, Matteo Darmian replacing Daley Blind, Michael Carrick replacing Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard replacing Anthony Martial. United will be looking to earn a sixth win in the Premier League in a row against the Hammers, closing the gap with the teams above them who have already played on Monday afternoon. United started the match well, cool and calm in possession looking for a way to take the lead, which is what will be expected.

The Hammers could have had something from the match early on with United closing down Dimitri Payet, which allowed Manuel Lanzini to get a shot on goal, which was off target, but saved by David De Gea, who made his 250th appearance for United, giving a corner to the home side, which amounted to nothing. In the 15th minute of the match, Sofiane Feghouli was sent off for a challenge on Phil Jones, which was unfair, but United don’t make the decisions, the referee does. Moments later, Jesse Lingard dispossessed Cheikhou Kouyaté, who went down on the challenge, which was fair with Lingard winning the ball.

United had been on top of the Hammers for much of the half, but the home side had registered more chances on goal, despite them not really being all that threatening to make a difference in the match. The red card changed the course of the match. With ten minutes to go before the end of the first half, United got their first attempt on goal, which was another great save by Darren Randolph and United were a fraction of a millimetre away from scoring. United were the team in the majority of possession on the ball with the Hammers doing all they could to stop United from taking the lead, but there was plenty of time before the end of the half.

In the 42nd minute of the match, Matteo Darmian was booked for a challenge on Michail Antonio, which may have been harsh, but will stand. United were still playing well, despite registering the least chances in the match. De Gea made another top save to deny the Hammers from scoring in the latter minutes of the half. United needed to find their momentum and Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini were told to warm up in the dying minutes of the half with the manager looking at changes to make to make his team better in the second half. It was all level at the end of the half with all left to play for.

At the start of the second half, Juan Mata replaced Darmian with Michael Carrick playing as a central defender and Marcos Rojo playing at left-back for the remainder of the match. Within five minutes of the half, United were playing well again. Angelo Ogbonna was lucky to stay on the pitch after a challenge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, earning a yellow card and United a free-kick, which amounted to nothing. United then gave away a free-kick in their own final third, with the Hammers pressuring United with Antonio heading wide of the goal. United still had a lot to do in order to take all three points away for the sixth time in a row this season.

In the 58th minute of the match Marcus Rashford replaced Lingard with United looking to break the Hammers with pace on the attack, which has worked before. The Hammers could have taken the lead if it was not for De Gea and Antonio’s poor finish, which was lucky for United, who need to find something to get the better of the resurgent home side. Three points is all that matters, but with the Hammers only having ten men, they did, at times, look the better side. In the 63rd minute, Rashford held up the ball well in the Hammers box, crossing to Juan Mata who broke the deadlock. United then brought on Chris Smalling for Mkhitaryan.

United looked a lot better since the arrival of Mata at the start of the second half, more lively on the ball and more determined to get something from the match. Rashford added some calmness and pace on the attack as he always looks unfazed by it all. Smalling was a tactical substitution to quell the threat of Andy Carroll, who came on in the last twenty minutes for the home side. United had the win in the bag, just needed to keep hold of the lead, or extend it. Paul Pogba, a player who is labelled as not good enough by the ABU’s, also a player showing his skills at United, nearly put United 2-0 up, but his effort was wide in the 75th minute of the match.

United could have doubled their lead again through Rashford, whose shot was stopped by Randolph, but the ball got past him, hit the bar and stopped just short of the line. United then doubled the lead through Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored his 18th goal of the season, his thirteenth in the Premier League and his first for 2017. United had this game in the bag. The Swede may have been offside, but his goal on New Year’s Eve should have stood, this makes up for that one. Not United’s fault the match officials are not up to the job they are meant to be doing. United, through Ander Herrera, could have scored another. The Hammers just don’t seem to be trying.

United may have lost the last match at Upton Park, but they have won the first match at the London Stadium. Marcus Rashford was named the Man of the Match by Gary Neville on Sky Sports. United have won six matches in a row in the Premier League, cutting the lead of those above them, keeping in with a chance of jumping into the top four. Reading is United’s next opposition in the Emirates FA Cup, with United then facing Hull City in the EFL Cup, before Liverpool come to Old Trafford on the 15th January, which will be long-awaited.

Goals: Juan Mata 63′, Zlatan Ibrahimovic 78′

Assists: Marcus Rashford 63′, Ander Herrera 78′

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian (Mata 46′); Carrick, Herrera; Mkhitaryan (Smalling 65′), Pogba, Lingard (Rashford 58′); Ibrahimovic

Substitutes Not Used: Romero; Martial, Young, Fellaini

Bookings: Matteo Darmian 42′, Antonio Valencia 76′

CONFIRMED: Mkhitaryan, Pogba and Ibrahimovic start against West Ham

Manchester United face West Ham United in the Premier League at the London Stadium this evening. United are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions, winning their last five Premier League matches in their chance to break into the top four this season, which is still looking very likely at this moment in time. United and the Hammers have met twice already this season – both at Old Trafford. Their league encounter finished 1-1 with the Hammers taking the lead inside the first two minutes of the match and Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalising to rescue a point for United. The two teams then faced each other three days later at Old Trafford again, this time in the EFL Cup with United winning 4-1 – taking the lead inside the first two minutes themselves, with an equaliser coming ten minutes before the break through former United Academy striker Ashley Fletcher. In the second half, United ended the London club’s hopes of earning a semi-final place in the cup with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both scoring twice in the victory. Jose Mourinho will be looking for more of the same in the first match against the Hammers at the London Stadium with a sixth Premier League win on the cards.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian;

Carrick, Herrera;

Mkhitaryan, Pogba, Lingard;

Ibrahimovic

Substitutes:

Romero; Smalling; Mata, Martial, Young, Fellaini; Rashford

West Ham United:

Randolph;

Nordveit, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell;

Obiang, Kouyate;

Feghouli, Lanzini, Payet;

Antonio

Substitutes:

Adrian; Noble, Ayew, Fernandes, Quina; Carroll, Fletcher

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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