United v West Ham: All you need to know

Monday 20 July 2020 15:23

Manchester United will host West Ham United in the penultimate Premier League game of the 2019/20 campaign on Wednesday.

In what is also the final home match of the top-flight season, the Reds hope to extend a 12-match unbeaten run in the competition and strengthen hopes to qualifying for the Champions League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are currently fifth in the table and only outside the top four on goals scored, with a game in hand on fourth place Leicester City.

A victory over the Hammers would leave United in an excellent position, heading into Sunday's finale against the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.

With that in mind here’s everything you need to know…

Key match info

Wednesday 22 July | Premier League | Old Trafford | 18:00 BST | Live build-up on MUTV from 16:55 BST | Referee: Paul Tierney


Wednesday’s Premier League match will be broadcast live in the UK, on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with kick-off set for 18:00 BST. MUTV subscribers can watch exclusive build-up in the Match Day Live show from 16:55 BST, followed by live commentary of the game itself. With fans unable to attend the matches, our season ticket holders have been offered free access to MUTV Digital for two months, and can watch match highlights the following day, along with the rest of our exclusive content.


Eric Bailly was taken off on a stretcher during Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, following an aerial collision with team-mate Harry Maguire. Luke Shaw also missed the match at Wembley Stadium, with an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if the left-back will be fit enough to feature against the Hammers. He is currently on a list of absentees that includes fellow defenders Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones.  


Paul Tierney will be the man in the middle at Old Trafford, taking charge of his sixth United match this season (the Reds have won two, drawn two and lost one). Ian Hussin and Darren Cann will be Tierney’s assistants on Wednesday, while Mike Dean is set to be the fourth official. Meanwhile, in Stockley Park, Peter Bankes and Peter Kirkupwill will oversee things from a VAR perspective.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “We’ve been great in the last few months, giving ourselves a chance going into the last two games. We always said that if we can get into the Leicester game needing to beat them, that would be a great achievement and we might be able to even go one step further than that if we get a good result against West Ham.”

Nemanja Matic: “We wanted to get to the final and Chelsea scored three goals, they used their chances and deserved to be in the final, so our focus now is on Wednesday night against West Ham. We have to win that game. From this moment, we will focus on that and we've already spoke a little bit in the changing room about that. In three days we have another challenge and we have to recover as soon as possible.”

Bruno Fernandes: “We were not the best before and we are not the worst now. We are really sad about the result and losing the chance to win the FA Cup, something we had hoped for. Now it is time to gather forces and fight for our goal in the Premier League.”


The top-four race looks set to go right to the wire and, having already lost to 3-0 to Spurs, Leicester City await the visit of United to the King Power for a final day showdown. Meanwhile Chelsea’s penultimate outing is at Liverpool, before they host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last game. See below for a full listing of all 10 fixtures from Matchweek 37…

Norwich City 0-2 Burnley

Bournemouth 0-2 Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Leicester City

Brighton & Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Everton
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crystal Palace (20:15 BST)

Watford v Manchester City
Aston Villa v Arsenal (20:15 BST)

UNITED v West Ham United
Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15 BST)

Kick-off times are 18:00 BST, unless indicated otherwise.