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Your essential guide to United v West Ham

Friday 12 April 2019 05:00

After a spirited display against Barcelona in midweek, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday evening as the Reds welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford.

The Hammers make the journey to the north west on the back of one win in their last four Premier League games, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be looking to pick up maximum points following recent league defeats at Arsenal and Wolves. 

The Reds will also be eager to make amends for the reverse fixture against West Ham, when we were beaten 3-1 at the London Stadium in September. 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the game...

United v West Ham

Saturday 13 April | Premier League | Old Trafford | 17:30 BST kick-off | Live build-up on MUTV from 15:30 BST | Referee: Graham Scott.


Saturday's match kicks off at 17:30 BST and will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK. MUTV subscribers will be able to follow live build-up ahead of the match from 15:30 BST, and you can also follow our usual coverage on and in the official Manchester United App, which is available to download here.


Luke Shaw, who will also miss the Barcelona second leg through suspension, will begin serving the first game of his two-match league ban after he picked up his 10th yellow card in our defeat to Wolves on 2 April. Fellow defender Ashley Young will also be absent after his red card in the same match at Molineux. On the injury front, Solskjaer's squad has been boosted by the return of Alexis Sanchez to training, although in his pre-match press conference on Friday the boss was doubtful on whether the Chilean will feature in Saturday's game. Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian have recovered from injury and could be available for selection while it is touch-and-go whether Nemanja Matic will be in the squad as the Serbian recovers from an illness. Ander Herrera was ruled out by Ole as the Spaniard continues to sidelined by an injury sustained in training.


Our opponents are beset with injuries, with as many as seven players on the treatment table. Michail Antonio was due to start against Chelsea but was a late withdrawal with an ankle problem while Samir Nasri, who was also in the squad for their most recent defeat at Stamford Bridge, also had an issue with his calf that prevented him from playing. Two players that may be close to making a return to Manuel Pellegrini's squad are Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez. Former Arsenal man Wilshere stepped up his match fitness by playing for the Under-23s last weekend, while Sanchez has returned to training after being out of action since September with an ACL knee injury.


The Hammers currently occupy 11th spot in the Premier League table and are embroiled in a closely-fought contest for seventh place going into the latest round of fixtures. After a troubling start to the season, which saw them lose their first four games in the league, West Ham eventually found their feet under former Manchester City boss Pellegrini, with their best run of form coming in December with five wins from seven games. More recently, though, their form has stagnated with a useful point against Liverpool contrasted by a sobering defeat against relegation-threatened Cardiff City. Despite this, the visitors are only five points away from seventh, the spot currently occupied by Wolves. And with fixtures against Leicester, Tottenham and Watford to come, they may prove crucial if the Hammers want to be the best of the rest this season.

One to watch

Declan Rice is quickly becoming one of West Ham's most influential players. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder has risen through the ranks of West Ham's highly successful Academy and received his first England call-up in March.


We have a very strong record at Old Trafford against West Ham, with the Reds only losing at home twice to the Hammers in the Premier League era. It has been a fixture that usually provides goals for United, with 12 of our 18 wins over the Hammers at home being by two goals or more. The highest-scoring victory was in April 2000, where we eased past the London outfit in a 7-1 victory. Our most recent encounter at the Theatre of Dreams was 18 months ago - and that too was a high scoring affair. Romelu Lukaku dazzled in his first league appearance for the Reds as the Belgian scored a brace, along with late strikes from our French duo Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba, in a 4-0 win to get the 2017/18 campaign off to a flyer.

Memorable match

West Ham's last visit to Old Trafford in August 2017 saw the Reds run riot with Romelu Lukaku scoring a brace on his home debut. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba also got in on the act in a 4-0 victory for the Reds.


Graham Scott will take charge of his first United game of the season on Saturday evening. The 51-year-old, from Oxfordshire, last oversaw the Reds' 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in April 2018 and will be assisted by Mick McDonough and Neil Davies. Michael Oliver, who officiated our 3-1 defeat to the Hammers earlier in the campaign, will be the fourth official.


Our top-four rivals are all in action this weekend. Tottenham Hotspur take centre stage first, with Mauricio Pochettino's side hosting Huddersfield Town at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Meanwhile, Unai Emery's Arsenal travel to face 10th-placed Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.

The full list of fixtures can be found below.


Leicester City v Newcastle United (20:00 BST)


Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town (12:30 BST)
Brighton & Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth
Burnley v Cardiff City
Fulham v Everton
Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester United v West Ham United (17:30 BST)


Crystal Palace v Manchester City (14:05 BST)
Liverpool v Chelsea (16:30 BST)


Watford v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

All kick-off times are 15:00 BST unless stated otherwise.

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