United make the long trip to the capital on Thursday evening for our final away game of the 2017/18 Premier League season. Here's everything you need to know...
Setting the scene… Jose Mourinho’s men face a West Ham United side who are mathematically safe from relegation with two games to spare. United will be looking to immediately bounce back from the disappointing 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion last Friday night and know only one more point is required to secure second place, following Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend. That would represent the club’s highest finish in five years but the Reds know how difficult a trip to east London can be: the Hammers won this fixture two years ago on an emotional night for the club, as they said goodbye to Upton Park.
How can I watch? Thursday’s game kicks off at 19:45 BST and will be broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports. MUTV subscribers on Sky or Virgin Media, the MUTV app, or online at MUTV.com can enjoy build-up to the match from 17:45 BST on the Match Day show and listen to radio commentary of the game, before watching it in full from midnight. You can also keep up with all the action as it happens via ManUtd.com’s live match blog and our official Twitter account @ManUtd.
Any team news? The boss confirmed on Wednesday that Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini are injured and will be unavailable to face the Hammers, but Phil Jones and Alexis Sanchez will return after the pair missed last week's defeat at Brighton. Read more here.
What about West Ham? The Hammers currently have a lengthy injury list, with a number of players sidelined. Former Reds striker Javier Hernandez (knee), Michail Antonio and James Collins (hamstring), Winston Reid and Pedro Obiang (MCL knee ligament) and Sam Byram (ankle) are all absent. On-loan Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart (illness) and the club’s Player of the Year Marko Arnautovic (knock) could return but are rated as doubtful.
How are the hosts doing? West Ham responded to back-to-back 4-1 defeats at home to Manchester City and away at Arsenal with an impressive 2-0 victory at Leicester City last weekend, courtesy of goals from Joao Mario and captain Mark Noble. It was their first win in five games, since beating Southampton 3-0 at the London Stadium at the end of March – which is their only victory in their last four home matches. A second home win over United in three years would take West Ham, who currently sit in 15th place, past the 40-point mark. Our former manager David Moyes has targeted two wins from the Hammers’ remaining two matches – with a match against another of his old clubs, Everton, at home to come on Sunday.
Final away day: Thursday will be our final away game of the season. The Reds have enjoyed some fantastic days on the road over the past nine months, such as the 3-1 victory against Arsenal in November and the unforgettable comeback against Manchester City last month. Overall, we have picked up 33 away points this season and have scored 30 goals on our travels.
One to watch: The United defence will be sure to keep an eye on the Hammers’ Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian has enjoyed an impressive first season in claret and blue and was recently voted the club’s player of the year for 2017/18. Arnautovic has scored 10 goals and registered four assists so far this campaign.
What’s our record like against them? United and West Ham have met on 138 occasions, the first of which came in 1911. The Reds have had the edge against the Hammers over the years, winning 65 compared to West Ham’s 43. In the Premier League era we have faced off against them 43 times, winning 27 of those clashes and drawing 11.
Goals: United 4 West Ham 0Video
What happened earlier in the season? It seems like a long time since we welcomed the Hammers to Old Trafford in August. United ran out deserved 4-0 winners on the opening game of the season thanks to a brace from Lukaku and late strikes from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. Another result like that on Thursday would certainly go down well with the away supporters.
A few familiar faces: Thursday’s game is set to provide Patrice Evra with a first reunion with United since he left the club in 2014. The full-back joined West Ham in January and has played five times for his new club. Hernandez, who scored 59 goals in four full seasons with United, will be disappointed not to be involved; the Mexican has found the net eight times for the Hammers this season. And it’s not just on the pitch where there will be some familiar faces, with former Reds manager Moyes in the home dugout.
A potential milestone… Ashley Young could make his 200th appearance for the Reds, since arriving from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011. The versatile Englishman was the captain against Brighton last time out and, after the game, spoke of the need to respond positively and quickly.
“We have to pick ourselves up as we have got points to play for,” he told MUTV.
“We have games left to play and we deserve to finish in the second position, but we need to put points on the board from now until the end of the season.”
Who’s the referee? Jonathan Moss will take charge of Thursday’s game. The 47-year-old has overseen four United games this season, the last of which was the 2-2 draw against Leicester in December. Moss has also refereed our victories against Swansea, Tottenham and Watford earlier this term. His assistants will be Eddie Smart and Harry Lennard, while Kevin Friend is the fourth official.