Jesse Lingard in action against West Ham

Heads-up for the West Ham game

Thursday 27 September 2018 11:01

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho's men travel to West Ham United for the weekend’s early kick-off.

The Reds will be looking for a quick recovery from the midweek Carabao Cup exit to Derby County as attention once again turns to the top flight. 

A fourth consecutive away win in all competitions is the target, but it could be a difficult task against an in-form West Ham side whose recent results represent a big improvement on their tricky start to the season.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s fixture…
West Ham v United

Saturday 29 September | Premier League | London Stadium | Live build-up on MUTV from 11:00 BST | Kick-off at 12:30 BST | Referee: Michael Oliver

What’s the team news?

Marcus Rashford is available again for the Reds following his three-match domestic suspension for a red card received against Burnley. After resting several players during Tuesday’s game, the boss may choose again to rotate the team with United involved in Champions League action next week. Jose has almost a full squad to select from, with Marcos Rojo remaining the Reds' only absentee though injury. Our Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero will also miss the trip south following his dismissal against Derby in midweek, meaning Lee Grant will likely be on the bench this Saturday. Look out for the latest updates on Friday when the boss holds his pre-match press conference.

How about West Ham?

Marko Arnautovic could return for the Hammers after missing the last two games with a knee problem. The Austrian has netted three in his five Premier League appearances so far this season. Former United striker Javier Hernandez could be selected after missing the last two league matches, but Jack Wilshere will not be ready for Saturday’s game as he continues to recover from ankle surgery. Long-term absentees Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid are also unavailable.
Who is their manager?

The Hammers appointed former Real Madrid and Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini this summer. The Chilean is the only non-European coach to win the Premier League.

How have the Hammers started the season?

West Ham endured a nightmare start to the campaign, losing all of their opening four Premier League games. However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have grown in confidence recently and after beating Everton two weeks ago, they became the first side this season to hold Chelsea to a draw last Sunday. The Irons could even have claimed all three points had summer acquisition Andriy Yarmolenko scored a late header. Their good form continued on Wednesday with an 8-0 demolition against Macclesfield Town, which secured the Hammers' place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

What’s our overall record like against West Ham?

We have previously played against the Hammers on 139 occasions and over the years  the Reds have the enjoyed the upper hand in the fixture, winning 65, losing 43 and drawing 31 games. Last time we were held to a goalless draw at the London Stadium after winning the reverse fixture 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Did you know?

We have only lost one of our previous 18 matches against West Ham in all competitions.

Who's the referee?

Michael Oliver will oversee proceedings on Saturday. The official has been in charge of five Premier League matches so far this season.

Who are our rivals playing this weekend?

There will be a full programme of Premier League fixtures across three days. Here’s what the schedule looks like…

Saturday 29 September
West Ham United v Manchester United (12:30 BST)
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal v Watford
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton
Newcastle United v Leicester City
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Everton v Fulham
Chelsea v Liverpool (17:30 BST)

Sunday 30 September
Cardiff City v Burnley (16:00 BST)

Monday 1 October
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (20:00)

Kick-off times all 15:00 BST unless stated.
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