Premier League Preview: West Ham v Manchester United

Manchester United will be hoping their victory against Olympiakos will have a positive impact on their league form, starting against West Ham.

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Andy Carroll scored last week and will be confident of repeating the feat against a fragile Man Utd defence

Manchester United come into the game on a high having overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Olympiakos in mid-week. The problem for United this season has been consistency. On numerous occasions after a positive performance, they have failed to show up, they will be hoping the same doesn’t happen again at Upton Park. West Ham however, have won their last three home matches and with Andy Carroll fit, and fresh off the back of a goal last weekend, the United defenders know they will be in for an aerial bombardment. With Robin van Perise likely to be rested ahead of Tuesday’s Manchester derby, Danny Welbeck will have to fill in. David Moyes’ still a remote chance of getting 4th spot, whilst West Ham, currently sitting six point above the drop, know a win will put them within touching distance of safety.

TEAM NEWS

West Ham

  • Joey O’Brien and Marco Borriello are West Ham’s only absentees

Man United

  • Nemanja Vidic serves the first of his two game ban after picking up a second red card of the season against Liverpool
  • Robin van Persie will be assessed having been stretchered off with a knee injury in midweek
  • Nani is back in training and could be in the squad

FORM GUIDE

West Ham

Stoke 3 – 1 Benfica
Everton 1 – 0 West Ham
West Ham
3 – 1 Cardiff
West Ham 2 – 0 Norwich
Aston Villa
0 – 2 West Ham

Man United

Man United 3 – 0 Olympiakos
Man United 0 – 3 Liverpool
West Brom
1 – 0 Man United
Olympiakos
4 – 1 Man United
Crystal Palace
0 – 2 Man United

HEAD to HEAD

Man United
3 – 1 West Ham
West Ham 2 – 2 Man United
Man United
1 – 0 West Ham
West Ham
2 – 2 Man United
Man United
1 – 0 West Ham

STATISTICS

  • West Ham have failed to score in six of their last nine Premier League games against Man Utd
  • Wayne Rooney has scored seven and assisted three goals in his last seven against West Ham
  • Kevin Nolan has scored five goals in his last six Premier League matches
  • West Ham have averaged the fewest shots on target per game this season, averaging just 3.2

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