Predicted Lineups: Manchester United vs West Ham United

Arlo Gibbons


West Ham United and Manchester United are set to clash at the London Stadium on Sunday, in a game rescheduled because of the coronation of King Charles III. The unusual kick-off time of 7pm may pose a challenge for travelling supporters to catch the reduced train services as the bank holiday draws to a close. However, the excitement on the field should more than make up for any logistical issues, as both teams have a lot at stake.

West Ham, who are currently struggling to hold onto their Premier League status, will be eager to pull off a win against Manchester United. With four points separating them from the relegation zone, the Hammers cannot afford to be complacent, especially after losing their last three games. West Ham manager, David Moyes, is hoping his key players, Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Nayef Aguerd, will be available for selection after missing the midweek defeat to Manchester City through illness. However, the team will be without Kurt Zouma due to an ankle problem and Vladimir Coufal is doubtful due to a hamstring niggle.

Manchester United, who are looking to secure Champions League qualification, could do with a win after their recent defeat to Brighton, which dealt a blow to their campaign. While they will be without Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay, the return of Alejandro Garnacho will provide a boost. The combination of Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes on the field could prove crucial for the visiting team as they attempt to navigate a weakened backline.

West Ham’s manager Moyes has a relatively poor record against teams from the perceived ‘big six’, with only three wins against Manchester United in their previous 17 meetings in all competitions. However, with United‘s propensity to struggle against top-half sides there remains a glimmer of hope for the home team. The visitors will need to remain vigilant to the threat posed by Michail Antonio, who has proven to be a handful for many defenders throughout the season.

Both teams will be looking at Sunday’s game as an opportunity to gain much-needed points. Despite their recent struggles, West Ham may be buoyed by their impressive earlier performances this season. The visitors, however, will be seeking to bounce back after their defeat to Brighton and keep their Champions League hopes alive. Whatever the outcome, it is likely to be a closely fought match with both teams putting in their maximum effort.


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