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MATCH PREVIEW: Manchester United vs West Ham United

Manchester United vs West Ham United

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 21 December, 2013

15:00 KO (BST)

Old Trafford, Manchester


United (8th)

I have found that the support from the crowd is fantastic, and they are right behind the team. Obviously we have got to win and score a few more goals, so we will try and do the best we can.” – David Moyes.

I don’t want to think about the past. The past is gone. I don’t want to think about the future because I might get worried. I want to think about the present. The present is about winning games.” – Patrice Evra.

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Fabio da Silva, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Adnan Januzaj, Wilfried Zaha, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Tom Cleverley; Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez

Doubts: Shinji Kagawa (illness), Marouane Fellaini (back), Wayne Rooney (groin)

Unavailable: Robin van Persie (thigh), Michael Carrick (Achilles), Nani (hamstring)

Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (8)

Home record: P8 W3 D2 L2 F8 A7 Pts11

Home form: L D W W L L

Home record vs West Ham: P64 W44 D6 L14 F146 A61

rio ferdinand testimonial

West Ham (17th)

Looking back at Manchester United’s history when was the last time that Manchester United lost three home games on the trot? What the odds be for that? On that basis, knowing Manchester United players, their desire and determination to win that game will be greater against us.” – Sam Allardyce.

Starting XI from: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Adrian; James Collins, James Tomkins, George McCartney, Razvan Rat, Joey O’Brien, Guy Demel; Mark Noble, Alou Diarra, Jack Collison, Mohamed Diame, Ravel Morrison, Joe Cole, Matthew Taylor, Matthew Jarvis; Modibo Maiga, Carlton Cole

Doubts: Mladen Petric (calf)

Unavailable: Andy Carroll (foot), Winston Reid (ankle), Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Stewart Downing (Achilles), Kevin Nolan (suspension)

Top Scorer: Ravel Morrison (3)

Away record: P8 W1 D3 L4 F5 A9 Pts6

Away form: L W D L L L


Last five meetings at Old Trafford

United 1-0 West Ham (16-01-13)

United 1-0 West Ham (28-11-12)

United 3-0 West Ham (28-08-10)

United 3-0 West Ham (23-02-10)

United 2-0 West Ham (29-10-08)


Referee: Michael Jones.

The 45-year-old official has taken charge of 8 Premier League matches this season, dishing out 18 yellow cards and 1 red card. He has awarded a solitary penalty. Was last seen at Old Trafford for the disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton in October.

Assistants: G Beswick, S Child.

Fourth Official: Howard Webb.

Mike Jones


Should he feature, Ryan Giggs will make a 30th United appearance against West Ham.

Wayne Rooney has scored 9 goals in 12 appearances versus the Hammers.

West Ham fans have had to endure five 0-0 draws so far this season – the most in the Premier League.

Only four clubs (Spurs, Palace, Villa and Hull) have scored fewer than United’s 8 home league goals this season.

Wayne Rooney’s next league goal will be his 150th for Manchester United.

United are unbeaten in 9 Premier League games versus West Ham.

United have not lost three successive home league games since Dec ’78 – Feb ’79.

West Ham have won only 2 of their last 15 Premier League matches.

Only three clubs (Cardiff, Palace and Sunderland) have scored fewer than West Ham’s 5 away league goals this season.

Score prediction: United 2-0 West Ham

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