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MATCH PREVIEW: West Ham United v Manchester United

West Ham United Manchester United

Barclays Premier League

Saturday 22nd March 2014

5:30 KO (BST)

Upton Park, London


United (7th)

David Moyes – on drawing Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter finals; “I’ve got us to the quarter-final and now the aim is to get to the semi-final. It’s a tough one but we’re looking forward to it.” 

– on Robin Van Persie’s injury; “He won’t be available tomorrow, we’re getting him rescanned today. We’re not quite conclusive on everything we’ve seen yet. So we want to check that out and be sure.”

– on United’s chances against West Ham; “There’s no guarantee that one result leads to another but you’d rather have a good result than a bad one and we got a really good one in midweek so hopefully we can build on it.”

 “We can’t drag our heels [in the league] and think about the next round [in the Champions League]. We have to prepare right for the next game, against West Ham, and go and get a result. It was a terrific night against Olympiakos and nice to be on the winning side. We were long overdue a performance like that and we pulled it out of the bag when it was needed, but we also have to prove ourselves and show what we’re capable of in the league as well.” Phil Jones

Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney.

Doubts: Nani (hamstring), Javier Hernandez (knee), Antonio Valencia (eye)

Unavailable: Chris Smalling (hamstring), Jonny Evans (calf), Nemanja Vidic (suspension), Robin Van Persie (knee)

Top scorers: Robin Van Persie (11), Wayne Rooney (11)

Most assists: Wayne Rooney (3)

PL form: L D D W W L

Away record vs West Ham: P59 W14 D19 L26 F84 A99


West Ham United (12th)

“We’re in exactly the same place with the squad as we were last week. There’s only Joey O’Brien and Marco Borriello who aren’t available for selection so I’ve got a big strong squad to choose from for Saturday’s game. We have to make sure that when we come off the field on Saturday that we’ve got a point, if not more.” – Sam Allardyce speaking to

Starting XI from: Jussi Jääskeläinen, Adrian; James Collins, Pablo Armero, James Tomkins, George McCartney, Roger Johnson, Razvan Rat, Guy Demel; Mark Noble, Alou Diarra, Mohamed Diame, Joe Cole, Antonio Nocerino, Matthew Taylor, Matthew Jarvis; Carlton Cole

Doubts: n/a

Unavailable: Joey O’Brien (shoulder), Marco Borriello (calf)

Top scorer: Kevin Nolan (7), Carlton Cole (6)

Most assists: Kevin Nolan (5)

PL form: W W W W L L


Previous meetings

United 3-1 West Ham (21-12-13)

West Ham 2-2 United (17-04-13)

United 1-0 West Ham (16-01-13)

West Ham 2-2 United (05-01-13)

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

West Ham 2-4 United (02-04-11)



Referee: Lee Mason

Assistants: S Bennett, J Collin

Fourth Official: M Jones



United are unbeaten against West Ham in the last six meetings between the two (W4 D2), with the last defeat a 4-0 thrashing in the Carling Cup 5th round in November, 2010.

West Ham haven’t gotten the better of United in the Premier League since 29th December 2007, when Anton Ferdinand and Matthew Upson cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s first half opener.

United haven’t conceded a goal in their last three away games.

West Ham come into the game on the back of successive defeats to Everton and Stoke after recording four straight victories in February.


United 10/11 Draw 13/5 West Ham 7/2

Red Mancunian predictions

Craig (@CraigNorwood): West Ham 1-3 United

Iwan (@IwanLehnert): West Ham 0-2 United

Jack (@jackkholt): West Ham 2-1 United

Jay (@RFFH): West Ham 1-2 United

Mark (@mdhzk3): West Ham 1-3 United

Nick (@ManUnitedYouth): West Ham 1-2 United

Thomo (@andy_thomo): West Ham 3-1 United

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