Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford in the Premier League this Saturday as they continue their push for a top-four finish.
Defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday was their fourth defeat in five games after losing to Wolves in their last Premier League game has seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side slip to sixth and five points adrift of third place Chelsea with a tough fixture list still ahead of them.
In West Ham, however, they welcome opposition who are still without a win on the road in 2019.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are
meandering towards an uninspiring end to the season but could further disrupt United’s top four plans on Saturday.Teams News
Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are suspended for Manchester United, while Nemanja Matic is a doubt because of illness.
Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia remain sidelined by injuries.
West Ham winger Michail Antonio returns after missing the defeat at Chelsea because of an ankle problem.
Samir Nasri is absent with a calf injury sustained in the warm-up at Stamford Bridge.
Jack Wilshere is fit again after an ankle injury but will play a second game for the under-23s before making a first-team return.Head to Head
After winning 11 of their 12 top-flight matches against West Ham between May 2008 and September 2014, Man United have only emerged victorious in two of their last eight such meetings, drawing half of those.
The Hammers won 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium in September and are now looking to complete the league double over the Red Devils for the first time since 2006-07.
However, only against Fulham (11), Leeds United and Arsenal (both 12) are the hosts on a longer unbeaten run at Old Trafford in the Premier League than they are against West Ham (10 - W8 D2).
The hosts suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Barcelona in midweek, after Shaw inadvertently deflected a Luis Suarez header beyond his own goalkeeper. They looked toothless during the Champions League quarter-final clash, failing to register a single shot on target.
The team have endured a miniature slump in recent matches, falling to successive defeats at Molineux in the league and FA Cup. Those failures sandwiched an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Watford in which the Hornets dominated proceedings.
The Hammers have hardly had an enjoyable time since the return of spring, losing three of their last four fixtures. They were insipid during a 2-0 defeat at home to Everton, a chorus of boos emanating from the stands as the Toffees made the contest look like child's play.
In the following game - another 2-0 defeat, this time at Chelsea - the players performed significantly better, showing vigour and determination. It was ultimately fruitless, however, as Eden Hazard hit top gear to secure the Blues a crucial three points. Manager QuotesManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
"We need as many points as possible and I think if we get 15 we'll be top three, because in those games hopefully
we'll beat Chelsea.
"But now it's about West Ham and focusing on a good performance to give us three points.
"We want top
three. Top four is also an aim if we don't get 15 points but we should aim for 15."West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini:
"We must demand more. We must try to play every game with improvement and evolve.
"We still have a mathematical chance for Europe and we must try for that."Man United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Rojo; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, MartialWest Ham possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Rice, Obiang, Anderson; Arnautovic, HernandezScore prediction:
Man Utd 2-1 West Ham