Manchester United Vs West Ham: Can Hammers Follow Chelsea Footstep?

Having lost 3-1 to Chelsea during Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal clash, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope to see a much improved performance from his boys when they play host to West Ham later tomorrow.

The Red Devils’ penultimate match of the season is certainly going to be a cracker as it is one that the Old Trafford outfits will hope to win to remain on course for a place in next season’s Champions League competition.

Preview

Manchester United

Solskjaer’s men are in top form at the moment having dropped just two points in their last six league matches.

Prior to the defeat to Frank Lampard’s side on Sunday, the Red part of Manchester were unbeaten in 19 matches in all competitions.

This placed them in a very bright spot to pick maximum points against the Hammers who have blown hot and cold throughout this season.

The bond and understanding between the team’s attacking trio of Rashford, Martial and Greenwood (RMG) continues to improve having scored more than 60 goals between them so far this campaign.

West Ham

Wednesday’s clash would see the return of David Moyes at Old Trafford — a place where he had a very short and forgettable spell as manager.

The Hammers are guaranteed to remain in the country’s topflight league beyond this season following their impressive run of results.

They thrashed relegated Norwich City 4-0 at Carrow Road before beating Watford 3-1 to maintain their Premier League status.

All eyes will be on England International Declan Rice, who has been in an incredible form all through season, to wreck havoc against Manchester United.

Considering both sides recent form, it won’t be out of place to propose a keenly contested fixture on Wednesday.

Team News and Probable Line-up

Manchester United

The Red Devils manager isn’t expected to make wholesome changes to the team that were defeated by the Blues.

De Gea, despite his howler on Sunday, is expected to man the post and the Spanish will hope to redeem his image.

Lindelof, Bailly, Maguire, Matic, Rashford and Wan-Bissaka are all expected to retain their spots in the starting lineup.

Williams, James, and Fred are likely going to make way for Martial, Greenwood and Paul Pogba respectively.

West Ham

It’s a forgone conclusion that Moyes will maintain the same squad that thrashed Watford in the last fixture unless there is any last-minute injury scare.

This means Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Johnson, Noble, Fornals, Soucek, Antonio, Rice, and Bowen are all guaranteed a place in the starting XI later tonight.

Our Prediction

Manchester United are under intense pressure heading into the game as they recently lost their 19-game unbeaten run.

The fact that their Champions League hope is tied to the outcome of the encounter also piles more pressure on them.

We expect fifth-placed team to grind out result against their opponent. Hence, we predicted a 2-1 victory for Solskjaer’s side.

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