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Manchester United vs West Ham - Match preview

10 Aug 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester United

  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L

vs

Kick-off
15:00 GMT
13 August 2017

West Ham United

  • W
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • L

Kick-off
15:00 GMT 13 August 2017

After a summer that has felt like an eternity, the Premier League returns this week and one of the biggest ties of the opening weekend sees Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United make the trip up North to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. The Red Devils struggled last term as they could only manage a 6th-place finished while the Hammers were also below par, finishing 11th after taking the whole season to adjust to the Olympic Stadium.

STATS

  • As Man United focused on picking up the Europa League trophy at the end of last season, their form in the Premier League deteriorated as they only won one of their last five league games. But they did go on to win Europe’s second best club competition with a 2-0 win over Ajax in the final. They lost 2-1 in their last match which was the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid.
  • West Ham ended the season in a very average fashion which summed up their whole campaign. They won two of their last five games, just missing out on a top 10 finish which they were beaten to by West Brom, who edged them on goal difference. Their last match was a decent 2-1 away win against a Burnley side with one of the best home records in the top flight last term.
  • As Zlatan Ibrahimović’s contract ran out at the end of last season at Old Trafford, Romelu Lukaku was signed from Everton for £75 million. The Belgian powerhouse will be expected to hit the ground running for his new employers.
  • With a career that has been riddled with nasty injuries, Andy Carroll will be desperate for a season that isn’t plagued by injury. This one might provide just that and if it does, there’s no doubt he will be a danger man for the Hammers in front of goal.

HEAD TO HEAD

There aren’t many sides that have dominated Man United in the Premier League and West Ham certainly isn't one of them. The Londoners have won one of the last 16 meetings between the two in all competitions. In five of the last six games between the sides, both of them have scored, it’s a game that rarely fails to produce goals.

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

Mourinho will be itching for his side to challenge for the Premier League title this season and a win in their first game is imperative if they want to compete with the other big sides. Injuries aren’t really an issue for the Special One as it is only Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw on the injury table.

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WEST HAM UNITED NEWS

In the opposing dugout, Bilic has plenty of injury problems to worry about. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Mark Noble will definitely miss the match while Aaron Cresswell, Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini are all doubts as they look to return just in time for the first game of the new season.

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SUMMARY

With home advantage and potentially the best squad in the league, it would be very poor if Manchester United don’t come away from this game with all three points. A draw for West Ham would be a massive result taking into account all their injuries but they shouldn’t stand a chance. It could turn ugly if the Red Devils score early and a comfortable win for Mourinho’s men is very likely. West Ham will be lucky if they even manage to score a goal in this one.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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