Thursday 10 May

West Ham vs Manchester United - Match Preview

09 May 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

West Ham United

  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
10 May 2018

Manchester United

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 10 May 2018

As another Premier League season comes to a close, they are a number of fixtures that have very little relevance in terms of the final league table. One of those brings Manchester United, who will finish the campaign in 2nd to the London Stadium to face a West Ham side that won’t be going down.

STATS

  • There was no surprise to see West Ham in the relegation predicament they found themselves in a couple of weeks with just two wins in their last nine league matches. They secured their top-flight safety with a comfortable 2-0 away win at Leicester on Saturday afternoon. This came on the back of two 4-1 losses to Arsenal and Manchester City.
  • It hasn’t been a bad season for Man United in terms of where they will finish in the league but a gap of almost 20 points between them and their title-winning rivals is disappointing. Their end of season form in the league hasn’t been great with three wins in their last five but they do have an FA Cup final to look forward to towards the end of May.
  • Marko Arnautovic has had a fantastic first campaign in East London and his 10 goals have gone a long way towards ensuring their safety.
  • Romelu Lukaku’s debut season at Old Trafford has been strong and with 16 league goals, the Belgian is one of the top-flight’s leading scorers.

HEAD TO HEAD

You would expect Man United to have dominated West Ham in their meetings in recent seasons however, they have won just two of their last six league fixtures against the Hammers. They have both come in the last two including the one back in August where the Red Devils came out 4-0 winners. Lukaku bagged a brace while Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba chipped in with one each.

WEST HAM NEWS

There’s nothing more than pride on the line for the hosts in this one and it could take them into a position where they can finish inside the top half on the final day of the season. Arnautovic isn’t expected to be fully fit while Javier Hernandez and Michail Antonio miss out along with others.

Latest matches: West Ham United

05.05.2018 Prem Leicester City West Ham United 0:2 W
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22.04.2018 Prem Arsenal FC West Ham United 4:1 L
16.04.2018 Prem West Ham United Stoke City 1:1 D
08.04.2018 Prem Chelsea FC West Ham United 1:1 D

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

Tottenham can mathematically catch United in 2nd if Jose Mourinho’s side fail to record any more points in their last two games however, a point would be enough for the Northern side to hold down the runners-up spot. Alexis Sanchez should be back in the starting XI with Marouane Fellaini and Lukaku missing out.

Latest matches: Manchester United

04.05.2018 Prem Brighton & Hove Albion FC Manchester United 1:0 L
29.04.2018 Prem Manchester United Arsenal FC 2:1 W
21.04.2018 FA C Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur 2:1 W
18.04.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Manchester United 0:2 W
15.04.2018 Prem Manchester United West Bromwich Albion 0:1 L

SUMMARY

As mentioned, this game holds nothing more than self-pride and the visitors are certainly favourites for their trip to the capital. West Ham will be looking to end the season on a high but they shouldn’t have enough quality to overcome a strong Man United side.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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