Manchester United v West Ham United Betting Tips & Predictions

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League defeats to Arsenal and Wolves has hampered Manchester United’s push for a top four finish but they are far from out the running just yet. Heading into the weekend, the bookies price the Red Devils at 5/2 to finish the campaign in the Champions League places. Although their fate is out of their hands, a strong end to the season may well be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

West Ham will need something far more miraculous if they are to clinch seventh spot, a finish that would result in Europa League football if Man City win the FA Cup. Manuel Pellegrini has never failed to qualify for Europe during a full season in charge of a club but back to back defeats have ended all real hope of maintain this record.

Top Tips

West Ham to win or draw @ 2/1

Under 2.5 goal @ 6/4

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Manchester United News: Dire situation at full back

Seating at Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium
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The Red Devils will be without four full backs for this test leaving Solskjaer with a real defensive headache. Injuries to Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are nothing new but they have been combined with a double suspension blow. Ashely Young is serving a one-match ban after collecting two yellow cards during the defeat to Wolves. During the same contest, Luke Shaw on the opposite flank notched up his 10th yellow of the league campaign. Reaching such a feat results in an automatic two game suspension meaning the Englishman misses out here as well as the away trip to Everton.

Sanchez returns to the fray

Goals have not been coming too easily for the Red Devils of late so Solskjaer may be keen to ring in the changes. Alexis Sanchez will be one consideration now that the Chilean is on the verge of a full recovery. He wasn't fit enough to face his former side in the Champions League in midweek but his manager confirmed that a return this weekend is looking most probable. The 30-year-old has spent a month out with a knee injury but prior to this he enjoyed rare back to back league starts.

West Ham United News: Irons bracing for Rice bid

West Ham's London Stadium
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Earlier in the week, a number of media outlets reported that Manchester United were preparing a bid in the region of £50m for Declan Rice. Solskjaer is reportedly a big fan of the England international and transfer funds are in no short supply. It is not the first time we’ve seen the pair linked and Pellegrini’s comments late last month rather added fuel to the fire. While the Chilean boss did say Rice was not pushing for a move, he did admit that when a player wants to go, it is often very difficult to keep hold of them.

Analysis: Solskjaer facing test of his ability

Nothing could go wrong for Solskjaer at the start of his Man United reign but things change so quickly in football. The Norwegian is now facing an uphill battle in the Champions League as well as in the race to finish in the top four. He is approaching a make or break point in the season and it is perhaps here where we will see the big club inexperience of the 46-year-old work against him.

United losing their stride

West Ham may have failed to win a single away game in 2019 but they still make for a tempting win or draw option (2/1). Pellegrini's men put in a spirited second half display against Chelsea on Monday and didn’t cower when facing City at the Etihad either. Numerous key players have returned from injuries now and upturn in fortunes would appear imminent as a result. Old Trafford is not the easiest place for a visiting side to stop an away rot but United have been a long way from their best of late. Three of their last four domestic tests have ended in defeat and the 2-1 win over Watford was certainly an undeserved one.

Goals to be in short supply

West Ham’s poor away form is largely a result of their inability to create chances. The Irons have netted just one goal past top-flight opposition this calendar year and were limited to half-chances despite their willingness to push forward against Chelsea. While they will face a depleted United defence this weekend, it’s hard to see West Ham having the fluency to take full advantage. United may well also be lacking on ideas going forwards having scored just five goals in their last five matches. Alexis Sanchez’s return is a boost but with only one Premier League goal to his name, the Chilean is unlikely to prevent this game seeing under 2.5 goals (6/4).

Recent Matches

West Ham are without a win at Old Trafford since 2007 but they have battled their way to a draw on three of their last five visits to The Theatre of Dreams. If able to grab another stalemate this weekend, it will be their first time avoiding an away defeat against a top six side this season.

29th September 2018: West Ham United 3 – 1 Manchester United

Manchester United suffered their worst start to a league campaign since 1989-90 due to this defeat at the London Stadium. The Hammers drew first blood in fine fashion as Felipe Anderson cleverly flicked in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross. Their next was rather more fortuitous as Andriy Yarmolenko’s effort took a huge deflection on its way past the wrong-footed David de Gea. Marcus Rashford’s strike gave a poor United side a glimmer of hope but only momentarily as three minutes later Marko Arnautovic slid in his side’s third.

10th May 2018: West Ham United 0 – 0 Manchester United

Last season’s match between the pair at the London Stadium was one to forget. The visitors were the better team, but the game finished in an uneventful 0-0 draw in the capital. That was the first goalless draw between the two since December 2015.

13th August 2017: Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

The Red Devils were on fire on the opening weekend of last season, thumping West Ham at Old Trafford. Romelu Lukaku – who was making his Premier League debut for Man United – netted twice to put the hosts 2-0 up. Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba completed the scoring in the emphatic 4-0 triumph.

2nd January 2017: West Ham United 0 – 2 Manchester United

These two sides met three times in the league and cup during the 2016/17 season, with Man United winning two and the other ending in a draw. The pair drew 1-1 at Old Trafford in a league game in November 2016 before the Manchester side beat the Londoners 4-1 in the EFL Cup at the Theatre of Dreams just a few days later. In the fixture at the London Stadium, meanwhile, West Ham cruised to a 2-0 win, with Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the scoresheet against 10-man West Ham.

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