The visitors have already won at Manchester United this season, won the EFL Cup 1-0 and kicked the Red Devils out of the cup. However, United won the first leg in the league 2-1 away – will this be their first home win in a direct duel or will the away team’s streak continue?
West Ham recently played against Leeds twice within a week, but were unable to repeat their cup success (2-0) a few days ago. The Hammers lost 2:3 at home against Leeds, who were more likely to face relegation. Before that, West Ham won four games in a row, three in the league and fought their way up to fourth place in the table. However, coach David Moyes commented on the full game plan, because today his team has to play their fifth match in three weeks: “The people who set the games don’t understand how important regeneration is.” Despite the defeat, West Ham still made it in Score two goals or more in the fifth game in a row, offense has been the Hammers’ heart this season. Only the top three teams have scored more than the 41 goals scored by the Londoners.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returned against Brentford after struggling with injury but was pulled off the field prematurely by the coach and was furious. Probably also because he narrowly missed his own goal and instead three homegrown players ensured the victory. Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford scored the Red Devils’ three goals.
United are currently seventh but regained contact with the top six in Wednesday’s catch-up game against Brentford (3-1). The threesome was sorely needed, because even if Ralf Rangnick’s team only lost one of their last nine games, the declared goal this season is only to reach the Champions League. The championship will be held by the city rivals and probably Liverpool. But because West Ham, among others, is once again playing very well at the top and Spurs and Arsenal have also regained their strength, there is only one place left behind the top duo and Chelsea that qualifies for the premier class.
The duel between the table neighbors is about European business. West Ham are currently fourth in the table, two points ahead of United, but have played a game more than the Red Devils and even three more than Tottenham, who could theoretically pass the Londoners. In the absence of Spurs, however, both teams can secure a place in the top four for the time being with a win, because Arsenal are no longer involved in the action today.
Hello and welcome to matchday 23 of the Premier League. Manchester United hosts West Ham United at 16:00 in their home town of Old Trafford.