Preview – Manchester United vs West Ham United

Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford this evening looking to get things back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With Solskjaer now the permanent Manchester United boss the hard work has begun in earnest but he and his team need to turn things around fast at this moment in time.

Defeat to Barcelona in midweek means United have won just one of their last five games in all competitions. The bounce they previously enjoyed under the Norwegian has long gone.

They need a win over West Ham not only to ensure that they remain in the hunt for the top four but stop the rot.

Likewise, the Hammers need to end a bad run of form. They’ve managed two wins in their last five but are not in good shape.

With the end of the season in sight they’ve faced accusations of giving up for the campaign already, resulting in them falling out of the race for the top seven. A win over United would help revive those hopes.

Team News

Manchester United are without full-backs Ashley Young and Luke Shaw, who are both suspended for this game.

Ander Herrera, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Antonio Valencia remain sidelined by injuries. Nemanja Matic is likely to face a late fitness test.

West Ham will be without Samir Nasri, who’s picked up a calf injury, while the returning Jack Wilshere won’t be rushed back.

Javier Hernandez is a doubt after coming off injured against Chelsea but should make a recovery for the trip to his old club.

What the managers said

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer manager of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on April 02, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting 15 points from their remaining games to ensure a top-four finish.

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“We need as many points as possible, and I think if we get 15, we’ll be top three, because in those games hopefully, we’ll beat Chelsea.

“But now it’s about West Ham and focusing on a good performance to give us three points.

“We want top three. Top four is also an aim if we don’t get 15 points, but we should aim for 15.”

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 27: Manuel Pellegrini, Manager of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium on December 27, 2018 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, has simply called for more from his team after their disappointing showings of late.

“We must demand more and try to play every game with improvement and evolve. We still have a mathematical chance for Europe, and we must try for that,” he said.

Stats

The history books are with West Ham, who have only lost two of their last eight meetings with United.

Having said that, Manchester United are unbeaten in their last ten meetings with West Ham at Old Trafford.

Likewise, West Ham United have lost six of their last seven Premier League games away from home. Even worse, they’ve failed to score in all of those games.

Their record away at the top six isn’t great either. They are winless in 19 away league games against ‘big six’ opposition and have lost all four this season by an aggregate score of 1-10.

Romelu Lukaku will likely be key in this game. He loves scoring against the Hammers, having bagged in his last five home games against them.

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