Two in-form Uniteds go head to head in first match with fans since Coronavirus
Manchester United to win 2-1
Football will rejoice at the sight of fans at a Premier League match for the first time since March after Coronavirus restrictions continue to be lifted in the UK.
2000 fans are set to attend the London Stadium, at a socially distanced level, to watch two in form teams attempt to break into the top four positions.
West Ham have surprised many with how well they have played for most of their opening 10 matches, including winning their last three on the bounce. David Moyes has shown his experience at improving the players at his disposal and putting in some strong performances.
Manchester United have been one of those who have stuttered at times, but should they win this match, plus their game in hand, they would be in joint third level with Chelsea.
They too have won their previous three league matches and have performed much better away from home.
Form Guide (all comps): DLWWW
Reasons to be cheerful:
Recent form has been among the best in the league
Have conceded no more than one goal in each of their last five matches
Reasons to be fearful:
Manchester United’s away form has been perfect
Have the lowest goals scored in the top six
There have been several surprise packages so far this season.
Everton were the early pacesetters before falling away. Southampton spent an evening at the top of the table, while Leicester, Liverpool and Tottenham have all tasted life in 1st place so far.
West Ham are actually one of the more stable performers in the league, not quite hitting the heights of the others, but not suffering the same dips in form either.
Their consistency could see a push for European places come to fruition this season, and manager David Moyes has the experience needed to push his team all the way until the end.
They have not scored as many of those teams around them, but they have not conceded many either, and Man United will have to be at the very top of their game to come away with a win this weekend.
Star Man – Said Benrahma
Could be in line for his first league start for West Ham – his pace and trickery could cause Man United no end of problems
Form Guide (all comps): WWWWL
Reasons to be cheerful
Recent league form has been positive
A perfect four wins from four away games
Reasons to be fearful
Must recover from Champions League defeat
Have struggled against West Ham in the past
West Ham are somewhat of a ‘bogey team’ for Manchester United, one who they don’t have the best of records against recently.
They’ve only won one of their previous five matches and lost the away fixture last season before drawing at home in July.
That being said, The Red Devils are a different team these days, improved at breaking teams down with the quality which Bruno Fernandes has brought to the club.
Their away form is encouraging, although they must bounce back from their defeat to PSG in the midweek Champions League fixture.
Marcus Rashford went off injured in that match, so he could be a doubt for this one.
If Manchester United are to force their way into the top four, these are the sorts of fixtures they must find a way to win.
Star Man – Bruno Fernandes
Scored and assisted in their win over Southampton last weekend and remains their most influential player.
An even contest with chances at both ends
Both teams likely to score
Could be separated by a single goal margin
Manchester United, in the past, have had a tendency to let games like this drift without starting proactively. If they do that here, they’ll probably lose to a West Ham team on top form currently.
If they are positive from the first whistle, using their recent away form as an incentive, they could walk away with three points.
Who knows if having 2000 fans will help West Ham? They could sing The Hammers to victory in their first match back, but the team from Manchester are slight favourites.
Manchester United to win 2-1