Manchester United tackle West Ham on the London Stadium this Saturday afternoon and might be on the lookout for a win to construct on final weekend’s constructive outcome in opposition to Liverpool.
United have a tendency to think about West Ham a little bit of a bogey crew, so followers might be nervous going into the match in opposition to former supervisor David Moyes.
Listed below are some storylines to whet the urge for food for this significant lunchtime showdown.
Erik ten Hag on the lookout for first victory in London Stadium
The Dutch coach has a good report in opposition to the Londoners, having received each video games at Outdated Trafford final season, one within the league and one within the cup. Nonetheless, United misplaced their final match to the Hammers in Could 1-0, which is why Ten Hag has by no means received within the London stadium.
Though the brand new enviornment lacks the ambiance of the outdated Upton Park, it may nonetheless be a difficult place to go. Manchester United have received simply three of the six Premier League video games they’ve performed on the Olympic Stadium, shedding two and drawing one.
Regardless of blended outcomes this season, the Londoners have achieved decently at house and have already overwhelmed Chelsea within the league and Arsenal within the Carabao Cup. Additionally they drew with Newcastle on the London Stadium, so they’re no strangers to holding high groups. United will hope this isn’t one other instance.
Potential return of Christian Eriksen
The Peoples Individual has reported that Christian Erisken has returned to full coaching and is “in line for a return to the Manchester United squad for the primary time in six weeks in opposition to West Ham on Saturday”.
The Dane was pictured again in full coaching at the beginning of this week and will definitely be within the combine to not less than make the bench for the match.
The Denmark worldwide offered an exquisite cross and help for Marcus Rashford within the match at Outdated Trafford final season and might be hoping for the same impact at this time.
David Moyes’ “direct rival” feedback
The previous United supervisor might have irked sure Pink Devils by claiming the Hammers are “direct rivals” of the Mancunian facet. On the pre-match press convention he claimed: “It says rather a lot about the place we’re in the mean time and what we’re doing that you’re speaking about West Ham as direct rivals to Manchester United”.
To be honest, the East London crew are just one level and two locations behind Outdated Trafford. A win on Saturday would see the Europa Convention League winners leapfrog United. They’ve additionally scored eleven extra objectives and have a barely higher objective distinction than Man United on this marketing campaign.
Bruno Fernandes tries to interrupt the objective drought in opposition to the Hammers
Bruno Fernandes has created extra probabilities (126 thus far) than any Premier League participant this calendar yr and has an general good report in opposition to most groups within the competitors. He has scored 47 Premier League objectives since arriving in England in 2020.
Nonetheless, based on the BBC, the Pink Devils captain has by no means scored in opposition to the Hammers. They are saying that “Fernandes has performed ten occasions in opposition to West Ham with out ever scoring, his longest streak as a United participant in opposition to any crew”.
The Portuguese participant might be hoping to finish this drought this lunchtime and safe a much-needed three factors for his facet.
In what guarantees to be an awesome match, Manchester United followers might be hoping for an early Christmas current by securing victory and shifting nearer to the profitable Champions League locations.