West Ham United had a very successful February run of form as they managed three wins in a row before losing their last two games. With three wins from five games, West Ham have all but ensured Premier League survival, but facing a Manchester United side with big morale boast can prove to be tough. Sam Allardyce is looking to make two changes from their recent lost at the weekend swapping Mohamed Diame with Matthew Taylor and Antonio Nocerino with Matthew Jarvis. The Hammers’ top scorer Kevin Nolan will play in the attacking midfield role alongside wingers Matthew Jarvis and Stewart Downing while supporting their main striker Andy Carroll.
Manchester United (4-1-4-1): De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, van Persie
Manchester United have just received a huge morale boost when they qualified for the Champions League quarter finals with an excellent 3-0 win over Olympiakos. David Moyes will have a pile of pressure offloaded as he travels to face West Ham looking to pick a similar team as the one fielded against the Greek side. United will need to gather all the points they can as they hope to secure European football with a higher placed finish. With Jonny Evan and Chris Smalling looking doubtful Phil Jones looks to partner Rio Ferdinand as they both played well in their European tie. Nemanja Vidic is currently facing a ban as well so Moyes will have a shortage of center backs. Juan Mata returns to the side after being cup tied as Antonio Valencia and Robin van Persie look to keep their place despite both picking up a knock in Europe.
Manchester united fans be like we are back,forgetting west ham united is waiting them at home to sink them even further in the EPL.
— omondi hesbon (@OmondiHesbon) March 20, 2014
@ManUtd now i guess we will lose to west ham haha
— Manchester7United (@Manchester7Utd) March 19, 2014
Manchester United are back. For seven days, until they drop points at minnows like West Ham. #HappensEveryMonth
— Shaheer (@ShaheerAFC) March 19, 2014
On April 6th 2011, West Ham United led Manchester United 2-0 after getting two penalties, but a Wayne Rooney hat trick and a goal from Javier Hernandez competed the turnaround. Would we see another ruthless display from The Red Devils this time?
Wayne Rooney looks continue his fine form as he looks to dominate in all areas of pitch. With two goals in his last two games, he is the one to watch as a rejuvenated United travel to face Sam Allardyce’s men.
The Hammers have failed to score in six of their last nine Barclays Premier League games against Man Utd.
Manchester United have lost none of the last 10 top-flight games against West Ham, winning nine.
Wayne Rooney has scored seven goals and assisted three more in his last seven Premier League appearances against West Ham.
West Ham have dropped more points (17) and lost more games (5) from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League this season.
Kevin Nolan has scored five goals in his last six Barclays Premier League matches.
48 points after 29 games is Manchester United’s lowest haul of points in a Premier League season, six points fewer than their previous lowest in 1992-93.
West Ham have averaged the fewest shots on target per game this season, averaging just 3.2 per game.
The Hammers also have the lowest shooting accuracy; hitting the target with just 38% of their attempts.
Manchester United have kept three clean sheets in a row away from home in the Premier League – the last time they managed four in succession was April 2013.
The Hammers haven’t won four Premier League home games in a row since May 2002, when they beat Bolton in the last game of that run who were managed at that time by Sam Allardyce.