England Premier League
Sunday 19th September 2021
Kick off at 2pm BST
Venue: London Stadium
West Ham will be pleased with their start to the season and it underlines how well manager David Moyes has drilled the team and the hard work that is obviously going on behind the scenes. There have been some blips of course, the 0-0 draw v Southampton and the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace when they were leading that game twice. Overall though this has been a positive start for the Hammers.
In midweek West Ham and Moyes experienced a very rare European outing as they began their Europa League adventure and it ended well as they beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 away from home. Michail Antonio who has been superb this season despite his silly red card last weekend was on the score sheet once again.
Manchester United might as well have been called Ronaldo United this week because all news concerning them has circled the Portuguese legend who has of course returned to his former club. Some of this has been justified given that he scored two goals last weekend against Newcastle as the Red Devils went on to win 4-1 in front of their home fans.
Ronaldo then scored for the third time in all competitions against Young Boys in their opening Champions League group game. However the helium ball of wonder and joy was bust over the Swiss mountains as Young Boys came back and won 2-1. This is why we love football, you just never know what will happen next. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will point to the fact that his team had to play with 10 men given Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s sending off which was correct and of course Jesse Lingard making an obvious error in the build up to Young Boys 2nd goal.
All of this leaves us with the thought that there is a sour taste for Manchester United coming into this game the fact that their stars could not beat Young Boys. At the same time they come into this Premier League weekend in 1st place and will want to get a positive result here.
West Ham: The Hammers have no injuries ahead of this game but striker Michail Antonio is suspended for this one as he was sent off last weekend.
Manchester United: An update on Edinson Cavani suggests that the forward will miss this game but be back for the next one after his knock. Dean Henderson could be back in the squad and will be assessed with his fitness issues, it is the same case for Scott McTominay. Marcus Rashford could return in 3 weeks from his shoulder injury.
West Ham vs Man Utd Head to Head:
Manchester United won this fixture last season 3-1.
Manchester United have won the last 3 meetings in a row in all competitions against West Ham.
4 of the last 5 meetings have finished in under 2.5 goals.
In the last 15 meetings only 1 game has finished 0-0.
West Ham vs Man Utd Prediction
Usually David Moyes would set up his team even at home to defend against a bigger side who he knows will attack and have plenty of chances. In theory it would make sense but it isn’t something that fans want to watch. Moyes seems to have shifted that idea with West Ham and we should expect to see a more confident side in this game. The Hammers have showed no fear since he took over at the club and have been genuinely exciting.
The problem with this tactic as Leeds found out earlier in the season when they were thumped 5-1 is that it can make for an engrossing game but can play into United’s hands. They will create many chances and they will also be irked by the result in midweek against Young Boys. Ronaldo looks hungry and fresh and he is bound to have a few goalscoring opportunities and how much will the Hammers miss Antonio up front? We are in for a very exciting game that could go end to end but United should have too much and should get the points required.
West Ham vs Man Utd Betting Tips:
Manchester United to beat West Ham at 1.72
Anytime goalscorer: Cristiano Ronaldo at 1.80
Both teams to score at 1.66