Man Utd picked the worse time to surrender there 19 Match unbeaten record when the fell to a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup Semi Final on Sunday.David de Gea was once again the man under the spotlight as he was culpable for two of the Chelsea Goals and has raised serious questions around his status as the No1 at Old Trafford. Questions were also asked of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he chose to tinker with the formation that had brought them so much success changing from a back 4 to a back 3 and it simply didnt work. With a Champions League spot still up for grabs and the Quarter Finals of the Europa League on the horizon Utd need to find the form that saw them go unbeaten for so long.
Although Utd were poor at Wembley they did get some good news from across the Capital as Tottenham beat Leicester City 3-0 meaning Utd now have there top 4 hopes in there own hands and should they beat West Ham on Wednesday they would only require a point when they visit Leicester on Sunday in the final game of the season. Utd will again be without Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe and Eric Bailly wont play against the Hammers having been taken off early at Wembley. Luke Shaw remains a doubt but Brandon Williams came through unscathed against Chelsea so will depustise if Shaw does not make it. Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial will both hope to make the starting 11 having surprisingly left out at the weekend.
Old Trafford has not been the fortress it once was in the last few seasons but there have been positive signs that Utd are making it a tough place to pick up points and they have only been beaten twice at Home and taken 36 points from the 18 home games so far. Utd are unbeaten in the last 14 home games with West Ham winning 12 of those and are a best price 6/1 (888Sport) to pick up 3 points. Anthony Martial has been in superb recent form and has scored 17 goals in 31 Appearances this season. He will have been hurt being left out at Wembley and will have a point to prove so the 6/5 to score anytime with is worth a go with Betfred.
West Ham have found some form at just the right time, they have won 3 of the last 6 games including the vital 3-1 win over Watford on Friday evening that secured another season in the Premier League. David Moyes has been given a contract for next season so they can now start to build and make sure they don’t find themselves in such a poor position next season. Moyes has named a settled side in the last few matches and it has been evident in how they have played. One change that has really paid off is using Michail Antonio as a makeshift striker, something Moyes did with great success 2 years ago with Marco Arnautovic.
One thing The Hammers have not been short of in recent weeks is goals, they have scored 12 in the last 5 Premier League games including 3 against Chelsea 4 away at Norwich City and the 3 they scored against Watford last weekend. Without doubt the Covid-19 break has helped David Moyes as he has had players returning from Injury that would have missed the rest of the season. Robert Snodgrass is the only player likely to miss the trip to Manchester and the ex Scotland International is very close to a return. Andriy Yarmolenko continued his comeback from a serious Knee Injury against Watford and will expect to play some part at Old Trafford.
West Ham do have a poor recent record at Old Trafford but they have beaten Utd in 2 of the last 3 fixtures including a 2-0 win earlier this season. A win would be The Hammers first league double over Utd since the 2006/07 season including a Carlos Tevez winner at Old Trafford and they are available at a best price 125/1 (888Sport). Surely only one man we can pick for our goal scorer bet isn’t there, Michail Antonio has scored 9 goals this season, his highest ever total including all four goals in the win at Norwich and another in the win over Watford. The In-Form striker is 4/1 to score anytime with Betfred
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|02 Jan 2017||West Ham United v Manchester United||0-2||Premier League|
|13 Aug 2017||Manchester United v West Ham United||4-0||Premier League|
|10 May 2018||West Ham United v Manchester United||0-0||Premier League|
|29 Sep 2018||West Ham United v Manchester United||3-1||Premier League|
|13 Apr 2019||Manchester United v West Ham United||2-1||Premier League|
|22 Sep 2019||West Ham United v Manchester United||2-0||Premier League|