The London Stadium will host Premier League supporters at a game for the first time since March as West Ham United welcome Manchester United this weekend.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen fans prohibited from watching football matches in stadia for over 8 months, but with the UK Government easing the current restrictions, up to 2000 supporters will be present at the London Stadium to watch the Hammers and the Red Devils do battle.
It’s a welcome sight off the field, but West Ham fans will be pleased with what they’ve seen on it, too.
The Hammers head in to the encounter 5th in the Premier League table, with a chance to briefly break in to the Champions League places with victory.
Manchester United meanwhile have had an indifferent start domestically, sitting 9th after 9 games albeit just a point behind their opponents on Saturday.
Defeat in the Champions League to PSG midweek leaves their qualification hopes hanging in the balance, but attentions must switch back to the Premier League – Solskjaer’s side could also break in to the top four for a short period with a win.
Man United’s Edinson Cavani is the subject of an FA investigation after a controversial social media post following the late win over Southampton last week – any findings from the FA are not expected to be published before the weekend and the striker is likely to feature.
Teammate Marcus Rashford might not, though – he was forced off against Paris Saint-Germain after the recurrence of a niggling shoulder injury which he has been carrying recently.
Bruno Fernandes is looking to break a Manchester United record against West Ham. Having scored in 5 consecutive away league games, a sixth against the Hammers would make him the first person to achieve that feat since United legend Denis Law in 1964.
The Hammers meanwhile have enjoyed their encounters against ‘big 6’ clubs, with David Moyes’ men having taken points from league leaders Spurs and Manchester City already this season, with West Ham having lost just one of their last eight top flight matches.
Forward Michail Antonio has been key to the Irons’ improvement, but he does spend a lot of time injured. Although he returned recently, it may still be too soon for him to start against Manchester United.
Former Red Devils gaffer Moyes has a healthy squad to choose from otherwise, with only Andriy Yarmolenko an expected absentee for the Hammers.
Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile is only expected to be missing Luke Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe and Phil Jones, with several players overcoming doubts to feature against Paris midweek.
West Ham v Man United is a 5.30 kick off on Saturday 5th December.