League leaders Manchester United will be looking to continue their impressive start to the Premier League season as they travel to West Ham on Sunday.
The title contenders for the new season are already beginning to take shape as Manchester United sit on top of the table on goal difference with 10 points, along with Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton who also match their tally.
Solskjaer’s side will already be wary about dropping points with the title race this season showing early signs of a closely contested battle for glory, though the Reds arrive to London on the back of an extremely disappointing showing away to Young Boys of Switzerland in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Despite the euphoria surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford during their 4-1 victory over Newcastle just three days prior, the mood has become slightly subdued despite the Portuguese scoring yet again in their loss.
With Bruno Fernandes adding to his goal tally to become the joint-top goal scorer in the Premier League this season – alongside Paul Pogba who has now registered a staggering seven assists in just four games – The Red Devils are not short of options going into the fixture.
Plus the small threat of Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood – who has impressed so far this season with three goals – are ones David Moyes will be looking to minimise on Sunday.
With that being said, United go into their game against the Hammers having recently set the record for the most consecutive away matches undefeated in the Premier League – 28 to be exact – which surpassed the feat previously held by Arsenal’s Invincibles.
The record will most certainly be tested to the limit with West Ham undefeated in the league so far this season while scoring 10 goals in the process – the joint-second highest tally.
David Moyes’ side were held to a goalless draw in their last outing against Southampton which saw Michail Antonio – the league’s joint-top scorer this season alongside Bruno Fernandes – receive a red card late on in the match which will be a big blow to West Ham’s team selection.
With the Hammers scoring at least two goals in 8 of their last 10 home matches in the Premier League, the fixture promises to not disappoint.
Solskjaer is still without Scott McTominay following his groin injury and has now returned to training. Marcus Rashford remains out until at least October following his shoulder surgery while Edinson Cavani may be in contention to make the squad after missing the last two fixtures with a knock.
United are still without Amad Diallo and Alex Telles who continue to recover from their injuries sustained last month.
As for West Ham, the only absentees are Michail Antonio who is suspended following his red card against Southampton last weekend and Winston Reid who continues to recover from his long-term knee injury.
West Ham vs Manchester United – kick off at 2pm (UK time) on Sunday 19th September 2021