Two of the sides going for the top four positions meet at Old Trafford on Saturday, as Manchester United host West Ham in the Premier League

Two of the sides going for the top four positions meet at Old Trafford on Saturday, as Manchester United host West Ham in the Premier League.

The Red Devils defeated Brentford in their 1-3 victory while the Hammers were defeated 2-3 by Leeds at the London Stadium.

Manchester United

Despite far from convincing performances from Ralf Rangnick’s side, his team managed to get back to winning ways after a nervy first-half which saw David De Gea called upon more than they’d have liked.

It was a hat-trick of goals for United’s academy graduates as Anthony Elanga scored his first for the club before Mason Greenwood finished off a fine counter-attack to go 0-2 ahead.

Marcus Rashford then came off the bench to score his side’s third of the night, though Ivan Toney’s late consolation for Brentford was not enough as United took away all three points.

The Old Trafford club still find themselves in seventh position, though a victory on Saturday against fellow top-four challengers West Ham would see them leapfrog Moyes’ side – and with a game in hand on the London club.

With an alarming one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League games at Old Trafford, it is a game which promises goals, though Rangnick will be wanting to improve that record if they are to achieve top four status.

West Ham

David Moyes’ side played out a five-goal thriller with Leeds United in their last match, which ultimately ended in the visitors taking all three points from the capital.

The defeat ended West Ham’s run of four successive victories in all competitions in a game which saw former Manchester City graduate Jack Harrison score a hat-trick, despite goals from Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals.

With the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all with games in hand, the race for top four is intense with the Hammers not able to afford more slip-ups which could prove costly.

Moyes’ side previously defeated United at Old Trafford this season, with the 1-2 victory coming in the Carabao Cup, though Jesse Lingard returned to haunt his former side to score the winner in their defeat at home to the Red Devils in the Premier League back in September.

Team news

Paul Pogba remains out though is due to return in February, while Eric Bailly remains at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Edinson Cavani, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are also set to miss out through injury, while Jadon Sancho is unlikely to return due to personal reasons.

As for West Ham, Said Benrahma continues his run in the Africa Cup of Nations, while the defensive duo of Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna look set to miss out this weekend.

Manchester United vs West Ham – kick off at 3pm (UK time) on Saturday 22nd January 2022


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