West Ham vs Man Utd Preview: Where to Watch, Live Streams, Kick Off Time & Team News

​Manchester United travel to London on Sunday to take on West Ham in the Premier League, with both sides among the many teams level on eight points.

The Red Devils have had a mixed start to the season, losing shockingly to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, but find themselves in the top four after they overcame the challenge of Leicester last weekend.

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West Ham have recovered well since their opening day demolition at the hands of ​Manchester City, winning two and drawing two, and will be optimistic that they can punish one of the top six this time around.

Here’s 90min’s preview of the ​game.


Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? Sunday 22 September​
​What Time Is Kick Off? ​14:00 (BST)
​Where Is it Played? ​London Stadium
​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​Sky Sports Main Event

Referee

​Anthony Taylor

Team News

United’s injury troubles look set to continue, with ​Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and ​Luke Shaw all ruled out and Daniel James a doubt for the game.

​Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot are back in contention after both featured in the 1-0 win over Astana, while defenders ​Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are long-term absentees.

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The Hammers, meanwhile, are missing both Michail Antonio and Winston Reid, through a hamstring and knee injury respectively.

Arthur Masuaku is suspended, having been sent off – somewhat harshly – against ​Aston Villa on Monday.


Predicted Lineups

​West Ham Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller.​
​Manchester United

​De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Young; McTominay, Matic; Pereira, Mata, Lingard; Rashford.


Head to Head Record

Historically, ​United have the edge over West Ham, beating the east London side 66 times while losing 44.

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In recent years, however, ​West Ham away has not been a kind fixture for The Red Devils. Man Utd have won just twice at Upton Park/London Stadium since West Ham’s promotion from the Championship in 2012. 

This includes a 3-1 defeat last season, when ​Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson netted alongside a Victor Lindelöf own goal.


Recent Form

Both teams have started the season in reasonable form, winning two and drawing two of their matches.

United’s 4-0 hammering of ​Chelsea was hampered by subsequent draws to Wolves and ​Southampton, as well as a defeat to Palace, although a victory over Leicester last week with an injury-troubled squad raised optimism again.

For West Ham it was the reverse, with an opening day embarrassment followed by wins over ​Watford and Norwich, as well as draws with ​Brighton and Villa. 

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Here’s how each team has performed in their last five fixtures: 

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Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham (16/9)​ ​Manchester United 1-0 Astana (19/9)
​West Ham 2-0 Norwich (31/8) ​Manchester United 1-0 Leicester (14/9)
​Newport 0-2 West Ham (27/8) ​Southampton 1-1 Manchester United (31/8)
​Watford 1-3 West Ham (24/8) ​Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace (24/8)
​Brighton 1-1 West Ham (17/8) ​Wolves 1-1 Manchester United (19/8)

Prediction

United have the quality to beat West Ham, who look shaky defensively, but fatigue may be evident following their first European game of the season.

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With the home advantage, expect Manuel Pellegrini’s men to sneak a win.

Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Manchester United

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Europa League Roundup: Man Utd & Arsenal Win, Wolves Beaten & Celtic Draw in France

The Europa League group stages started on Thursday night, with three Premier League sides beginning their bids to win Europe’s secondary club competition.

Arsenal had a tough assignment, taking on last season’s semi finalists Eintracht Frankfurt, while Wolves and Manchester United entertained Braga and Astana respectively.

With all that said, here’s a rundown on how the British clubs got on in their first group stage games of the campaign.


​Group E

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Celtic had hoped to play Champions League football this season, but failure in their qualifiers ensured it was Thursday nights they would have to keep free for the 2019/20 term.

The Bhoys were made to work for their point against Rennes, however, as Ryan Christie netted a second half penalty after former Milan and Watford striker M’Baye Niang had given the hosts the lead.

Somewhat incredibly, Celtic substitute Vakoun Issouf Bayo managed to get himself sent off just seven minutes after his introduction, picking up two quick yellow cards to earn his marching orders in stoppage time. Eesh.

Cluj, coincidentally Celtic’s conquerors in the qualifying stages of the Champions League, scored a big 2-1 W over Serie A side Lazio, who fielded star names like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Lucas Leiva and Joaquin Correa.


Group F

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​Arsenal made light work of Eintracht Frankfurt, Joe Willock netting in the 38th minute before Bukayo Saka scored his first goal for club late on. ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped things up shortly after Saka’s effort.

You can read the match report ​here and the social reaction ​here.

In the other game in the group, Standard Liege pipped Vitoria 2-0.


Group G

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Rangers fans were probably cursing their luck when James Tavernier missed a penalty in the tenth minute.

However, Sheyi Ojo smacked in a thunderbolt shortly after to put the Gers ahead. That goal proved to be the difference, the game ending 1-0.

There was a fair bit of added time in the group’s other game between Porto and Young Boys, but the former eventually secured a 2-1 victory.


Group K

Wolves, who have disappointed so far in the Premier League, hosted Primeira Liga side Braga on Thursday night.

Things went from bad to worse when Ricardo Horta gave the visitors the lead in the 71st minute, finishing off a swift counter attack following Ryan Bennett’s sloppy pass. Wolves couldn’t muster up an equaliser.

Slovan Bratislava smacked Besiktas 4-2 in the other game.


Group L

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​Manchester United made their fans wait until the 73rd minute before opening the scoring, but it must have been worth the wait to see one of their young guns steal the show.

Mason Greenwood squeezed one in from a tight angle to break the deadlock, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer another 1-0 triumph following their success against Leicester at the weekend.

In the other game in the group, Partizan Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar played out a feisty 2-2 draw, Bribas Natcho netting twice for Belgrade.

A full roundup of Thursday night’s results can be found below.


Group A
Qarabag 0-3 Sevilla
APOEL Nicosia 3-4 F91 Dudelange
Group B
Copenhagen 1-0 FC Lugano
Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Malmoe FF
Group C
Getafe 1-0 Trabzonspor
Basel 5-0 Krasnodar
Group D
PSV Eindhoven 3-2 Sporting CP
LASK 1-0 Rosenborg
Group E
Cluj 2-1 Lazio
Rennes 1-1 Celtic
Group F
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal
Standard Liege 2-0 Vitoria
Group G
Porto 2-1 Young Boys
Rangers 1-0 Feyenoord
Group H
Espanyol 1-1 Ferencvaros
Ludogorets 5- 1 CSKA Moscow
Group I
Gent 3-2 Saint Etienne
Wolfsburg 3-1 FC Olexandria
Group J
Roma 4-0 Istanbul Basaksehir
Borussia Monchengladbach 0-4 Wolfsberger AC
Group K
Wolves 0-1 Braga
Slovan Bratislava 4-2 Besiktas
Group L
Manchester United 1-0 Astana
Partizan Belgrade 2-2 AZ Alkmaar

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Manchester United 1-0 Astana: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Red Devils Labour to Opening Victory

Manchester United opened their 2019/20 Europa League campaign with a laboured 1-0 victory over Astana at Old Trafford, as Mason Greenwood became the club’s youngest ever European goalscorer.

The home side started well enough, stringing together some slick passing moves and enjoying plenty of possession, but struggled to effectively break down the Kazakhstan outfit, and came unstuck by both poor finishing and the cruel works of the crossbar – from a leathered Greenwood effort – when they did.

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This led to a growing sense of frustration, and thus an increased freneticism in the second period, but apart from a few dangerous crosses, daring free kicks and goalmouth oh-so-nears, it was still fairly feeble.

Indeed, if any team was gaining confidence and purpose from the proceedings, it was Astana.

But then, finally, in the 73rd minute, Greenwood was at last able to break the Kazakh resistance, creating something out of nothing with a duck and a feint and a consummate finish through the legs of Nenad Eric in goal. 

This, as it so often does, both calmed and encouraged the home side, and the final moments were littered with chances to shore up the victory, with Diogo Dalot coming the closest with a how-the-hell-did-he-miss-that effort from five yards out.

Check out our full breakdown of the game below.


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Key Talking Point

It’s not that United were bad. They had more than enough chances. It’s just that, well, they weren’t very good, either.

As is their wont, the collective youth on show exhibited the occasional flash of their potential brilliance – each one met with an embattling cry from the fans – but there was no real urgency to the team’s play, and when there was, it usually led to error or petulance. 


That was until man of the moment Mason Greenwood lifted Old Trafford to their collective feet with an act of pure individual brilliance. More on that to come. Other than that, it was a case of job done for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, and little more.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Romero (6); Dalot (7), Jones (5), Tuanzebe (6), Rojo (6); Fred (6), Matic (6); Gomes (7), Greenwood (8*), Chong (6); Rashford (6).

Subs: Mata (6), Lingard (6), Young (N/A).


STAR MAN – If there was a positive path to plough with this game, it would be the confirmation that highly-touted 17-year-old Greenwood will be a player to watch in the games to come this season.

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After some initial toiling, the youngster’s effortful exploits finally paid off when he was able to find just enough time and space, and more importantly skill, to fashion a shot on target, which he calmly slotted between the splayed legs of Eric, poise and passion in perfect harmony.

A first goal for the club, then. But not the last, you can be assured of that.


Looking Ahead

United’s next test will be a trip to east London and a clash against Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham side, while the Kazakhstan outfit will be visiting Zhetysu who are, you guessed it, known as the West Ham of the Kazakhstan Premier League. Who knew?

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Man Utd Eye Thomas Tuchel Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Miss Out on Champions League Qualification

​Manchester United are eyeing up Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel, with pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to secure Champions League football.

Solskjaer was appointed United manager permanently back in March after leading the club to 14 wins in 19 games as caretaker manager.

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The Norwegian is tied down to a three-year-deal, but according to Le10 Sport – as reported by ​Sport Witness – United already have their eyes on Tuchel to take over.

The German is under constant pressure as manager of the French champions, as every season he is expected to win the Champions League. As a result, his position as PSG boss is deemed ‘fragile’.

Should PSG fail to win the Champions League again this season, then it is believed that there is no way Tuchel will continue as manager, leaving the door open for a potential move to Manchester.

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​United expect the club to return to the Champions League next season, and Solskjaer will be well aware of this. However, should he miss it, a sacking may go down badly with Red Devil fans.

It is clear that they are building to the future with signings like Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, so getting rid of Solskjaer may be seen as foolish.

However, if they are truly looking at a move for Tuchel, then they will be disappointed with what they saw in the game between PSG and Real Madrid.

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The French side looked like an incredibly formidable outfit, and it is impossible to say that this year won’t be their year in their quest for European glory. Should they reign victorious, then it is unlikely that Tuchel will leave the French capital any time soon.

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Dimitar Berbatov Announces Retirement With Brilliant Instagram Post

​Dimitar Berbatov has confirmed he actually retired from football after leaving Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters in March 2018.

In a light-hearted video on his official Instagram account, the Bulgarian explained that he looked for a new team once his deal with the Blasters ended, but failed to find a suitor he liked.

Prior to posting the clip, Berbatov had put up a story of his overhead-kick goal for Manchester United against Liverpool in 2010.

In the Instagram video, the 38-year-old said: “I know some of you already thought that I’d retired and now maybe you are like: WTF Berbs, we know that you don’t play.

“But, I did try to find [a new club] last year. Didn’t happen. So, someone told me I need to say something, and seeing that people were asking me – especially back home – I need to give a farewell message! So, here it is!

I think it’s the right time now to stop and it’s long overdue! Although, when I think about it, it’s never the end because I will stay in the game in one way or another.

“The time has come to say that after almost 20 years of playing football, I am stopping with my professional, active football career! I will miss it! I will f***ing miss it! 

“Everything! The games, training, the goals, preparations, the pressure, my teammates…the roar of the fans when I scored another banger.

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“Thank you to all the people who helped me develop, and became the player I always wanted to be! Thank you to all my former teams my teammates and my coaches and staff! It was a pleasure!”

Berbatov played for three different English sides, representing ​United​Tottenham Hotspur and ​Fulham as he racked up 94 ​Premier League goals across nine seasons.

He also had stints at Bayern Leverkusen, Monaco and PAOK, having begun his career with Bulgarian outfit CSKA Sofia.

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