Manchester United will take on West Ham United on Sunday, 14th March, 2021 at 7:15 GMT, 8:15pm Nigerian time.

Manchester United are realistically targeting 'best of the rest' behind league leaders, Manchester City even though their two-nil win over their neighbours last weekend made it eight Premier League games without a single defeat (W5, D3). Five clean sheets in that process is impressive, but three barren draws (all against London  clubs) highlights an inability to break teams down or put games to bed.

Although the Red Devils are unbeaten in six Premier League games following a midweek European clash this season (W4, D2), their sole defeat of such sequence came at at Old Trafford. Ultimately, with high profile forwards absent, nothing should be taken for granted, even if the hosts are unbeaten in Head-to-Heads at home since May 2007 (W12, D4). An interesting stats for the Manchester United faithful suggest that the Manchester club haven't lost any of their last 103 Premier League games in which they have led at halftime (W91, D12)

West Ham United are chasing an European spot for next season. The Hammers found the net first in the reverse fixture this season but lost the tie after a dramatic comeback by the Red Devils. However, they have won all seven Premier League games in which they scored first since then, including their 2-0 win over Leeds United. This saw them rebound from a defeat to Manchester City that reduced their win rate as Premier League underdogs since August 2019 to 28.21%.

The defeat at the Etihad was their first away loss in six games (W3, D2, L1) with the Hammers not trailing at halftime in any of those games. That implies that they'll make life difficult for their hosts, as does their record of going unbeaten in 60% of the league matches David Moyes' men have entered as away underdogs this season.

Manchester United's Mason Green have found the net in two of his last meetings with the Hammers and will look to continue his form against the London club as United's injury crisis in front continues. West Ham's Craig Dawson will be looking to earn his side their sixth clean sheet of the season.

On injury front, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is sweating on the fitness of several of his high profile players as Juan Mata and Donny van de Beek are suffering from Muscle injuries alongside Paul Pogba who is out due to a Thigh problem. Edison Cavani, Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will undergo fitness tests to ascertain their readiness for the Hammers' visit.

This European spot race clash at Old Trafford will see Chris Kavanagh as the centre referee.  


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