A desperate Manchester United will meet an oscillating West Ham this Saturday at Old Trafford. If United want to do better than they did the last season, it is time to win, or else they run risk of being out of UEFA Champions League for two seasons in a row.
United’s stuttering campaign has made fans doubt of Van Gaal’s capacity to lead the team. They were about to defeat Leicester last round, but things simply got out of control and their opponents showed a strong reaction to turn the score and get a comprehensive 5-3 win. A big list of players unable to play adds more drama to the scene. Blackett (suspended), Evans, Smalling, Jones, Ashley Young, Lingard, Fellaini, and Carrick (injured) remain on the sidelines. Despite the long list of absentees, Di Maria, Rooney, Falcao, and Van Persie are entitled to lead United to the second win this season.
Morale wins wars. If that is the case, West Ham have an ace up their sleeve. They obtained an important 3-1 win at Liverpool last week, and they are looking forward to winning again. The Hammers will try to take advantage of United’s insecurity to lead the actions and have ball control. Sam Allardyce plans to exploit the absence of important defensive players on their opponents’ side. Cole, Sakho, Valencia, Zarate and others have a mission to accomplish.
West Ham don’t beat Manchester United in a Premier League match since 2007. Although this seems to be a good opportunity, United is always United and we always have to expect the best from them.
Jazzou.com predict a Manchester 2-1 win - Best odds at Bet365.
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