Manchester United (7th, 35 points) could overtake West Ham (4th, 37 points) for the coveted fourth place in the English Premier League table if they can beat the Hammers in a head-to-head clash at Old Trafford .
The Red Devils have been unconvincing of late, beating Brentford 3-1 on Wednesday despite a poor first-half performance in which goalkeeper David De Gea was once again forced to make big saves. It is a credit to the quality of the squad that Man United have yet managed to put together a 4W-1L-2D record in the Premier League under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Fourth place was the minimum league goal set by Cristiano Ronaldo for his club in a recent interview: it is a place that would guarantee a place in next season’s lucrative Champions League. Moving into that position on Saturday will require doing something they’ve never done with Rangnick: win back-to-back league games.
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But West Ham also have aspirations for fourth place and Champions League football next season and the Hammers won’t be an easy out despite a struggling history at Old Trafford (winless since 2007) and a loss to Manchester United. United earlier this season. David Moyes’ side should be well-rested after playing last Sunday, plus his side have a couple of their influential figures back for this one (lineups below).
Sporting News will follow the match live and provide live scores updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Man United vs West Ham live score
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Minute 20: Bruno Fernandes almost connected with Cristiano Ronaldo in the box! A ball swinging out misses the head of a diving Ronaldo and beat the offside trap. It looks like a goal is coming for Manchester United.
minute 17: Man United have pinned West Ham down deep at their own wing for these opening 15 minutes with much of the action coming down the left flank from Anthony Elanga. The addition of the latter to the line-up in Ralf Rangnick’s recent matches has had a positive impact.
Minute 7: Not to be outdone by Zouma, Man United captain Harry Maguire blocks Jarrod Bowen in the Man United box. It’s been an even start to this game and it should be an even game.
4th minute: Kurt Zouma already with a great block on his return to West Ham’s starting line-up, filling in Man United’s Mason Greenwood on a shot at the top of the area.
1st minute: We are underway at Old Trafford. West Ham wearing the away kit.
9:35 a.m.: Here is David Moyes’ explanation of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s absence from the match:
Moyes on Fabianski: “Like any other club, we have some injuries and some COVID [cases], so we will have to play with what we have. It is unfortunate that Łukasz misses out, he has been playing very well for us this year.” https://t.co/UYcM1O1BqX
—Tom Clark (@_thomasjclark) January 22, 2022
9:14 a.m.: There were some doubts about a neck injury that would leave Ronaldo out of the squad. he is starting:
8:40 a.m.: Declan Rice, rumored to be a candidate for a move to Man United in the future, should be a major factor in this game.
Manchester United vs. West Ham line-ups
Despite taking some hits, veterans Cristiano Ronaldo Y edison cavani They are in the squad, with Ronaldo starting. Jadon Sancho it is a bereavement absence after the death of a family member caused him to sit out the midweek game against Brentford.
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The absent players for this are the injured Paul Pogba Y luke shaw (hamstring) and defender eric bailly which is in the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast. Aaron Wan Bissaka is out due to illness, while the defender Victor Lindeloff misses the game to be with his family after his house was raided last week.
Manchester United starting line-up (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) — 27-Alex Telles, 5-Harry Maguire, 19-Raphael Varane, 20-Diogo Dalot — 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay — 36-Anthony Elanga, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 11- Mason Greenwood—7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United substitutes (9): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 4-Phil Jones, 8-Juan Mata, 31-Nemanja Matic, 34-Donny van de Beek, 14-Jesse Lingard, 25-Jadon Sancho, 10-Marcus Rashford, 21-Edinson Cavani
The questions for coach David Moyes revolved around the physical form of Tomas Soucek (recent fight with COVID-19) and center back Kurt Zuma (long absence due to a hamstring injury), but both are back in the starting lineup. Although Said Benrahma was available after Algeria’s elimination in the group stage of the African Cup of Nations, he is not in the squad.
starting goalkeeper lukasz fabianski he’s not on the team, but it’s unclear if it’s an injury or an unspecified case of COVID-19 with Moyes.
West Ham starting line-up (4-2-3-1, left to right): 13-Alphonse Areola (GK) — 3-Aaron Cresswell, 4-Kurt Zouma, 15-Craig Dawson, 5-Vladimir Coufal — 41-Declan Rice, 28-Tomas Soucek — 8-Pablo Fornals, 10-Manuel Lanzini, 20- Jarrod Bowen—9-Michail Antonio
West Ham substitutes (9): 35-Darren Randolph (GK), 24-Ryan Fredericks, 23-Issa Diop, 31-Ben Johnson, 26-Arthur Masuaku, 33-Alex Kral, 16-Mark Noble, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko, 11-Nikola Vlasic
How to watch Manchester United vs. West Ham
- Date: Saturday, January 22
- Hour: 10 a.m. Eastern Time
- Television channel: – None –
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- Transmission: Peacock (subscription required)
The match Manchester United vs. West Ham is available exclusively on the NBC Peacock streaming platform.
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Manchester United Vs. west ham odds
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
- money line: Manchester United +100 / Draw +275 / West Ham +260
- Spread: Manchester United -0.5 (+105) / West Ham +0.5 (-120)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -155 / Under +125
- Both teams score: Yes -185 / No +140
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.