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West Ham get major boost as seven key Man United stars are ruled out of Old Trafford clash

West Ham get major boost as SEVEN Manchester United stars are ruled out of tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Old Trafford.

Hammers boss David Moyes brings his high-flying side to his former club on Saturday afternoon as the battle for the top four intensifies.

Fourth-placed West Ham’s 3-2 home defeat to Leeds last time out has opened the door for Man United to leapfrog them with a win.

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But Moyes and his boys will be hoping to slam that door shut in Man United’s face.

The Old Trafford side somehow escaped with a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture. West Ham were comfortably the better side and missed a last gasp penalty to take a draw – which was the least their efforts deserved.

West Ham did not have to wait long for a measure of revenge when they beat Man United in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford three days later.

There is so much riding on this big clash when it comes to the top four battle.

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West Ham get major boost as seven key Man United stars are ruled out of Old Trafford clash

So having the best possible team available will be key for West Ham. Tomas Soucek and Kurt Zouma could be back involved to give Moyes a lift.

And the Scot has this evening received a major boost as no less than SEVEN Man United stars look set to be ruled out of the match.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jadon Sancho, Victor Lindelof, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly and Edinson Cavani all look set to miss the game according to an update on Man United’s website.

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And the game also comes too soon for the returning Paul Pogba.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Rangnick confirmed Ronaldo is a doubt with a neck strain. Wan-Bissaka is injured and Sancho is on personal leave after a death in the family.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has emerged as a doubt for Manchester United’s Premier League game with West Ham United,” Man United’s website states.

“The no.7 sustained a neck problem during the 3-1 victory at Brentford in midweek, when he was substituted for the closing stages. Although receiving treatment on the injury, he could face a race against time in order to be fit for the 15:00 GMT kick-off on Saturday (22 January).

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“Interim manager Ralf Rangnick provided a team news update to club media after speaking at the pre-match press conference and confirming that Victor Lindelof has joined fellow defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly on our list of absentees, following a break-in at the Sweden skipper’s home.

“With Paul Pogba not yet ready to return from injury, there could be better news regarding Jesse Lingard and Scott McTominay.

“However, striker Edinson Cavani is another doubt for the visit of the fourth-placed Hammers.”

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Man United have a ridiculously strong squad.

But this is a huge chance for West Ham to get a result given the strength of Moyes’s side and the fact the Hammers have had a rare full week off to prepare.

Conversely Man United were in London on Wednesday night where they somehow beat Brentford 3-1 despite being second best for much of the game.

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