In Game Week Seven of the PL2 season, Terry Westley’s U23s face the daunting prospect of welcoming Manchester United to East London on Sunday afternoon in what is surely the biggest game of the season.
The young Hammers enter the clash off the back of Premier League International Cup disappointment at home to Villarreal, whereas, The Red Devils were defeated at home by Derby County last time out.
The clash is scheduled to kick-off at 1 PM tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 15 October 2017), with no Television or Radio Coverage available in The UK.
However, you can follow our Live Blog from East London, which starts at 11 AM, live from The Press Box in E20.
The tie will take place at our 66,000-seater London Stadium, a ground which we only currently have access to 57,000 seats of due to violent clashes during home games with Watford and Chelsea last season.
Since moving to Stratford in summer 2016, we have endured turbulent times as poor form and crowd disturbance has marred the stadium’s reputation.
To add to this, Slaven Bilic’s first-team were forced to play the first four games of the season away from home due to Stratford hosting the 2017 World Athletics Championship.
Tomorrow will be the first time that Manchester United’s Development Squad have visited The Stadium and the fifth time that our youngsters have featured in it, after new Premier League rules about playing in first-team Grounds came into force last season.
Terry Westley is expected to welcome back a whole host of Players unto his starting Xl after The International Break saw many of them missing from the Yellow Submarine defeat.
Among the returning pack will be the likes of Nathan Trott, Martin Samuelsen, and Dan Kemp, while first-teamers Declan Rice, Edimilson Fernandes and Sam Byram will also feature.
Whereas, Ricky Sbragia is in a similar situation to his counterpart with many of his starlets away with their respective Nations and ready to return tomorrow.
Young stars James Wilson, Demetri Mitchell, Joe Riley and Matthew Olosunde are all expected to start for the visitors on their first trip to E20.
The Development Squads of West Ham United and Manchester United have met sparsely in recent years with the last meeting coming in Spring 2015 and in the form of a 3-2 victory for United.
Interestingly, Westley’s Boys have never beaten The Red Devils at U21 or U23 level with six meetings, five of which have been won by the opposition, with there being one draw along the way.
In contrast to the exploits of Jose Mourinho and United’s first-team who sit at the top of The Premier League, the U23 side are currently bottom of The PL2 Division One with five points.
However, Managed by former Sunderland Boss Ricky Sbragia, after taking over from Nicky Butt, their form is bound to pick up at some point during the course of the season.
The young Red Devils possess an incredible Trophy winning record across history, including 27 Manchester Senior Cups and 15 Lancashire senior Cups, not to mention two of the last three PDL Division One Titles.
Famous products of Manchester United’s Academy to have played for The Development squad include Footballing Greats such as Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, to mention a few.
So, now that all the action from The London Stadium’s first PL2 encounter of the season has been well and truly previewed, can our Hammer starlets make history by beating The Red Devils to move into the top four?
Or, will United finally show their teeth and get a slow season back on track with a resounding victory in East London? All will be revealed tomorrow afternoon.