West Ham will be looking to make it seven points from nine Premier League games when Manchester United visit the London Stadium on Saturday.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 8-0 in the EFL Cup in midweek and will be hoping to carry that momentum into the clash.
Jose Mourinho’s side are fighting among themselves and faltering badly. The league is probably already gone, they’re just looking to regain some form and unity.
We’ve got a detailed preview of the match below…
West Ham have beaten United just five teams in the Premier League, with three of those victories coming at home.
The most recent league triumph came in the final league match to be played at Upton Park, with Winston Reid sealing a 3-2 win after a topsy-turvy clash.
The sides’ last meeting was a drab 0-0 draw at the end of last season; Saturday’s encounter is sure to be a more hotly-contested encounter.
Just as United looked as if they might be getting their act together, they faltered again. Consecutive away wins against Burnley, Young Boys and Watford calmed the talk of a crisis brought on by losses against Brighton and Spurs.
Then the Reds were outplayed by and fortunate to draw with Wolves and Derby on their own patch, with the latter dumping them out of the EFL Cup. United do not go into this one in good nick.
Former Manchester United man Chicharito’s hopes of facing his old club have been dashed by glandular fever, but talisman Marko Arnautovic is fit to play.
Carlos Sanchez joined the list of long-term absentees on Wednesday; which of course already includes Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll.
For the visitors, Marcos Rojo is the only long-term absentee. Otherwise, Mourinho has a full squad of players to select from.
Romelu Lukaku’s record against West Ham is simply staggering. In 13 games against the Hammers in all competitions, the Belgian has 11 goals.
He scored every time he faced the Irons in an Everton shirt, with the exception of one game. But he made up for that by bagging twice on the only occasion he has encountered West Ham in United red.
The superstitious among the fanbase may feel the Hammers are already 1-0 down. Those who prefer to look at the evidence on the pitch may be more buoyant.
Lukaku’s link play is still substandard and he is wasteful in front of goal; missed opportunities against Brighton, Spurs, Burnley, Watford and Derby bear that out.
Superstition suggests he will score; his form suggests otherwise.
The Hammers have a genuine chance of winning this one. Keeping Chelsea out last weekend was a harder challenge than facing United will be and confidence is sure to be higher now.
United always cede chances and rely on David de Gea to keep them out. If West Ham are clinical, they can win this one. 2-0 to the Hammers.