West Ham V Man United Preview

After an International break, Manchester United return to Premier League action with an away game against West Ham.

Team News

West Ham:

The Hammers are hoping to have Scott Parker available for tomorrows game after picking up shoulder and calf injuries whilst playing for England.

Robbie Keane will return to the squad after missing the 0-0 draw against Tottenham due to not being able to play against his parent club. Frederic Piquionne will also return to the squad after recovering from a foot injury.

Jack Collinson and Junior Stanislas will both miss the game.

Man United:

Nemanja Vidic is fit after playing 90 minutes for Serbia, also fit is Michael Owen. Anderson and Ji-Sung Park will both travel down to London.

Jonny Evans is not available to due to suspension after being shown a red card against in United's last league game against Bolton.

Rio Ferdinand has returned to training but will not play tomorrow. Rafael Da Silva has also returned to training and also will not be involved tomorrow. Wes Brown and John O'Shea are both expected to return to training on Monday. Darren Fletcher is still out with a virus but may return to training on Monday.

League Positions

Man United are top of the Premier League table, five points ahead of their closest rivals Arsenal, but United have played an extra game.

West Ham are sitting just above the relegation zone, level on points with 18th place Wolves.

Both Man United and West Ham have played 30 games in the League, Man United have picked up 63 points and West Ham have picked up 32 points.

Man United and West Ham played each other in the league at Old Trafford back in August, which United won 3-0. Wayne Rooney (penalty), Luis Nani and Dimitar Berbatov were the goal scorers.

Most Recent Meeting

The two sides played each other on the 20th November in the Carling Cup, which saw West Ham thrash United 4-0 at Upton Park.

West Ham went through to the Carling Cup semi-finals thanks to goals from Jonathan Spector (x2) and Carlton Cole (x2).


There have been 121 matches played between the two clubs, which have seen 55 Man United wins, 42 West Ham wins and 24 draws.

Out of the 121 matches 111 of them have been league games. Man United have won 51 of the league games, lost 37 of them and there have been 23 draws.

Recent Form

West Ham: DLWWW

19th March: Tottenham 0-0 West Ham (Premier League)
13th March: Stoke 2-1 West Ham (FA Cup)
5th March: West Ham 3-0 Stoke (Premier League)
27th February: West Ham 3-1 Liverpool (Premier League)
21st February: West Ham 5-1 Burnley (FA Cup)

Man United: WWWLL

19th March: Man United 1-0 Bolton (Premier League)
15th March: Man United 2-1 Marseille (Champions League)
12th March: Man United 2-0 Arsenal (FA Cup)
6th March: Liverpool 3-1 Man United (Premier League)
1st March: Chelsea 2-1 Man United (Premier League)


Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Darren Cann and Patrick Keane
Fourth Official: Stuart Atwell

Lee Mason has officiated 26 games this season, showing 104 yellow cards and five red cards.

Mason has refereed two games involving Man United this season, which were the 3-2 home win against Wolves in the Carling Cup and the 1-1 draw away to Birmingham in the league.

He has also refereed two games involving West Ham, their 1-1 away draw against Stoke and the 3-3 away draw against West Brom.


Arsenal are at home to Blackburn in Saturday's evening kick-off. Chelsea are away to Stoke, Tottenham are away to Wigan and Manchester City play on Sunday, which is a home game against Sunderland.

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