Without tempting the fate of the gods too much, no team has won at Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and City in the same Premier League season so we’re looking pretty good for yet another win at Old Trafford (it’s been a little while since we could say that).
Yeah, sure we look a little dodgy up front and our inability to really turn the screws on attack has meant we’ve let some games go like our last Champions League performance. But we’re yet to lose a Premier League game at home this season and, in only conceding one Premier League goal (and that was that stunner in September) at home, we are odds-on favourites with http://aussiebet.com/ to send the Hammers packing back to London empty handed.
In saying that, Van Gaal’s playing style hasn’t been winning any fans and if you were in the boots of some of the players, you’d have to feel at least a little bit of the pressure to really come up with some game breaking brilliance needed to spark the Red Devils which could force a mistake from us. However, I think Van Gaal has us so fine tuned that we’re not going to make a mistake against a (reasonably) toothless West Ham.
Jesse Lingard will slot back into the starting team after recovering from a hamstring injury after Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Anders Herrera and most recently Wayne Rooney were all ruled out of the weekend’s action. While United’s injury toll isn’t ideal, we can find solace in the fact that we’re not playing a completely fit and firing West Ham outfit who have only claimed 2 points out of a possible 12.
Combine that with the fact that West Ham have lost seven successive Premier League games at Old Trafford and have won only twice there in the Premier League era and they’ll be without their three most influential players in Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia, you would have to back the devils.
Stat of the match: Man Utd have not lost any of the seven PL games they’ve played without Wayne Rooney in the Louis van Gaal era
Prediction: United 2-0