duminică, 8 februarie 2015

Preview: West Ham vs Manchester Utd

West Ham vs Manchester Utd

Manchester United travel to the capital on Sunday to take on West Ham looking to reclaim third place in the Premier League standings.

The Red Devils traded places in the table with Southampton, who secured a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday thanks to a last-gasp winner from Sadio Mane.

Louis van Gaal's side have the opportunity to leapfrog the Saints with a third successive win in the league, having beaten QPR and Leicester in their last two outings.

The Hammers have struggled for form of late, with last weekend's 2-0 loss to Liverpool seeing them take just nine points from their last eight top-flight encounters.

Sam Allardyce's men have managed only two wins in that run - triumphing 2-0 over the Foxes and 3-0 against Hull - which has left them six points adrift of the European places in eighth spot.

Allardyce has a defensive dilemma on his hands for the visit of United, with injuries to Winston Reid and James Collins (both hamstring) leaving him with just one fit centre-back.

However, Cheikhou Kouyate could be drafted in at the heart of defence after the Senegal midfielder recovered from an ankle problem.

Striker Andy Carroll is rated doubtful with an ankle knock he sustained against the Reds, while defender Doneil Henry and midfielder Diego Poyet both miss out through injury.

Van Gaal's injury woes have almost completely subsided, with midfielder Michael Carrick the only absentee due to a calf strain picked up in training last week.

Defender Jonny Evans and winger Ashley Young made their respective comebacks from injury on Tuesday in United's FA Cup replay success over Cambridge United.

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