Preview - West Ham United vs Manchester United 11 May 2018

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Match Day 37
West Ham United vs Manchester United
Friday, May 11th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: D D L L W
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.86
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic (10)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: L W W W L
Average goals per match: 1.86
Average goals against per match: 0.78
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (16)

Much of the heat has been taken out of this fixture with West Ham having secured their Premier League status with victory at Leicester at the weekend. A big sigh of relief for David Moyes and his men, with the pressure now off headed into their penultimate home game of the season. So tight is it down the bottom that should West Ham manage to finish with back to back wins, they may even finish in the top half of the table.

Manchester United need just one more point to secure second place in the Premier League, which with Champions League qualification in the bag, is the only real remaining incentive in the League for the Red Devils, although they of course still have the FA Cup final to come.

Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid, Sam Byram and Michail Antonio all miss out for West Ham. Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are both nursing slight knocks and seem unlikely to be risked here with that big Cup Final in mind.

Given Manchester United's loss last week to Brighton, in a game in which they struggled to create in the absence of Lukaku, and the fact that West Ham should be on a high having secured their safety, this looks a close call. We suspect United will produce a good performance here though, particularly with the situation surrounding Sir Alex Ferguson, and expect the visitors to find a way to win.

 Prediction: West Ham United 1 - 3 Manchester United

Harry85

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May 11, 2018, 05:49 AM Last Edit: May 11, 2018, 05:52 AM by Harry85
Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots: 9 - 16
Shots on target: 2 - 6
Corner Kicks: 1 - 6
Possession: 44% - 56%

Just the two players attracting the ire of referee Jon Moss here, with West Ham's Mark Noble and Manchester United's Paul Pogba each receiving an 88th minute yellow card for a bout of scrimmaging.

Neither side can really be blamed given the exertions of recent weeks, but this was just about the definition of a late season contest with not all that much at stake for either side.

Manchester United did have the best of it overall, an observation which is backed up by the stats, but overall, they were unable to convert their superiority.

Most of the goalmouth action came in the first half, with seven of the eight shots on target in the game coming in the opening 45 minutes. A flurry from United just after the 20 minute mark, seeing them look likely to break the deadlock, but a Luke Shaw effort against the post was as close as they came. 0-0 at the interval.

Just about the most excitement of the second half came with Noble and Pogba's late disagreement. There wasn't all that much in Noble's hands to Pogba's face, but I've seen players sent off for less. It would have been unusual for a match to have been played at three quarters pace throughout to have featured a red card though.

0-0 final score at the London Stadium.

Needing a point to lock up second spot for the season, a point is exactly what Jose Mourinho's men got, ensuring it will be the two Manchester clubs who look down on the rest this season. One man who may be happier than most with the final score-line is Manchester United keeper David De Gea. An eighteenth clean sheet of the season ensures the stopper will win the Premier League golden gloves this year.

No great significance in the result for West Ham. The Hammers moving up to 39 points but remaining in 15th spot as the season draws to a close.



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