Manchester United will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they take on West Ham United on Saturday after enduring four defeats from their last five games, a far cry from the results they had produced before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was promoted from interim manager to permanent manager.
Two back to back league losses have seen the Red devils derail and plumell into fifth place. They’re now out of the FA Cup and 1-0 down against Barcelona in their double legged Champions League tie, no thanks to an own goal by Luke Shaw.
Two Premier league defeats is as many as they had endured in their 22 previous games. With Manchester City and Chelsea the next two visitors to Old Trafford, Norwegian gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that this game against the Hammers is a must win for his side if any glimmer of hope of playing Champions League football next term still remains.
Recent form (premier league): D W W L W L
West Ham United
West Ham have alternated between wins and defeats through the season under the reins of Manuel Pellegrini. They earn praises in one week and face criticisms in the next – an abstract summary of their performance so far.
Three points from the last 12 available had left the Hammers in 11th place, though only five points away from seventh-placedW olverhampton Wanderers.
Should things go according to plan and Manchester City wins the FA Cup, the seventh-placed team could have a chance at European football and it’s on this that West Ham gaffer, Manuel Pellegrini has his eyes.
Consequently, a win from henceforth is necessary to see their hopes and aspirations reality.
Recent form (premier league): L W L W L L
Possible Starting Line-Up
De Gea; Dalot, Smalling, Lindelof, Rojo; Fred, McTominay, Pogba; Lingard, Lukaku, Martial
Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Rice, Obiang, Anderson; Arnautovic, Hernandez