Manchester United vs West Ham United
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Saturday, 9th September 2017
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Stoke City started the season with a 1-0 away defeat at Everton. But they were quick to bounce back with a narrow win of the same magnitude at the expense of Arsenal. Then, they almost snatched another three points away at West Brom. But an unlucky own-goal at the death resulted in a 1-1 stalemate. Despite the result, Mark Hughes can take plenty of positives from his team as they look solid on all departments of play.
On the other hand, Manchester United made a solid start to their campaign with three wins on the bounce. And they scored 10 goals in total and are yet to conceded one. The new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic were quick to settle down with their new team mates. While the biggest praise has to go to Paul Pogba, who bossed the midfield in all three games and got himself in the score sheet on two occasions.
Ryan Shawcross has a back injury that will keep him sidelined for the reception of Manchester United, which will see Kevin Wimmer make his debut following his £18m arrival from Tottenham.
Former United duo Darren Fletcher and Mame Biram Diouf are expected to overcome knee probles, while Kurt Zouma’s ankle injury will need to be assessed.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting sustained a hamstring injury during the international break and could be replaced in attack by Saido Berahino or Peter Crouch.
Jose Mourinho could make some changes to his usual XI with one eye on their Champions League opener next week. Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are suspended for Wednesday’s match, which could see Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof make their first league appearances of the season this weekend to ensure they are not undercooked for the reception of Basel.
Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Matteo Darmian will also be pushing for game time here.
Manchester United re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the end of the transfer window but he isn’t expected to make a full recovery from a serious knee injury until the end of the year. Marcos Rojo is another long-term absentee.
Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are both closing in on returns after stepping up their respective recoveries for United’s underage sides.
HEAD TO HEAD [H2H]
21st Jan 17 England – Premier League Stoke City : Manchester United 1:1
02nd Oct 16 England – Premier League Manchester United : Stoke City 1:1
02nd Feb 16 England – Premier League Manchester United : Stoke City 3:0
26th Dec 15 England – Premier League Stoke City : Manchester United 2:0
Man Utd are undefeated in 30 of their last 32 matches (Premier League).
Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 5 matches (Premier League).
Man Utd are undefeated in 17 of their last 19 matches against Stoke in all competitions.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Stoke‘s last 4 games (Premier League).
Stoke have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against Man Utd in all competitions.
Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches (Premier League).
Manchester United to Win.