West Ham vs. Manchester United Prediction: Will Man U Bounce Back From Disappointing Midweek Result?
When: Sunday, September, 19 - 9:00 AM ET
Where: London Stadium, London
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No Michail Antonio, No Party
After a superb start to their EPL campaign with two wins a row against Newcastle and Leicester, West Ham enters this match being winless in their previous two domestic games. A crazy 2-2 against Crystal Palace (at home) and a goalless draw against Southampton on the road.
Michail Antonio was sent off against the Saints with the unnecessary red card coming due to a frustrating afternoon for the entire squad. It was the first unconvincing performance from the top Premier League scorer, and the red card was well deserved. Still, it was a massive error from the experienced striker, and that will cost West Ham as, unfortunately, he's irreplaceable. After his suspension, Nikola Vlasic and Jarrod Bowen will be given their chance to shine and try to pull off the upset beating the Red Devils.
The Hammers kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 away win against Dinamo Zagreb, with Antonio and Declan Rice contributing on the scoreboard. After giving Nikola Vlasic his debut against Southampton, David Moyes offered Kurt Zouma his debut against the Croatian team. He will probably become a starter for the hosts and make his 1st Premier League appearance on Sunday against Man United.
United Ready To Return To Winning Ways
After a busy summer transfer window, securing the signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and a great start to their EPL season, we all expected United to kick-off their Champions League campaign with an easy win against Young Boys. But, unfortunately, that was not the case.
Unexpectedly, they dropped the three points with Aaron Wan-Bissaka being red-carded in the 1st half and Lingard's 'superb' weak back-pass in the last minute of the match. Not just that but Solskjaer's strange decision to take off Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo and replace them with Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard was probably worse than Lingard's assist.
You are Man United; you should attack and fight for the win even with a man down because you played Young Boys, not Bayern Munich. You transformed 'Young Boys' into 'Experienced Adults.' There is no way for the fans to accept this type of attitude. You are one of the best teams in the Premier League and Europe, you invested a lot to create a world-class team, and you are playing for a draw against Young Boys?
They must now bounce back and maintain their EPL lead with a win against West Ham. Despite the great start to their season, it feels like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be under real pressure. The following 2-3 weeks will be crucial for his future as he must deliver after being gifted with such a squad.
West Ham vs. Manchester United Prediction
West Ham scored in 5 of their last 6 Premier League head-to-heads against Man United. They are unbeaten so far this season, but they are missing their top striker.
On the other side, Man United is eager to return to winning ways and show that the negative result from the Champions League was just a mistake. They have all the ingredients to be title contenders and have a deep UCL season. Pace, skills, individual quality, attacking firepower, set pieces, explosion, brilliant playmakers, they are packed with the best weapons. They only need to click and become a real team.
West Ham scored 10 goals in 4 matches, with Antonio netting 4 and offering 3 assists. He was involved in 70% of the goals this season. Who will score for West Ham? Jarrod Bowen is not a bad player, but we don't expect them to be at the same level. The host will struggle to find the back of the net.
Man United should score at least two on their own, so we have two betting picks for this game.