Manchester United travel to London to face West Ham in hopes to seize a second-place finish. Mourinho and his team expect to have something to show for before they return home.
Even though West Ham were in the relegation zone as recent as week 21, they have been playing solidly since then. With the hiring of coach David Moyes and a reinvigorated attack, West Ham are a real threat to any team.
Still, Manchester United aren’t just any team. They are tied with rival club Manchester City for the most clean sheets this season and have many scoring options. What’s more, with Mourinho as manager, United have won 3 out of 4 times in this matchup.
It wasn’t pretty for the East Londoners the last time these teams faced each other. United dominated with a 4-0 victory. They showed a strong defense and the majority of their attack was through striker, Romelu Lukaku. Fortunately for West Ham, Lukaku will be unavailable for this game because of an ankle injury.
Also, this trouncing was before West Ham were reborn in late 2017. Now, they have a pair of healthy and focused forwards in Hernandez (unavailable tonight) and Arnautovic, scoring 8 and 10 goals respectively this year. In addition, the defense is fresh off of a 2-0 victory over Leicester – denying both Vardy and Mahrez a chance to get to the back of the net.
Even though Arnautovic will miss fellow striker Hernandez, midfielders João Mário and Manuel Lanzini are very capable compliments to his attack. United’s offense, on the other hand, will have to rely on a group of young forwards and the more experienced Alexis Sanchez.
All things considered, this match is far from decided. West Ham have vastly improved since their first meeting with United this year but the Red Devils will fight hard for a second-place finish.