Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Apr 2 saw them lose ground on the Premier League (PL) top four. It marked what was (as of Apr 9) their third game in succession to yield that scoreline and see one team score consecutive match goals.
United’s PL home form alone offers no respite in that regard either, with just one of their last nine league matches here seeing them keep a clean sheet. In each of the last three home PL games where the ‘Red Devils’ have conceded, their opponent on the day has scored in the 75th minute or later.
The home fans in attendance will be pleased to note that West Ham’s last four matches (W1, L3) have seen them concede 2+ goals, with each seeing them trail by a two-goal margin at one point, and all the defeats ending 2-0. All four games also saw West Ham lose the first half.
Worse yet, after a run of three successive PL away wins in December, West Ham have now taken just a single point from the last 21 available on the road (D1, L6). All of the six defeats in that sequence have yielded a blank for West Ham.
Players to watch: Respectively, each of Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku’s last three home league goals for United have arrived in the first and second half.
With a brace at Southampton (Dec 27), Felipe Anderson remains the last West Ham man to score in an away league match from open play.
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Stat attack: Manchester United last suffered a league double of defeats against West Ham back in 2006/07.
West Ham’s last two away PL games have seen them lose the first half 1-0.
Overall, five of West Ham’s last seven matches have seen them concede first.
Will not play
Referee: Scott G. (Eng),
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)
Graham Scott will referee today’s match.