Manchester United Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Sunday 08 Feb 2015 00:00:00
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West Ham United will be glad to return to on pitch matters, but they face a tough test as Manchester United arrive in East London this afternoon. After a week which has seen the Hammers escape FA Cup elimination but fined £71,000 due to Diafra Sakho's involvement in the fourth round win at Bristol City, together with an uneventful transfer deadline day, they will be hoping to end United's current unbeaten run.

The hosts will also want to end United's perfect record at Upton Park, as they will look to record their first victory since 2007.

The corresponding fixture last season saw the Red Devils secure the points by racing into a 2-0 lead with striker Wayne Rooney lobbing goalkeeper Adrian from the halfway-line to open the scoring when they were under the stewardship of David Moyes.

The visitors were also fortunate to win the reverse fixture in September, as an equaliser from club captain Kevin Nolan was ruled out for offside. Had that have counted, the East Londoners would have headed home with a share of the points.

Just like last week, West Ham will go into the game the fresher of the two sides, as their opponents had to deal with a FA Cup replay in midweek but given the calibre of the opposition, it will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Andy Carroll will miss the game after sustaining a ankle injury in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield last weekend, while Winston Reid, James Collins, Carl Jenkinson and Guy Demel are all doubtful, meaning Joey O'Brien could retain his place if required. James Tomkins is set to make a return after suffering a calf injury which kept him out of the trip to Merseyside eight days ago.

On a more positive note, Sam Allardyce is set to welcome back Sakho after he was advised not to play against the Reds by his country, even though they had already been knocked out of the African Nations Cup. Cheikou Kouyate could also feature.

The match is a 4:15pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by Sky Sports from 4pm. The referee is Mark Clattenburg.

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