PREVIEW: Manchester United V West Ham

How can I follow the game? Sunday afternoon’s match at Old Trafford kicks off at 16:30 GMT, but will not be broadcast live in the UK. However, MUTV subscribers can watch Match Day Live for all the pre-match build-up from 15:30 GMT and see the full match at midnight. Fans can also follow the proceedings with’s live blog or the club’s official Twitter account @ManUtd.  

Set the scene for me… The Reds’ emphatic midweek win over Feyenoord will have done much to buoy the spirits of United players following a frustrating 1-1 draw with Arsenal last weekend. A fluid attacking display, featuring a superb individual performance from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, yielded four goals and sets Mourinho’s men up perfectly for this one. West Ham, meanwhile, have endured a tough opening few months in the present campaign following an excellent 2015/16 season – they are currently sitting in 17th place with only three wins to their name. Issues surrounding their move to the London (previously Olympic) Stadium, have added to their on-field woes, but two draws at the Theatre of Dreams last season will give the Hammers hope of getting a result.

Tell me the latest team news… Jose Mourinho admitted that the aforementioned Henrikh Mkhitaryan was well within his rights to believe he should start against West Ham following a Man-of-the-Match display in the Europa League on Thursday, but competition will be stiff. With only Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly unavailable for United, the boss has something of a selection headache, albeit a welcome one. Elsewhere, the Hammers will be without the suspended Winston Reid, whose two bookable offences in the recent 3-2 defeat to Spurs rules him out of this clash. Former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will also miss out through injury, as will summer signing Arthur Masuaku, but United Academy graduate Ashley Fletcher could play a part.

He sounds familiar… That’s right, Ashley was on the fringes of the first-team squad at United last season after impressing at youth level for the club, but failed to make an appearance for Louis van Gaal’s side before sealing a summer move to London following a fine stint on loan at Barnsley. “I spent the majority of my youth career at Manchester United and learned a great deal during my time there,” the youngster told West Ham’s official website. “It will be good to go back there and show what I can do.”

What have our players said? “Everyone knows how important this game is. It is always the case in the Premier League and you can see by the table that it’s still so close. We know that we need the three points and that’s what we’ll go for.” – Daley Blind. 

Have you got any trivia for me? With 12 goals in 18 appearances against the east London side, it seems Wayne Rooney enjoys playing against the Hammers. If he scores one more at their expense on Sunday, he’ll equal the Reds’ all-time goals record of 249 set by Sir Bobby Charlton. Given he became the club’s leading European scorer on Thursday night, few would bet against him reaching another landmark this weekend.

View from the opposition… “They played well in the Europa League, but they need points in the Premier League, so it will be a big game for both teams. We know that United away will always be difficult.” – West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

What’s going on elsewhere? Here’s a full list of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures…

Saturday 26 November (15:00 GMT unless stated)
Burnley v Manchester City, 12:30
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Middlesbrough
Liverpool v Sunderland
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, 17:30 

Sunday 27 November
Watford v Stoke City, 12:00
Arsenal v Bournemouth, 14:15
Southampton v Everton, 16:30