Jesse Lingard Scores Storybook Match-Winning Goal at West Ham

“That’s life” is a famous classic standard by Frank Sinatra about the ups and downs that all of us experience has we got about our lives, and just how quickly our fortunes and misfortunes can change. When it comes to highs and lows, at least for this week in the sporting world, perhaps no one knows that better than Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.

Having committed the fatal error that conceded the game winning goal at Young Boys in midweek, in UCL competition, the English international was the prime scapegoat for the European defeat.

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Man United at West Ham News: Ronaldo, Pogba, Benrahma

While Manchester United have absolutely dominated West Ham United lately, today’s clash at the London Stadium still provides them with an opportunity to prove something this season. Yes, they enter the Sunday matinee top of the table, but the Hammers will be the best opponent that they have faced, thus far, on the young season.

They’re also coming off a shocking upset loss in midweek to Young Boys, in the UCL, so there are a multitude of reasons why United will be extra motivated to get the win here. Let’s do the first half news and notes!

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Jadon Sancho Benched at West Ham After Slow Start with United

Jadon Sancho seemingly needs some kind of transition or settling in period at Manchester United. He has yet to score in a United shirt, and he hasn’t been the same kind of player for the Red Devils that he was for Borussia Dortmund.

This is a storyline that has gone relatively overlooked due to the all the hype and hoopla surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo. While Ronaldo announced his re-arrival with authority, Sancho is yet to open his account, and thus, he began today’s Premier League fixture at West Ham United on the bench.

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Chelsea Winger Christian Pulisic Still Struggling with Injury Problems

Christian Pulisic was once asked by a reporter if he’s injury-prone, and of course he rejected the narrative. Pretty much any top tier professional athlete would, as there really is only one way to answer that question.

Unfortunately, the opposite seems to be true. Pulisic suffered an ankle injury during the last international break, during the United States’ World Cup Qualifying win over Honduras. He’s been out of action ever since, and he’s confirmed out for the London derby at Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow.

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West Ham Team News, Starting XI Prediction vs Man United

Sunday sees West Ham United host Manchester United in a match-up that looks really unfavorable for the home side. The Irons have been hammered by United over the course of the last 20 matches and tomorrow doesn’t look, at least on paper, like it’ll be any better.

The visitors, currently on a historically stellar run of away form, are heavily favored. This will be the first of two meetings within four days between the two sides. They’ll line ’em up again on Wednesday in the EFL Cup, but for now, let’s preview this match.

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Manchester United Starting XI Prediction at West Ham United

If Jesse Lingard features for Manchester United on Sunday, it will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets from the London Stadium crowd. He really impressed while wearing the claret-and-blue shirt in 2021.

His purple patch loan stint, plus his lack of a role at United, made many wonder if he was going to pick the permanent switch to east London. However, it appears that he’s going to stay put right now and fight for his place.

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#10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Purdue Boilermakers Game Preview

This week brings a sense of symmetry and symbolism as Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will tie Knute Rockne for most wins in school history should he defeat the opponent in front of him on Saturday. That opponent is the Purdue Boilermakers, the very first team he faced as ND coach back in 2010.

“I see it a little differently,” Kelly said of the approaching milestone. “It means longevity. It means stability. It means winning. But it doesn’t mean anything else relative to comparisons or who’s better. Those things don’t mean much to me. I came here to do a job, and that was to bring Notre Dame back to its winning traditions.”

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Man United Team News at West Ham: McTominay, Cavani

How is this for a one-sided series? West Ham United have only won once in their past 19 league games versus Manchester United. They have suffered 13 losses and managed five draws over that time. However, United haven’t really been able to really stack those wins on top of each other, lately, in this series.

If the visitors triumph here, it would mark three in a row in the league over the Hammers for the first time since Sept. 2014. So with that in mind let’s preview! We’ll do it again a couple more days down the road, as these two sides will meet again in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

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Chelsea FC Starting XI Prediction at Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea FC have truly dominated Tottenham Hotspur over the course of their Premier League series, and hence they are considerable favorites in Sunday’s headliner fixture. The bookmakers have Spurs are priced at (+340) while Chelsea can be had for (-130). Meanwhile a draw is backed (+265).

Romelu Lukaku has been everything Stamford Bridge could have asked for and more. As Blues boss Thomas Tuchel has pointed out, he gives them exactly what they need, both on and off the pitch.

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Chelsea Team News vs Tottenham: Christian Pulisic, N’Golo Kante

In assessing the headliner feature of the Premier League weekend, Chelsea at Tottenham, let’s take a look at some very telling stats. Tottenham have conceded more Premier League goals against Chelsea (103) then they have against any other opponent in the history of the PL.

Spurs have lost more times in the PL (31) to Chelsea, then they have to anyone else, other than Manchester United. Additionally, should they lose here, it would then mark three league losses in a row at home to the Blues, something which hasn’t happened since 2004.

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Chelsea FC Transfer Talk: Antonio Rudiger, Timo Werner

This Thursday brings us some Chelsea FC transfer talk to sink our teeth into ahead of the previews for the London derby on Sunday. All summer long, Chelsea was linked with a move to acquire Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, but the price was just too high.

Stamford Bridge moved on and signed Romelu Lukaku instead, and this left Timo Werner, who moved over from the Bundesliga just last summer, in a less than optimal position.

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Romelu Lukaku a ‘super communicator,’ says Thomas Tuchel

Romelu Lukaku is the best Premier League player, making the biggest splash right now, this side of Cristiano Ronaldo. He is exactly what Chelsea needed/needs, at this exact moment, to give them a very realistic shot of retaining the Champions League crown.

And of course to mount a real Premier League title challenge too. Everyone has been singing the praises of Big Rom lately, from Peter Schmeichel to Jamie Carragher and many more; including his manager Thomas Tuchel too.

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