Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the day that current West Ham United manager David Moyes was announced as The Chosen One, to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson. You know how that story ended, as the Scot lasted less than a full season.
He has since recovered from that disaster, and on the eve of this anniversary, he’ll take on the very same Manchester United at the London Stadium.
Manchester United at West Ham FYIs
Kickoff: Sun May 7, 7pm, London Stadium
Starting XI Prediction: West Ham Man United
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PL Form: West Ham LLLWD Man United LWDWW
PL Standings: West Ham 15th 34 pts Man United 4th 63 pts
Google Result Probability: West Ham 29% Draw 26% Man United 45%
Moyes will be without the services of several key players, including central defender Kurt Zouma, who has an ankle injury. Fellow defender Vladimir Coufal tweaked a hamstring in the loss at Manchester City while the trio of Declan Rice, Nayef Aguerd and Tomas Soucek all missed that match due to an unspecified illness.
The trio have returned to training, but Moyes didn’t confirm their availability for Sunday.
The Hammers are still looking to clinch Premier League safety, but they have to balance the relegation scrap with a Conference League semi-final against AZ Alkmaar.
The first leg of two takes place next Thursday. Will Moyes do some squad rotation? Probably not.
“I’ve always said the Premier League is the priority,” Moyes, 60, said.
“But when you are starting to talk about a semi-final in Europe you’re talking about another decision. If we play to our best we will give any team a very good match. If we do that then we will gain the extra points we need.”
West Ham United Starting XI Prediction vs Man United
Fabianski; Coufal, Ogbonna, Kehrer, Emerson; Bowen, Paqueta, Downes; Benrahma, Ings, Antonio
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