WEST HAM UNITED v MANCHESTER UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 2013
KICK-OFF: 7.45PM
REFEREE: LEE PROBERT

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Introduction

• West Ham United host Manchester United for the second time this season, having held the Barclays Premier League leaders to a thrilling 2-2 draw in the FA Cup with Budweiser third round on 5 January. The Red Devils won the replay 1-0 at Old Trafford - the same scoreline by which they won the reverse league fixture in Manchester in November.

• Both sides go into the game on a high following encouraging away performances at the weekend. West Ham drew 1-1 at Southampton on Saturday thanks to Andy Carroll's second-half equaliser, while Michael Carrick and a Robin van Persie penalty fired Manchester United to a 2-0 win at Stoke City on Sunday.

• West Ham United start the night in 12th place, having collected 38 points from 32 matches, while Manchester United are 15 points clear at the top, having amassed 80 points from the same number of games.

• Manchester United have won the last eight Barclays Premier League meetings between the two sides. West Ham United's last win came at the Boleyn Ground on 29 December 2007 as Anton Ferdinand (77) cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener (14) before Matthew Upson scored an 82nd-minute winner.

• West Ham United stopper Jussi Jaaskelainen has made more saves (138) than any other goalkeeper in the Barclays Premier League this season.

• Manchester United striker Robin van Persie scored the fastest goal in the Premier League this season after 33 seconds when the two sides met in November.


Team news

West Ham United

• Sam Allardyce welcomes back centre-back Winston Reid (thigh) and midfielder Mark Noble (arm) from injury, but centre-back James Tomkins is out after hurting his calf at Southampton on Saturday.

• Left-back George McCartney is out with a knee injury, while Joe Cole is not expected to recover from a hamstring problem in time to feature.

• Rob Hall (Bolton Wanderers), Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City), Paul McCallum (Aldershot Town) and Alou Diarra (Stade Rennais) are out on loan.

Manchester United

• Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to make changes from the side that won 2-0 at Stoke City on Sunday.

• England striker Wayne Rooney could revert to his usual position upfront after playing in midfield at Stoke City on Sunday, with Tom Cleverley coming into his place midfield. Shinji Kagawa could make way for Rooney.

• England winger Ashley Young is out with an ankle problem, while midfielders Paul Scholes (knee) and Darren Fletcher (illness) are also sidelined.


Previous meeting

• The two teams last met at Old Trafford on 16 January 2013 in an FA Cup with Budweiser third-round replay. Manchester United edged through 1-0 thanks to Wayne Rooney's well-placed ninth-minute shot.

The teams that day were:

Manchester United: Lindegaard, Buttner, Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Valencia, Anderson (Carrick 67), Giggs, Nani (Scholes 77), Rooney, Hernandez
Subs not used: Amos, Kagawa, Ferdinand, Welbeck, Van Persie

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Potts, Reid, Tomkins, Spence, Diame (Collison 65), Taylor, O'Neil, Diarra, C.Cole (Nolan 65), Vaz Te (Lee 78)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Demel, Lletget, Jarvis


Last time out

Saturday 13 April 2013
Barclays Premier League
Southampton 1-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Tomkins (Pogatetz 64), Collins, Vaz Te (Taylor 85), Jarvis (Collison 58), Diame, Nolan, O'Neil, Carroll
Subs not used: Henderson, Potts, C.Cole, Paulista
Goals: Carroll 66

Sunday 14 April 2013
Barclays Premier League 
Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United
Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Van Persie, Rooney, Valencia, Carrick, Kagawa, Hernandez (Welbeck 78)
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Buttner, Cleverley, Smalling, Giggs, Evans
Goals: Carrick 4, Van Persie 66 (pen)


Us and Them

• The first meeting between West Ham United and Manchester United came on 25 February 1911 in the FA Cup third round. The Southern League First Division Hammers upset the Division One Red Devils 2-1 at the Boleyn Ground, with Thomas Caldwell and Danny Shea scoring the goals for the hosts and Sandy Turnbull netting for the visitors.

• The first league meeting between West Ham United and Manchester United took place at Old Trafford on Christmas Day 1922. Billy Brown and Billy Moore ensured it would be a happy Christmas for the Hammers by scoring in a 2-1 Division Two victory, with Arthur Lochhead replying for the hosts. Twenty-four hours later, on Boxing Day, Lochhead scored both goals as the Red Devils won 2-0 at the Boleyn Ground. West Ham would go on to be promoted as runners-up, while Manchester United would finish fourth.

• West Ham United's biggest-ever win over Manchester United came at the Boleyn Ground on 11 October 1930. A Viv Gibbins hat-trick inspired the Hammers to a 5-1 Division One victory, with Jim Barrett and Jimmy Ruffell also on the score sheet. Tommy Reid scored for the visitors.

• The largest crowd to witness a West Ham United versus Manchester United fixture at the Boleyn Ground was the 41,892 who saw Clyde Best, Bryan 'Pop' Robson and Geoff Hurst net in a 3-0 Division One victory on New Year's Day 1972.

• Manchester United's biggest win over West Ham United came at Old Trafford on 1 April 2000. Paul Scholes scored a treble in a 7-1 Premier League win. Denis Irwin, Andrew Cole, David Beckham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the other goals, with Paulo Wanchope on target for the Hammers.

• Wednesday's visitors also triumphed by a six-goal margin on 26 January 2003, when they won 6-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round - their biggest-ever FA Cup success against the Hammers. Ryan Giggs, who could feature today, scored twice.

• West Ham United have beaten Manchester United twice in 16 meetings with the Red Devils at the Boleyn Ground. Nigel-Reo Coker scored the only goal on 17 December 2006 before Matthew Upson and Anton Ferdinand headed goals in a 2-1 victory on 29 December 2007.

• Manchester United have won on each of their previous three Premier League visits to the Boleyn Ground, scoring nine goals and conceding two - a pair of Mark Noble penalties in a 4-2 victory on their most-recent visit on 2 April 2011.

• West Ham United's last eight goals scored against Manchester United have all been scored in pairs - Carlton Cole and Jonathan Spector (November 2010), Mark Noble (April 2011) and James Collins (January 2013).

• Wednesday's fixture marks the 126th competitive fixture between West Ham United and Manchester United. The Hammers have won 42, the Red Devils have won 58 and there have been 25 draws.


Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

16 January 2013 Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United (FA Cup with Budweiser third round replay)
5 January 2013 West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United (FA Cup with Budweiser third round)
28 November 2012 Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
2 April 2011 West Ham United 2-4 Manchester United
30 November 2010 West Ham United 4-0 Manchester United (Carling Cup fifth round)
28 August 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United

Overall record v Manchester United (all competitions) W 42 D 25 L 58


Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)

Manchester United

2011/12 Premier League 2nd (89 points)
2010/11 Premier League 1st (80 points)
2009/10 Premier League 2nd (85 points)
2008/09 Premier League 1st (90 points)
2007/08 Premier League 1st (87 points)
2006/07 Premier League 1st (89 points)
2005/06 Premier League 2nd (83 points)
2004/05 Premier League 3rd (77 points)
2003/04 Premier League 3rd (75 points)
2002/03 Premier League 1st (83 points)


Referee

• Wednesday evening's referee will be Lee Probert.

• Forty-year-old Probert will refeee a West Ham United fixture for the third time this season, having also been the man in the middle for the 3-2 home defeat by Liverpool on 9 December and the 1-0 home win over Swansea City on 2 February.

• He began refereeing in 1986 before being promoted to the Football League assistant referees' list in 1998, and made the step up to referee in the league five years later.

• Probert was promoted to the Select Group of Premier League referees in summer 2007.

• In 2010, he took charge of the FA Trophy final between Barrow and Stevenage Borough at Wembley, before returning to the Home of Football to act as fourth official for the 2011 FA Cup final between Manchester City and Stoke City.

• In 29 matches this season, Probert has shown 88 yellow cards, four red cards and awarded nine penalties, including one to West Ham in the aforementioned 3-2 defeat by Liverpool here in December.

• In all, he has refereed West Ham eleven times and Manchester United on eight occasions previously.

• On Wednesday, Probert will be assisted by Ron Ganfield and Harry Lennard, while the fourth official is Andre Marriner.


Old boys

• Manchester United have two former West Ham United players in their squad. England defender Rio Ferdinand made 158 appearances for the club between May 1996 and November 2000, scoring two goals. Midfielder Michael Carrick scored six goals in 159 appearances between July 1999 and May 2004.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Jonathan Spector, Roy Carroll, Noel Cantwell, Luke Chadwick, Billy Grassam, Paul Ince, Ralph Milne, Frederick Milnes, Ravel Morrison, Frank O'Farrell, Stuart Pearson, Les Sealey, Dave Sexton, Teddy Sheringham, Jonathan Spector, Carlos Tevez and Raimond van der Gouw.

• The late Academy graduate Dave Sexton, who passed away in November 2012, managed Manchester United between July 1977 and April 1981.

• Former Hammers player Frank O'Farrell, who is the oldest living ex-West Ham United player at 85, managed Manchester United between June 1971 and November 1972.


Up next

• West Ham United are at home again on Saturday, when relegation-threatened FA Cup with Budweiser finalists Wigan Athletic will be the visitors to the Boleyn Ground for a 3pm kick-off.


General information

• A very limited number of tickets remain on General Sale for this fixture. Click here for full details.

• Wednesday's weather forecast is for a cloudy evening in east London with temperatures peaking around 16C (61F).

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