MANCHESTER UNITED V WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER 2013
KICK-OFF: 3PM
REFEREE: MIKE JONES

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Introduction

West Ham United travel to reigning Champions Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League this Saturday, looking to end a run of three consecutive away league defeats.

• The Hammers will however be boosted by the fact they recorded a win on their travels in midweek as they produced a stirring fightback to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.

• Sam Allardyce's side last won away in the league at White Hart Lane too, as they triumphed 3-0 over Spurs in October, with Ravel Morrison notching the third goal.

• The midfielder is the Hammers' top-scorer with three goals so far this season and he returns to the club at which he started his career before moving to east London in January 2012.

• Jussi Jaaskelainen has kept eight clean sheets in the Premier League this season, joint-highest with fifth placed Everton and four more than Manchester United.

• A draw with Sunderland at the Boleyn Ground last time out left the Hammers with 14 points from 16 games and 17th in the table.

• Manchester United return to Old Trafford after also reaching the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup in midweek, following a 2-0 win over Stoke City.

• In the Premier League, the Red Devils have under-performed so far and sit eighth in the standings following a 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park in their last league outing.

• Two home league defeats on the spin, 1-0 losses to both Newcastle and Everton, have added to Moyes' difficult start to life at Old Trafford.

• He may however take heart from the fact that in four meetings against the Hammers last season the Red Devils were unbeaten, winning two and drawing two.

Team news

West Ham United

• James Tomkins should return to the team to face Manchester United after missing the win over Spurs in midweek following a groin problem.

• Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Andy Carroll (foot), Stewart Downing (ankle), Stephen Henderson (shoulder), Winston Reid (ankle) and Mladen Petric (calf) will all miss out.

• Captain Kevin Nolan serves the last of his three-game suspension against Manchester United following his dismissal against Liverpool.

Manchester United

• Wayne Rooney is doubtful for Saturday's clash after picking up a groin injury in training.

• Strike partner Robin Van Persie is however out of the match with a thigh injury.

Background

The first meeting between West Ham United and Manchester United came on 25 February 1911 in the FA Cup. The Hammers won 2-1 with Thomas Caldwell and Danny Shea scoring the goals.

• West Ham United's biggest 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 win with Jim Barrett and Jimmy Ruffell also on the score sheet.

• Manchester United's biggest win over West Ham United came almost 70 years later on 1 April 2000. This time they had a hat-trick hero of their own as Paul Scholes scored a treble in a 7-1 win. Denis Irwin, Andrew Cole, David Beckham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the other goals with Paulo Wanchope on target for the Hammers.

• Of the Hammers last six trips to Old Trafford they have accrued no wins and suffered defeat on all six occasions.

• The Club's overall record has seen West Ham play Manchester United on 127 occasions, winning 43, drawing 26 and losing 58.

Last time out

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 West Ham United
Capital One Cup quarter-final
18 December 2013

West Ham United: Adrian, O'Brien, Rat, Collins (c), McCartney, Diarra (Morrison 79), Taylor, Collison, J.Cole (Diame 70), Jarvis, C.Cole (Maiga 65)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Noble, Demel, Chambers
Goals: Jarvis 80, Maiga 85

Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United
Capital One Cup quarter-final
18 December 2013

Manchester United: de Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Smalling, Evans, Cleverley, Anderson (Hernandez 58), Welbeck (Fletcher 82), Young, Valencia
Subs not used: Nani, Kagawa, Buttner, Johnstone, Zaha
Goals: Young 62, Evra 78

Previous meeting

A valiant West Ham were twice pegged back by Manchester United as the teams played out an exciting 2-2 draw at the Boleyn Ground. Ricardo Vaz Te gave the home side the lead after 16 minutes, stooping low to head home an Andy Carroll knockdown from a Matt Jarvis cross. After Antonio Valencia had equalised, the Hammers regained control when Mohamed Diame struck a fierce low effort past David de Gea with 55 minutes gone. The home side were denied a win however as Robin Van Persie tapped home with 13 minutes left.

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O'Brien, Collins, Reid, O'Neil (Noble 65), Diame (Taylor 82), Nolan (Collison 82), Vaz Te, Jarvis, Carroll
Subs: C.Cole, Maiga, Henderson, Pogatetz
Goals: Vaz Te 16, Diame 55

Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand, Jones, Carrick, Valencia, Kagawa (Hernandez 79), Rooney (Giggs 71), Van Persie
Subs: Amos, Evans, Cleverley, Giggs, Nani, Welbeck, Hernandez
Goals: Valencia 31, Van Persie 77

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

17 April 2013 - West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
16 January 2013 - Manchester United 1-0 West Ham United
5 January 2013 - West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United
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)

Overall record v Manchester United (all competitions) W 43 D 26 L 58

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
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)

Manchester United

2012/13 Premier League 1st (89 points)
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)

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, Carlos Tevez and Raimond van der Gouw.

Referee

• The man in the middle at Old Trafford on Saturday will be Mike Jones.

• Jones plied his trade as a Football League referee for 11 years before he was added to the Select Group in 2008 and began officiating in the Premier League.

• Jones, who made his refereeing debut in August 1997 when Mansfield Town played host to Hull City, regularly officiated in the Football League during his tenure.

• He made his first appearance at Wembley Stadium when he took control of the League Two Play-off Final between Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town in 2007.

• Jones was in the middle for a Premier League match for the first time when Hull City took on Wigan Athletic in August 2008. He has been a permanent fixture in the top flight ever since.

• Jones did not referee the Hammers at all in 2012/13 and his last game in charge of a West Ham match came in March 2011 in an FA Cup sixth round tie against Stoke City.

General information

All of the away ticket allocation for Saturday's game have sold out.

• The weather is set to be overcast with temperatures around 7C.

• You can find all travel information on trains up to Manchester here.