Manchester United match preview





• West Ham United travel to Manchester United for their second consecutive Barclays Premier League fixture away from home after a 3-1 defeat at rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

• The Hammers start the night eighth in the table, while the Red Devils begin the game top of the Barclays Premier League. West Ham have lost three times on the road in six matches, at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United have lost one home league game out of six, to Spurs on 29 September, and won the other five. 

• Andy Carroll is likely to continue as the Hammers lone striker after scoring his first goal for the club in Sunday's defeat at White Hart Lane.The Geordie has scored against Manchester opposition before, but it came against United's rivals Manchester City in 2011 when he scored his first two goals for Liverpool in a 3-0 win.

• Matt Jarvis is likely to be recalled to the starting XI after coming on as a first-half substitute for Modibo Maiga on Sunday.

• Manchester United have won the last seven 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.

• During the seven games in which Manchester United have emerged victorious, they have scored a total of 21 goals to West Ham United's three.

• The Hammers have however emerged victorious against the Red Devils since 2007 in the Carling Cup and they did so in spectacular fashion. On 30 November 2010 the Hammers secured a famous 4-0 win over United in the fifth round. Jonathan Spector scored twice against his former club before Carlton Cole added a double of his own on a cold and snowy night at the Boleyn Ground.

Team news

West Ham United

• Matt Jarvis and Guy Demel could both return to the starting line-up after returning to full-fitness and action against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.

• Mark Noble will miss the game after picking up his fifth booking and a one-match ban at White Hart Lane.

• Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder), Alou Diarra (thigh), Matt Taylor (back) and Jack Collison (knee) are all definitely out.

• Development Squad midfielders Sebastian Lletget, George Moncur and Matthias Fanimo have been added to the travelling party for the trip to Old Trafford.

• Stephen Henderson (Ipswich Town), Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City) and Rob Hall (Birmingham City) are all out on loan, as are youngsters Paul McCallum (AFC Wimbledon), Blair Turgott (Bradford City) and Dan Potts (Colchester United).

Manchester United

• Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa (knee), Portugal winger Nani (hamstring) and Serbia centre-back Nemanja Vidic (knee) are all out.


• 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.

• West Ham United last faced Manchester United under the management of Avram Grant, who had previously come up against Sir Alex Ferguson as Chelsea manager in the 2008 UEFA Champions League final in Moscow. Manchester United won on penalties.

• Tuesday's fixture marks the 123rd competitive fixture between West Ham United and Manchester United. The Hammers have won 42, the Red Devils have won 56 and there have been 24 draws.

Last time out

Sunday 25 November 2012
Barclays Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, McCartney, Tomkins, O'Brien, Nolan (Cole 68), Noble, Diame, O'Neil (Taylor 55), Carroll, Maiga (Jarvis 31)
Subs not used: Spiegel, Collins, Demel, Moncur
Goals: Carroll 82

Saturday 24 November 2012
Barclays Premier League
Manchester United 3-1 Queens Park Rangers
Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael, Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Young (Anderson 59), Scholes (Hernandez 59), Fletcher, Rooney, Welbeck (Powell 79), Van Persie)
Subs not used: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Cleverley
Goals: Evans 64, Fletcher 68, Hernandez 72

Previous meeting

West Ham United succumbed to a traditional Manchester United comeback when the Red Devils roared back to win 4-2 at the Boleyn Ground on 2 April 2011. Defeat was a massive setback to the Hammers; survival hopes. Despite taking a two-goal lead through two Mark Noble penalties, the visitors rallied within the final 25 minutes to secure victory. A Patrice Evra handball and a Nemanja Vidic foul allowed Noble to convert from the spot twice before Wayne Rooney curled in a free-kick on 65 minutes. Eight minutes later Rooney powered home a second before Matthew Upson's handball in the box allowed the striker to secure his hat-trick and give United the lead. Javier Hernandez poked home a fourth for Sir Alex Ferguson's side with six minutes remaining.

West Ham United: Green, Upson, Da Costa, Bridge, Jacobsen, Parker, Hitzlsperger, Noble (Keane 83), O'Neil (Obinna 83), Cole (Piquionne 68), Ba.

Manchester United: Kuszczak, Evra (Hernandez 46), Smalling, Vidic, Fabio, Giggs, Park (Berbatov 64), Carrick, Valencia, Gibson, Rooney (Nani 87).

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

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
23 February 2010 - Manchester United 3-0 West Ham United
5 December 2010 - West Ham United 0-4 Manchester United
8 February 2009 - West Ham United 0-1 Manchester United

Overall record v Manchester United (all competitions) W 42 D 24 L 56

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)


• Wednesday's referee will be referee is 44-year-old Mike Jones.

• An experienced official, Jones was promoted to the Football League list of referees in 1997, with his first match in charge being Mansfield Town versus Hull City on 9 August of that year.

• Jones has refereed more than 30 matches every season since the 1997/98 campaign, totalling more than 500 senior matches over the last 14 years.

• The official has also taken charge of his fair share of big matches, being selected to referee the 2007 League Two Play-Off final between Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, and the 2007 FA Trophy final between Stevenage Borough and York City.

• Jones became a Select Group Referee in 2008 and his first match in the top-flight was Hull City versus Wigan Athletic on 30 August 2008.

• Jones has taken charge of nine West Ham United matches, the most-recent being 2-1 npower Championship win over Millwall on 4 February 2012.

• He will be assisted by Rob Ganfield and Gary Beswick, while the fourth official will be Jonathan Moss.

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.

General information

• For ticket information, click here.

• Wednesday night's weather forecast in Manchester is for a partly cloudy evening with maximum temperatures of 4C (40F).