Preview - Manchester United

Andre Ayew

When and where?

West Ham United v Manchester United
Premier League
Monday 2 January 2017, 5.15pm GMT
London Stadium

What’s the story?

2017 begins for West Ham United with a home game against Manchester United on Monday evening.

The Hammers closed 2016 with a narrow loss at Leicester City on New Year’s Eve and will be striving to show that was merely a blip when they take on the Red Devils.

Slaven Bilic’s men did end the year strongly, winning three in a row prior to their trip to King Power Stadium, and Manchester United have also been in fine form.

Since drawing 1-1 with the Hammers at the end of November, they have taken 16 points from a possible 18 – winning their last five in a row.

Their last assignment of 2016 was a home game against Middlesbrough, and it looked as though their winning run was coming to an end when Grant Leadbitter gave the visitors a second half lead.

But late goals from Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba turned the game around and ensured the final score was 2-1.

The Red Devils’ good run has brought them back in touch with the top four and they currently sit sixth in the table with 36 points at the halfway stage.

West Ham, meanwhile, are twelfth with 22 points to their name.

Team news

Slaven Bilic could shuffle his pack as his team face their second game in a little over 48 hours, with Mark Noble needing to be assessed after being forced off on Saturday.

Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang returned to the bench at Leicester, so might earn a recall to the starting XI on Monday.

However, Diafra Sakho, James Collins, Alvaro Arbeloa, Arthur Masuaku and Gokhan Tore are all sidelined.

For Manchester United, defender Eric Bailly has already departed for the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast, but Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney could be involved after missing the game against Middlesbrough.

Any links between the two?

Ashley Fletcher came through the Academy ranks at Manchester United and scored his first West Ham goal on his return to Old Trafford in the EFL Cup defeat to the Red Devils in November.

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick began his career with the Hammers and has gone on to play for Tottenham Hotspur and the Red Devils, earning 34 England caps along the way.

How do I get to the game?

Directions to London Stadium can be found here.

Please be aware that there are some alterations to walking routes from Stratford station for this game. Click here for full details.

The ticket office at London Stadium will open at 10am on matchday.

The latest travel news on the Tubes, London Overground, TfL Rail and roads can be found here. If you’re travelling by National Rail, click here for the latest news.

How can I watch the game?

The match is being broadcast live in the UK on Sky Sports. You can also follow all the action as it happens on the match centre with live audio commentary, social media updates, in-running stats, photos and more. Join the conversation on social media using #WHUMUN