West Ham United’s last away game was against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium. That day, they suffered only their second defeat of the year and this weekend, they head back to Manchester looking to get a positive result, as they make the trip to Old Trafford and face Manchester United in Sunday’s late kick-off.
The Hammers haven’t won on the road since overcoming the challenge of Aston Villa on 3 February and will attempt to get revenge on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side for both defeat in the reverse fixture, as well as halting their progress in this season’s FA Cup at the fifth round stage.
West Ham climbed back up to fifth place in the Premier League table after their home victory over newly-promoted Leeds United six days ago, the Irons will be hoping to follow that up with what would be their seventh win of the campaign away from East London.
Tonight’s hosts have come into some good form and currently occupy second place in the table. That is despite a start to the season which saw them win just two of their opening six top-flight matches, as Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal were the London sides to take maximum points away with them.
The omens might just be on the side of the visitors here, as the Red Devils have had considerably less time to prepare for this fixture. Solskjær’s men were involved in UEFA Europa League action against AC Milan on Thursday night and have the second-leg of that tie just four days after this game.
Moyes’ side took a point from this fixture last season and with the home team missing a number of key players for the contest, they might be in with a chance of going one better this time around.
Club Captain Mark Noble signed a contract extension this week which will run until the end of next season. He also confirmed that he will then end his playing time at the club when that deal expires.
With Jesse Lingard ineligible to play against his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement, Noble is one of three players that could be in contention with Jarrod Bowen and Manuel Lanzini also pushing for starts. Having said that, Pablo Fornals and Saïd Benrahma are expected to retain their places.
Goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański also signed a one-year extension this week and after making his comeback from an arm injury against Marcelo Bielsa’s men last Monday, the Pole is set to feature once again.
Tonight’s match is a 7:15pm kick-off and live coverage will be screened by Sky Sports from 7pm. The referee is Christopher Kavanagh.