Manchester United vs West Ham: Five things to watch out for
Five things to watch out for when Manchester United take on West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, October 30.
Marcus Rashford’s 100th goal
The 24-year-old netted his 99th goal for the Reds during Thursday’s Europa League tie with Sheriff. A Manchester-born player, Rashford will be keen to hit the landmark in front of the home crowd, who have witnessed his development and growth as a forward since he first burst through the Academy ranks into a first-team starter.
A light-hearted skill that had several former players riled up, so much so that Antony responded to the critics himself on Instagram, would have made the 22-year-old keen on doing it even more and proving just how effective his skilful abilities can be.
His international teammate Neymar, who Antony has likely admired throughout his career due to their Brazilian connection, also encouraged the winger to carry on expressing himself. He said on Instagram: “Keep it up, nothing changes! Boldness and joy.”
David Moyes’ record
The successor to Sir Alex Ferguson has done a remarkable job at West Ham since joining the side in 2019. He has guided the Hammers to sixth and seventh-placed finishes in the Premier League and has overseen victories to top four clubs several times. However, United should take encouragement from the fact that during his reign, Moyes has never won away from home against United, Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool or Arsenal.
After a recent loss to Liverpool, Moyes said: “I would rather be consistent through the Premier League than win one game at Old Trafford or Anfield.”
The top four race
With Chelsea having dropped points this weekend, losing 4-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion, United must capitalise on the loss and secure three points tomorrow. If the Reds win, they will be one point behind Newcastle in fourth place having played one less game, and three points behind Spurs in third.
Rashford partnered with Ronaldo
In Thursday’s match, Rashford started on the bench whilst Ronaldo was named in the starting eleven. Post-match, Ten Hag confirmed Antony’s substitution was to see the two forwards “closer together” in the number nine and 10 positions.
He added: “I think that can be a threat. It’s always difficult [to defend] against such players. They can take benefit from each other.”
Could the pair be utilised against West Ham after showing their capability of working alongside one another, especially given both Ronaldo and Rashford etched their names on the scoresheet?
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