Manchester United hosts West Ham United in round 23 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, January 22nd at Old Trafford (Manchester)
Ralf Rangnick’s team is in 7th position in the Premier League standings with 35 points after 21 matches. Manchester United gained ten victories and five draws and suffered six defeats. Under the German coach, the Red Devils regularly score points in the championship. In seven rounds under his management, they earned 14 points and suffered only one defeat from Wolverhampton at home (0-1). However, these results do not reflect the faded game of the Mancunians in recent matches. On January 19, Manchester United beat Brentford away thanks to good production in the 2nd half. The goals were scored by Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood, and Marcus Rashford, but the real hero of the match was goalkeeper David De Gea. He made seven saves during the game and helped Rangnick’s team avoid serious problems.
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West Ham is in 4th place in the Premier League standings with 37 points after 22 rounds. The Hammers have 11 victories, four draws, and seven losses. Having gone on a winless streak of five matches in all competitions in December, the Irons reversed the unfortunate trend towards the end of the calendar year. They dealt with Watford in the final game of 2021 (1-4), and then they beat Crystal Palace (2-3) and Norwich (2-0) in the Premier League and defeated Leeds in the FA Cup (2-0). On January 16, West Ham again hosted Leeds in the championship, but that game with a 2-3 defeat. Thus, the winning streak of four matches was broken. The outcome of an equal game was decided by slightly better conversion of scoring chances by the Peacocks. The goals by Jerrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals were not enough even for a draw.
In the match of the 1st round, West Ham and Manchester United scored three goals in London. And they probably can repeat such production in the upcoming game in Manchester. Both clubs are now stronger in attack than in defense. The Red Devils scored five goals in the last two matches under Rangnick, and this suggests that they are gradually getting used to the requirements of the German manager. At the same time, defensive problems are still relevant for the Mancunians. They conceded two goals in the match with Aston Villa, and only one goal conceded in the game against Brentford was the merit of De Gea. West Ham is also not strong in defense. In the last six rounds, only Norwich did not upset the Hammers, so it will be difficult for them not to concede in Manchester. But the Hammers have no problems with the attack: they scored at least two goals in each of the last five rounds.