28 min: It evades everyone and thuds out of play for a West Ham goal-kick. Young slaps his thighs in frustration, adamant his team-mates could have made a bigger attempt to reach his cross.
27 min: Diop is penalised for a clumsy foul on Dan James. The winger’s pace is an out ball Manchester United are yet to make the most of .Young will swing it in from the left with his right foot, 40-odd yards from goal …
25 min: Yarmolenko turns Matic at the byline before a hammering a low ball across goal. United hack it away, as Wan-Bissaka makes a mess of a headed clearance. Back come West Ham, with Ashley Young eventually getting rid.
23 min: Scott McTominay thumps a cross across goal – that one is way too heavy for Rashford or anyone else to get on the end of. This is probably Manchester United’s best spell of the game so far, though. Meanwhile, Wan-Bissaka and Ashley Young have swapped flanks, with the former moving to left-back.
20 min: Up the other end, Issa Diop heads clear a wonderful Wan-Bissaka cross. It was on a plate for Rashford, who had been played through on goal a few moments earlier before getting in a tangle. Rashford never really made a play to attack the cross and Diop had to intervene to avert the danger. He did well. As for Rashford, he does seem to be playing like a player a low on confidence.
19 min: Yarmolenko curls an effort at goal – but it is relatively tame and David de Gea comfortably gathers. It stemmed from a high ball upfield to Haller, who got the better of Maguire. Fornals fed off the scraps and released Felipe Anderson out wide, who cut inside before unselfishly laying the ball off for Yarmolenko but the winger’s first-time effort lacked the conviction to beat De Gea.
16 min: Cresswell zooms down the left but Aaron Wan-Bissaka is there every step of the way. Eventually, the Manchester United full-back goes to ground to halt the West Ham left-back. The hosts get the throw-in but then the offside flag goes up. Another move breaks down. That’s sloppy on their part.
15 min: Nemanja Matic winds one up and powers an effort straight at Lukasz Fabianski from 25 yards out. Manchester United’s buildup play was a little bit slicker then but it has largely been pedestrian, other than Pereira racing down the right a moment ago. Rashford and James have been anonymous.
13 min: After a long lull, Angelo Ogbonna commits to make a rash challenge on Pereira, who knocked the ball beyond the West Ham defender down the flank. Ogbonna goes into the book. He had little choice. West Ham had been knocking the ball about nicely but then cheaply surrendered possession and Ogbonna dived in to try and win it back to no avail. That’s about as exciting as things have got for Manchester United. They have been very flat.
8 min: Aaron Cresswell does well to brush off Aaron Wan-Bissaka down the West Ham left, moments after being adjudged to have fouled Pereira, when it seemed as though the Manchester United midfielder went over rather easily. A tentative start by the visitors. West Ham are not bouncing up and down but will be relatively happy.
7 min: Noble tussles with Matic on halfway but Anthony Taylor pulls up the West Ham captain for a foul. Ashley Young then slips in Marcus Rashford, who tries to race on to the ball at the byline. He gets there but is flagged offside.
5 min: West Ham win a corner after putting Maguire under pressure but Rashford heads away at the front post. That was easy peasy.
4 min: Diop nicks the ball away from Mata and as West Ham fly forward, Haller again does superbly to come deep and spread play. Victor Lindelöf gets across to intervene, much to the delight of the away supporters.
3 min: Hallers robs Matic 35 yards from goal and West Ham attempt to pick out Fredricks down the right but Noble overcooks his pass. Nice try. This is Manuel Pellegrini’s 50th game in charge of West Ham. How he’d love another victory over United.
1 min: Fornals buys an early throw-in down the right flank. Yarmolenko tries to kickstart an attacking move but West Ham are happy to hold on to possession for the time being.
The teams are in the tunnel! Here we go …
Manuel Pellegrini speaks pre-match. “Last season we played very good against this team, we won very clearly and we were unlucky at Old Trafford,” the West Ham manager says. “Without any doubt, these are different moments [against Manchester United]. They have so much expectation on that team, they are not fighting for the title and it seems like it is a crisis. But the manager is very good and made the most of last season. The three points for us, and for them, are of course decisive.”
Grady Diangana watch, anyone? “For the Hammers wondering how Diangana is doing at West Brom, he’s only dominating,” emails J.R in Illinois, regarding the on-loan forward. “He just roasted Jonathan Hogg twice as he wriggled into the box and put the ball on a plate for Phillips to give the Baggies a 3-2 lead.” West Brom now lead 4-2 with seconds remaining at the Hawthorns. Successive defeats incoming for Danny Cowley and Huddersfield Town.
Roy Keane sticks the boot in on David de Gea and Harry Maguire, a £80m summer recruit. “United didn’t have a choice, they couldn’t afford not to buy him,” Keane says. “That was the going rate. Man Utd had to buy him, simple as that, because he’s better than what they’ve got. They had to go and do the deal. I’m still concerned about him, his lack of pace in terms of real sprinting but United had no choice.” On De Gea, he says: “I was never convinced by the character side of him, putting demands on people around him. Technically, he’s a good goalkeeper, of course he is, but I’ve always had my question marks over him. On Maguire, José Mourinho says: “If you don’t buy Maguire, I think today [United] would be playing [Victor] Lindelöf and [Axel] Tuanzebe or Lindelöf and Phil Jones. Lindelöf is very, very good in some aspects of the game but he can bullied in the one v one in the box and he’s not especially good in the air. Maguire has that presence, he is not probably the fastest one, but he is quite mobile for his huge body. In the last pre-season [last summer], I was crying for a central defender.”
A few murmurs that Mason Greenwood has a bout of tonsillitis, hence him not being involved in the 18-man squad at the London Stadium. It remains a very young Manchester United bench, including Axel Tuanzebe, Tahith Chong and Angel Gomes. The big plus for United, who have drawn their past three away matches, given Daniel James’s early-season form is that the Wales winger has recovered from a back problem. Manuel Pellegrini said Lanzini has a “small problem” but it is sufficient for him to miss out, with Pablo Fornals, a £24m signing, getting the nod for his second league start.
Solskjær says Paul Pogba is going nowhere in January:
Team news news: No Paul Pogba or Anthony Martial, as expected, for Manchester United, with the pair missing with ankle and thigh problems respectively, while Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly remain absent through injury. United are unchanged from victory over Leicester – they didn’t name a single unchanged side in the Premier League in 2018-19 – which means there is no place for 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who struck the winner over Astana in midweek. Daniel James, however, is deemed fit enough to start after a late fitness test. As for West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini is forced into shuffling the pack, with Aaron Cresswell in for the suspended Arthur Masuaku, while Pablo Fornals replaces Manuel Lanzini.
West Ham (4-1-4-1): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Yarmolenko, Noble, Fornals, Anderson; Haller
Subs: Roberto, Ajeti, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Wilshere
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelöf, Young; Matic, McTominay, Pereira, Mata, James; Rashford
Subs: Romero, Rojo, Tuanzebe, Fred, Gomes, Lingard, Chong
Referee: Anthony Taylor
The good news for Manchester United? They come into this one on the back of successive wins, and back-to-back clean sheets to boot. The bad news? Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are winless in six away matches, another failure to take three points on the road away from matching their miserable Premier League record. Oh, and Roy Keane, José Mourinho and Graeme Souness will be staring back at them in a swanky and spotless studio. A baby-faced teenager Mason Greenwood, who does not turn 18 until next month, proved the hero for United in midweek, while West Ham are feeling fresh as a daisy, unbeaten since an opening day humbling at Manchester City. “Manchester United played on Thursday night [in victory over Astana in the Europa League] but they changed nine players so it will be a different team,” said Manuel Pellegrini. “We are in a good moment so, if we are playing against the big teams, we must show we can play in the same way.” Solskjær, too, is feeling upbeat. “We feel we are on the right track and, if we keep it up, I believe we will be challenging for the top four at the end of the season,” he said. “It is wide open at the moment.” For West Ham, who won this fixture in April, this represents a fine chance to stamp their authority.
Kick-off: 2pm (BST)