West Ham could take a massive step in their fight for Champions League qualification tonight as they face Manchester United at Old Trafford.
David Moyes is masterminding an unexpected push for a Premier League top-four finish – which looked ever more likely following victory over Leeds, where his players certainly rode their luck – and this evening’s game offers another stern test of their credentials.
Man Utd, meanwhile, look likely to finish in the top four themselves, with their derby win at table-topping Manchester City last week a huge boost to their plans for next season.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also will aware of the threat the Hammers pose given United’s injury problems in attack and midfield, while games against fellow top four contenders Leicester and Tottenham loom on the horizon.
Follow the match action live with Jack Rosser at Old Trafford.
Jack Rosser at Old Trafford
Superb stop from Fabianski there. The first time Greenwood has been allowed the space to run after West Ham committed themselves forward and he’s causing trouble. Other than that they’ve kept their shape well so far.
Save by Fabianski!
36 mins: United attack at speed and Greenwood cuts in from the right onto his left foot.
His low shot seems destined for the bottom right-hand corner of the net, but Fabianski makes a stunning stop on the stretch to tip the ball wide!
34 mins: Good work from Antonio to hold up play and then buy a yellow card off a wild Wan-Bissaka challenge. That’s a good booking for West Ham given Cresswell can stretch the play on the left now.
United work the ball left, and Fred tees up McTominay for what is becoming one of his trademark first-time drives – but West Ham block it out really well.
Unsurprisingly, West Ham are lacking fluidity on the ball without Lingard – that’s something Moyes may look at after the break with Benrahma on the bench.
31 mins: Another United corner comes to nothing. West Ham try to break, but Antonio is offside near the halfway line. That’s a problem for the Hammers, as they’re struggling to get out from the back.
More pressure from United down the left, and Noble is well positioned to clear for a corner with Fernandes lurking.
Maguire is up and walks off the pitch, but doesn’t look comfortable. If he cotinues, you’d expect West Ham will test him with a few quick aerial deliveries.
Jack Rosser at Old Trafford
Not a lot going on at Old Trafford so far, mostly a lot of shouting from Maguire. West Ham need to settle on the ball a touch more. They’ve been alright at the back but not much of a plan when it comes to going forward so far.
Concern now for United as Harry Maguire is down following an aerial clash and took a whack to the head – possibly the jaw. He looks in some pain.