After a full week’s rest since their humiliating 5-3 defeat to Leicester City last weekend, Manchester United will be eager to record only their second Premier League win of the season when West Ham United visit Old Trafford.
The Red Devils’ midweek schedule was left blank after their shameful second round League Cup defeat to League One side Milton Keynes Dons, but it’s the league manager Louis van Gaal must now turn his attention to after the Red Devils slipped into the bottom half of the table after last weekend’s second defeat of the league season.
Meanwhile West Ham United climbed up to eighth in the top-flight after a thoroughly impressive 3-1 victory over last season’s runners-up Liverpool at Upton Park.
Sam Allardyce’s side have won and lost twice so far this season, drawing the other, including a comfortable 3-1 win away to Crystal Palace last month.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
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Manchester United have drawn the largest attendance in the Premier League so far this season, 75,355 in their 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing is the Premier League’s joint third highest playmaker after assisting three goals so far this season.
Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett is the Premier League’s joint worst disciplined so far this season having picked up two yellow cards and one red card.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances against West Ham United.
West Ham United have failed to win at Old Trafford in their last seven visits, with their last victory coming in May 2007.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their last seven meetings with West Ham United, winning five of them.
Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3 player ratings
Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3 player ratings
1/22 Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel
Couldn’t be faulted for the goals, and didn’t have too many saves to make. 5
2/22 Ritchie De Laet
Never stopped working up and down the right flank and set up Jamie Vardy’s goal with a superb through ball after dispossessing Juan Mata. 7
3/22 Liam Moore
Grew into the game after an uncertain start and was a threat at set-pieces. 6
4/22 Wes Morgan 6
A commanding performance from the centre back that helped to keep Robin van Persie quiet for the most part.
5/22 Paul Konchesky
Typically industrious display, with plenty of bursts forward and crunching tackles.
6/22 Esteban Cambiasso
Thundered in the equaliser to make it 3-3, and kept things ticking over in midfield with his accurate passing.
7/22 Danny Drinkwater
Former Manchester United player showed some fantastic vision. 7
8/22 Dean Hammond
Steady in the middle for the Foxes. 6
9/22 David Nugent
Great link-up play with Vardy and Ulloa, and made no mistake from the spot. 8
10/22 Jamie Vardy
Constant source of anguish for the United defence. 9
11/22 Leonardo Ulloa
£8m striker is already up to five goals this season after his impressive double. 8
12/22 Manchester United: David De Gea
Couldn’t have done much for any of the goals, and offered no protection by his threadbare defence. 5
13/22 Marcos Rojo
Struggled against Vardy all afternoon and couldn’t get forward as much as he would have liked. Good pass into Falcao in the build-up to United’s first goal. 5
14/22 Tyler Blackett
Gave the ball away in dangerous areas, and sent off when he conceded a penalty for bringing down Vardy. A nightmare afternoon for the youngster.
15/22 Jonny Evans
Looked reasonably assured before going off injured after half an hour. 5
Lost his head when he unnecessarily fouled Jamie Vardy for the penalty that got Leicester back in the game. Often caught out of position. 5
17/22 Ander Herrera
Took his goal beautifully, but on the back foot for much of the afternoon. 5
18/22 Wayne Rooney
Beautifully weighted pass for Di Maria’s goal, but peripheral for much of the game. Booked for dissent after the Blackett sending off. 5
19/22 Angel Di Maria
Scored stunning goal, and always a threat with his pace and direct running. Taken off for the final quarter of an hour. 6
20/22 Daley Blind
Very comfortable in possession but ultimately couldn’t match the Leicester midfield's intensity. 5
21/22 Robin van Persie
Scored deflected goal early on, but did little else thereafter. 5
22/22 Radamel Falcao
Did superbly to create Robin van Persie’s goal, and so unlucky not to score with volley that hit the bar. Taken off for the final 20 minutes. 6
Manchester United to win: 1.33
West Ham United to win: 9
Manchester United extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after staging a remarkable comeback from two-nil down to defeat West Ham United 4-2 on April 2 during the 2010-11 season at Upton Park.
Mark Noble’s two first-half penalties had given the Hammers an encouraging lead at the break, but Wayne Rooney’s stupendous second-half hat-trick, plus a late strike from Javier Hernandez completed a marvellous turn around for the eventual champions.
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