Seven Essential Stats Before United Vs West Ham
Manchester United could take a huge step towards Champions League qualification with victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night.
A win would move the Reds three points ahead of fourth-placed Leicester City – who we play on Sunday – and depending on Chelsea’s result against Liverpool, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men could even finish the night in third.
But what is Man United’s league form like heading into this crucial clash? What’s their record like against West Ham? And what personal milestone could Ole achieve on Wednesday? Thankfully, here are the answers to these questions and many more …
The Reds haven’t lost in the last 12 Premier League games – a run that actually stretches back to January. That equals Ole’s longest unbeaten league spell as United boss, meaning should we avoid defeat on Wednesday he will set a new longest unbeaten run of 13 matches.
Taking the Initiative
United haven’t lost any of our last 19 Premier League games when they’ve netted first, winning 15 and drawing four of those encounters.
David De Gea and Harry Maguire are the only players to have featured in all of United’s 36 league games so far in 2019/20.
Head to Head
They’re unbeaten in the last 11 Premier League home games against West Ham, winning nine and drawing two. They last lost to the Hammers at Old Trafford in May 2007. In fact, of the 10 teams United have played 20 times or more at home in the Premier League, they’ve enjoyed the highest win rate (83 per cent) against the Hammers.
Hitting the Target
Wayne Rooney is the top scorer in this fixture in the Premier League with 11 goals to his name. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial has netted more times against West Ham (6) than any other opponent while playing for the Reds.
Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have netted 11 and 12 Premier League goals respectively for United at Old Trafford this season. It’s only the third time two players have reached double figures in this regard in a single season, after Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007/08, and Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole in 1999/00.
A Familiar Face
Wednesday will be only David Moyes’s second away Premier League match against United since leaving the club in 2014. The last former Reds manager to win away at Old Trafford in a top-flight match was Dave Sexton in March 1982 with Coventry City.
The stats were sourced from Opta, Apps4Stats.com.