Man United vs West Ham Preview: A fresh start for Mourinho

Man United vs West Ham Preview: A fresh start for Mourinho

12 Aug 2017, 17:30

It’s finally Match Day 1, I bet you are excited. Well, Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho definitely is, he has no fresh injury concerns heading into Manchester United's Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.

Manchester United, who finished fifth last season but qualified for the Champions League through their Europa League triumph, will be looking for a speedy start as Mourinho prepares for his second full season in charge.

They've spent big on three signings - Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof - while West Ham themselves have also strengthened their squad.

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Joe Hart has come in on loan from Man City, while Pablo Zabaleta, Marko Arnautovic and former United striker Javier Hernandez have also arrived at the London Stadium.

Slaven Bilic's side finished 11th last season, 17 points worse off than the previous campaign.

Here’s something obvious, you can always put Lukaku down for a goal, so United are a goal to the good already.

Jose Mourinho has built a team to be big and strong, a team that will blow others away, and they are going to be successful against West Ham on Sunday.

Preliminary team news

Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo remain out as they continue to recover from long-term injuries sustained last season.

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones missed Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid through suspension, but their continental suspension does not impact domestic matches.

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West Ham expect defender Aaron Cresswell to be available for their opening Premier League match on Sunday.

Captain Mark Noble has shaken off a minor toe problem which saw the midfielder miss a couple of day's training, but Michail Antonio will not be involved as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury with a run-out for the Under 23s against Everton on Friday night.

Striker Hernandez could feature against his old club, while fellow summer signings Hart, Zabaleta, Arnautovic and teenager Sead Haksabanovic could also make their Hammers debut.

Forward Andy Carroll (groin), Diafra Sakho (back), midfielder Manuel Lanzini and Cheikhou Kouyate (both knee) all continue their rehabilitation.



Manchester United have won 17 of their 21 Premier League home matches against West Ham(D2, L2).

The Hammers' last win over United was a 3-2 Premier League victory in May 2016, which was also the final game at Upton Park.

However, West Ham have not won at Old Trafford for 10 years since they avoided relegation thanks to a Carlos Tevez winner.

Manchester United

United have only lost one of their 13 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford (W9, D3) - a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City in 2014.

Jose Mourinho has never lost a home match on a Sunday in his managerial career, winning 86 and drawing 26 of his 112 games in all competitions.

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The Manchester United manager has also never lost on the opening day of a Premier League campaign (W7, D1).

Romelu Lukaku has scored in seven of his last eight games against West Ham.

West Ham

West Ham have lost 10 opening-day fixtures, more than any other Premier League club.

Javier Hernandez scored 37 goals in 103 Premier League games for Manchester United, netting a goal every 130 minutes for the club.

Joe Hart could become the first away goalkeeper to keep three clean sheets at Old Trafford. His previous two came with Manchester City in March 2014 and October 2015.

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