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Man United VS West Ham Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 22 Jan 2022

Man United VS West Ham Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 22 Jan 2022

Manchester United will play hosts to rivals West Ham United at Old Trafford this Saturday afternoon in what will be a huge encounter in the context of the Premier League top-four race. Manchester United are currently on a three-game unbeaten run in all competitions, most recently beating Brentford 3-1 in the Premier League earlier this week. That result has meant that Ralf Rangnick’s side are just two points shy of their upcoming opponents, who occupy fourth place in the table while having a game in hand as well. A win would send the Red Devils into the fourth spot at least till Sunday when the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham will be in action.

West Ham United saw their four-game unbeaten run in all competitions come to a halt last weekend when they lost 2-3 to Leeds United at home in a thrilling encounter. With the teams below them closing in, David Moyes’s men will need a victory to keep their noses ahead in the top-four battle, more so considering that all their rivals have one or more games in hand. The Hammers have an impressive away record in the league, though, and will back themselves to get all three points.

The reverse fixture saw Manchester United come back from a goal down to beat West Ham 2-1. However, the east London giants exacted revenge for the defeat by defeating the 20-time English champions 1-0 in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford. Ahead of their third meeting of the season, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.

Paul Pogba has resumed training with the team after recovering from a hamstring injury but is unlikely to be available for selection until after the international break. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani are also sidelined for Manchester United, while Eric Bailly is away at the Africa Cup of Nations. Scott McTominay came off injured against Brentford but is expected to be ready for Saturday’s clash against West Ham. Victor Lindelof and Jadon Sancho are set to miss out due to personal reasons, the manager confirmed in his pre-match presser.

Ralf Rangnick has recently switched the formation to a 4-3-3 and is expected to stick to it when West Ham come visiting. David de Gea, who was outstanding once again in midweek, will guard the goal for the Red Devils on Saturday. Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire could pair up again in defence, with Phil Jones on the bench while Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles will slot in as the two full-backs. McTominay ought to feature from kick-off, slotting in as the holding midfielder trying to break up moves while Fred will provide the energy and industry in a more box-to-box role alongside him. The third midfield slot will be taken up by Bruno Fernandes, who will act as the chief creative outlet for the 20-time English champions.

Anthony Elanga has pretty much nailed down his spot in the lineup after a run of promising displays. The 19-year-old should take up the left flank while fellow academy graduate Mason Greenwood, who also scored in midweek, will occupy the right-wing. Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to spearhead the attack for Manchester United, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial providing options from the bench. Tomas Soucek could be ready to return to the fold after recovering from COVID-19, but West Ham United will again be without the injured trio of Kurt Zouma, Angelo Ogbonna and club captain Mark Noble. Said Benrahma will also be unavailable for selection owing to his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations.

David Moyes will not tinker with his tried and tested 4-2-3-1 setup on his return to Old Trafford. Lukasz Fabianski will be manning the goal for the east London giants, where he will be protected by the centre-back pairing of Craig Dawson and Issa Diop. Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell pick themselves as full-backs on the right and left sides, respectively.

After meeting last weekend in Premier League play, Manchester United and West Ham face off again on Wednesday at Old Trafford in the EFL Cup. The Red Devils were 2-1 winners at the weekend and are the favorites here, though the team is expected to use a decent amount of bench players for this one. United are one of the favorites to take home the trophy for the second-tier tournament which concludes with the final on Feb. 22.

Manchester United: Here is a good chance to give some minutes to the lesser-used players, but don’t expect much of a drop off. If Edinson Cavani gets the start, with others like Jesse Lingard getting minutes, then United shouldn’t have much of a problem if the Hammers similarly rotate their lineup. But if West Ham field one of their strongest XI, expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to have to go to some big names on his bench to squeak through.

West Ham: They get Michail Antonio back, and that will be a big boost if he does play. The Hammers probably deserved a point from their match with United on Sunday and will look for revenge here in a competition that will likely be the Hammers’ best chance to win a trophy. Expect David Moyes to field numerous of his best players, knowing a battle of depth will likely see his team come up short.

The United States men’s national team will head into the upcoming stretch of Concacaf World Cup qualifiers (Paramount+) in decent shape after picking up four points during the November international break. They currently sit second in the Octagonal, only one point behind a Canada side that they’ll face in Hamilton next week. They also hold a one-point lead on Mexico and Panama with a three-plus goal differential on El Tri.

On Friday, Gregg Berhalter announced the list of 28 players he’ll call up to camp in Columbus, Ohio, ahead of qualifiers against El Salvador (Jan. 27), Canada (Jan. 30) and Honduras (Feb. 2) in a window that could secure a World Cup bid depending on how results shake out. Thirteen of the 28 are in MLS. Wit the heavy MLS contingent that was brought into the roster, Berhalter doesn’t have any fitness concerns with the season ending in November as players like Brooks Lennon were able to turn January camp into an opportunity,

“We pushed them hard this camp enough so that we’re confident that they’ll be fit enough to compete with the European guys.” Berhalter said, “Most of them have been playing and if not they’ve been training regulations should be at a good level as well. We think fitness won’t be an issue in this camp, that will be wrong.”

It’s an intriguing roster that again sees John Brooks left out as the changing of the guard has taken place with Walker Zimmerman and Miles Robinson becoming the preferred central pairing. With how fast the games are coming, there will be rotation among the other names as well.

Brooks’ exclusion was down to form per Berhalter but he did reiterate that he will have an opportunity for this window. But as he spoke about Brooks not being a fit for these opponents it does make you wonder what opponents Brooks is a fit for. His experience would be useful for the World Cup but as the team gains more experience and the center back group grows together, it is tougher to see a place for Brooks moving forward.

Gio Reyna was left at Dortmund as it is better for him to integrate with the squad there after a long injury recovery but Sergino Dest is back with the squad as he offers something different than DeAndre Yedlin. Being able to leave Reyna in Germany does speak to the strength of the midfield and the form that Benden Aaronson and Timothy Weah have been in for the national team.

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