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RAPHINHA: Is his future at Elland Road?

 

David Moyes is back at Old Trafford again as his West Ham United team try to beat Manchester United in the race for the top four.

Former United boss Moyes was sacked 10 months into a six-year contract after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

His current West Ham side are currently in the hunt for Champions League football and sit six points behind United in the table.

Three London teams have already won at Old Trafford this season, after Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal were victorious in Manchester earlier this season.

However, United have scored 15 goals in their last three home league games, of which they've won two and drawn one.

Not since Sir Alex was in charge have United scored three or more goals in four home games in a row.

 

Man Utd team news ahead of West Ham game

 

David de Gea could return to the starting XI in place of Dean Henderson at the weekend according to Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Spaniard is back in Manchester quarantining since returning from a trip to Madrid for the arrival of his first child.

He must isolate for five days before he can take a covid test and return to training on receipt of a negative reading.

It may mean Henderson is likely to play, but Solskjaer didn't rule out the possibility of de Gea returning.

"He is touch and go for Sunday I think because I can’t really know when he came back," the manager told the press. "I am not really sure if it was Monday or Tuesday that he arrived back in Manchester.”

United loaned Jesse Lingard to West Ham back in January and they'll be glad they won't have to face him.

Lingard has performed well in the capital scoring four goals in six appearances for the Hammers.

Solskjaer said the loan move had "really worked out" for all sides in the agreement and said the midfielder was "back to himself".

Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata were all ruled out of contention by the Utd boss.

 

Ramifications

 

A win for Man Utd would put them nine points adrift of West Ham who currently occupy fifth.

The title may be a step too far for Solskjaer's side but Champions League football seems to be more than likely with a win on Sunday.

However, a West Ham win leaves United's top-four hopes slightly less obvious.

They'll remain in the top three at worst if they lost and the other teams win.

Yet they'll potentially be one point clear of Chelsea in that scenario with West Ham closing the gap to three points.

It's a vital game for United if they want to give themselves some breathing room in the league before returning to domestic and European cup action.


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