Better The Red Devils You Know

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Javier Hernandez has been in great goalscoring form for United this season. Image courtesy of skysports.com
A statue of Sir Alex Ferguson was unveiled outside Old Trafford late last week, and you can be sure his Manchester United players would have far preferred to face that version of the Scotsman than the real thing after giving cellar dweller QPR a sniff at the weekend. The Red Devils went behind in the 52nd minute; the 13th time in 20 matches in all matches this campaign that Ferguson’s side has conceded first . United has gone on to win nine of those 13 games, including the 3-1 victory over Rangers, but slow starts are becoming a worrying feature, and that surprise goal came on the back of defeats by Norwich City in the EPL and Galatsaray in the UEFA Champions League.

West Ham was on the wrong side of the ledger in a 3-1 result against Tottenham at the weekend, although high-profile loan signing Andy Carroll did finally break his duck for the Hammers. Ferguson was critical of Liverpool’s AUD$53 million signing of Carroll from Newcastle a couple of years back, so the much maligned young striker has the perfect opportunity to strike back against United’s understrength defence.

The Red Devils average a staggering three goals per game at home, while West Ham struggles to find the back of the net away from Upton Park, scoring just five times in six games on the road. They’ve been beaten just once at Old Trafford this season; a shock loss to Tottenham Hotspur in mid-September the only blemish. United has well and truly had the wood on West Ham over the past few years. While the Londoners were stuck in the Championship in 2011/12, prior to that, United won the previous seven encounters scoring 21 goals and conceding just three. The last two clashes at the Theatre of Dreams have finished in 3-0 wins to the home side. 

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