Manchester United and West Ham United face each other at Old Trafford on Sunday, with both sides having made disappointing starts to their respective Premier League campaigns.

Under Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils have struggled for consistency and are currently in sixth place, nine points behind leaders Chelsea, despite spending close to £150 million during the transfer window.

Last season, Slaven Bilic led the Hammers to an impressive seventh-placed finish, agonisingly close to a Champions League spot.

Their move to the new Olympic Stadium was supposed to galvanise them towards a top-four finish, however, just three wins so far have left them hovering above the relegation zone, in 17th place.

The Red Devils’ comprehensive 4-0 victory over Feyenoord in their midweek Europa League was the perfect response following their disappointing 1-1 draw with Arsenal last weekend

Mourinho does not have any fresh injury concerns and will welcome back striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after serving his one-match suspension against the Gunners.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan was handed a rare start in midweek and will hope that his man-of-the-match performance is enough to earn a spot in the starting eleven.

Captain Wayne Rooney, who is just two goals short of becoming United’s all-time top scorer, is likely to start on Sunday.

Bilic will be without centre-back Winston Reid following his sending off during their weekend defeat to Tottenham, meaning James Collins is likely to fill in.

The Croat will be hoping Dimitri Payet can hit top form following a subdued start to the season, in which he has just one goal to his name.

Having lead 2-1 until the 89th minute against Spurs, there are unlikely to be any major changes for the Irons, so Diafra Sakho should start up front, with Simone Zaza remaining on the bench.

West Ham need to start picking up points sooner, rather than later, if they are to push up the table but face tough matches against Arsenal and Liverpool after this weekend.

Predicted Manchester United line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera; Mata, Pogba, Rooney; Ibrahimovic

Predicted West Ham United line-up (3-4-2-1): Adrian; Kouyate, Collins, Ogbonna; Antonio, Obiang, Lanzini, Cresswell; Ayew, Payet; Sakho


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