West Ham v Manchester United preview: Alexis Sanchez fit to return
Last Updated: 10/05/18 10:17pm
Alexis Sanchez will be available to return for Manchester United when they travel to West Ham on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.
Sanchez missed the 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Friday after suffering a minor knock in training.
However, he is in contention to return at the London Stadium as United look to gather some momentum ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 19.
United have lost two of their last four league games and Gary Neville described their performance against Brighton as a "shocker".
Jose Mourinho is keen to see a response from his side as they try to guarantee a second-place finish.
"We need a point to finish second," said Mourinho. "We need a point to say that only one team was better than us, we need a point to say that 18 teams were not as good as us. We need a point to prove that."
West Ham secured their survival in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory at Leicester on Saturday.
They now finish with back-to-back home games against United and Everton.
While Sanchez is available for United, Romelu Lukaku will miss out again due to an ankle injury.
Lukaku faces a race to recover from his ankle injury in time for the FA Cup final, while Marouane Fellaini has suffered a muscle problem but could return for the last Premier League match of the season against Watford on Sunday.
Sanchez and Phil Jones are available after both missing the defeat at Brighton.
West Ham will be without Javier Hernandez for the visit of his old club. The striker has yet to shake off the knee problem which kept him out of last weekend's win at Leicester.
Pedro Obiang and James Collins are back in training after spells out injured and could be involved.
West Ham have lost 13 of their last 18 Premier League games against Man Utd (W1 D4), including their only previous meeting at London Stadium last season.
Man Utd have only failed to score in one of their last 15 Premier League visits to West Ham, losing 1-0 in December 2006.
West Ham haven't recorded back-to-back Premier League victories since January 2017.
Mourinho has won 11 of his 14 meetings with West Ham in all competitions (D2 L1), winning three of his four as Man Utd manager (D1).
Mourinho has never lost a Premier League meeting with David Moyes (P10 W7 D3 L0) and has only faced Sam Allardyce (12 games) more without losing than the Scotsman.
Javier Hernandez could become the 23rd player to score a Premier League goal both for and against Manchester United - three of the previous 22 have done so for the first time this season (Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan).
No game is a dead rubber when you play for Man Utd, everyone wants to beat them. And United need to start getting going as it is a bit worrying for them.
You look at their squad and think it is big, and then they make a lorry load of changes and never look like beating Brighton. So I think this is a big football match for them and you are looking at players here and you start questioning are they good enough to play for United?
And what Jose Mourinho said after the Brighton game was spot on - people thought it was a bit harsh, but I did not think so. These lads were given a chance, but they looked like they were thinking, 'We are only playing because he has made changes for next week, when we won't be playing (the FA Cup final).'
And you can't go out with that attitude. West Ham have gone great, but I have to go for a response here and I would be shocked if there was not one, so I am going to go 2-1 United. They cannot go into the Cup final playing like this - you can't just turn it on and off like a tap.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (7/1 with Sky Bet)