Manchester United v West Ham United: Preview

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Manchester United v West Ham United;
Barclays Premier League; Old Trafford; 19:45 Kick-off.

Team News

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to recall Anderson to the starting line-up ahead of the midweek clash against West Ham United.

Antonio Valencia is a doubt through injury however, with Luis Nani definitely out. Paul Scholes is suspended, but Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have both returned from injury and are available.

For the visitors, Yossi Benayoun remains on the sidelines, with Jack Collison, Alou Diarra and Ricardo Vaz Te also unavailable for Sam Allardyce’s side.

Rooney looking for treble repeat against Hammers

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be hoping for a repeat of his treble against West Ham United, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Upton Park the last time the two sides met.

Having returned from injury in the 3-1 win against QPR at the weekend, the England international striker will hope to get on the Old Trafford scoresheet again after an assist against the Hoops. He knows the game will be a tough one, however.

"Tough game tomorrow night at Old Trafford. West Ham are a good team, so we'll need to be on top of our game to take all 3 points and stay at the top of the league," Rooney wrote on Facebook.

Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile, plays against the club where he began his professional career, making his debut for the Hammers back in May 1996.

The centre back is likely to start alongside Tom Cleverley, who was just seven when Ferdinand began playing in the English top flight.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "@tomclevz23 + Welbz just told me they were 7 + 5yrs old when I made my debut for West Ham....didn't know whether to laugh or cry #Vintage!"

Victory against West Ham would maintain United's position at the top of the Premier League table.

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