Mar 22, 2014, 12:46 PM EST
Can Manchester United carry forward the momentum sustained by advancing in the Champions League, riding it to a win over West Ham at Upton Park? (Watch live on NBCSN at 1:30 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra).
Leaving aside the highly unlikely prospect of the Champions League trophy, all United have left to play for this year is a spot in next season’s Europa League. Currently they’re in seventh place, three points back of Everton and with one more game played. Last week’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool (complete with three penalties) must have rattled the Red Devils, but after beating Olympiakos midweek, they head to East London in much better spirits.
West Ham look solidly safe in 12th, but that’s just six points off the drop zone, and doesn’t include all those pesky make up games that Sunderland still have to play. Will Sam Allardyce play this one cautiously, not wanting his side to slip to their third straight defeat? Or will we see the Irons side that stormed to four consecutive victories (conceding just one goal in the process) before being stopped by Everton?
The visitors are without Robin van Persie up top, but rather than introducing Danny Welbeck in his place, David Moyes is keeping Wayne Rooney alone up top. He’s also using Michael Carrick at center-back. All in all, Moyes made six changes to the side that beat Olympiakos 3-0. Will they pay off?
Allardyce hasn’t made many changes to the side that lost to Stoke last time out. The attack remains the same, with Andy Carroll up top and Mohamed Diamé, Kevin Nolan and Stewart Downing supporting. Antonio Nocerino and Winston Reid drop to the bench, with Jameses Tomkins and Collins replacing.
West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Collins, Taylor, McCartney, Noble, Tomkins, Diame, Nolan, Downing, Carroll
Subs: Reid, Jarvis, Armero, Jaaskelainen, C.Cole, J.Cole, Nocerino
Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Carrick, Buttner; Mata, Fletcher, Fellaini, Young; Kagawa; Rooney
Subs: Evra, Lindegaard, Chicharito, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Januzaj
Jan 28, 2015, 9:01 AM EST
Michael Oliver, it’s over to you…
Jan 28, 2015, 7:55 AM EST
Bale tells Spanish radio station that he’s hanging around in the Spanish capital for some time to come.
Jan 27, 2015, 11:01 PM EST
Already it feels like Montreal has a major chance to be the winner in this deal, and that’s before they do anything with the allocation money.
Jan 27, 2015, 10:05 PM EST
It certainly wasn’t the wildest of days for the transfer rumor mill, but Manchester United, Southampton and Crystal Palace all said hello.
Jan 27, 2015, 9:12 PM EST
Surely Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t have been surprised to see Diego Costa’s temper flare up, but it didn’t make him any more understanding.
Jan 27, 2015, 8:32 PM EST
An ESPN FC report regarding Gedion Zelalem’s U.S. eligibility looks alarming, but is it a cause for concern?
Jan 27, 2015, 7:17 PM EST
He’s heinous. He’s prolific. He’s the Luis Suarez of 2015. And he’s making this season worth watching and hating. Unless you’re a Chelsea supporter.
Jan 27, 2015, 6:21 PM EST
Liverpool was the superior team in the first 45 minutes, but couldn’t find the finishing touch.
Jan 27, 2015, 5:17 PM EST
The Blues won 1-0 on the match and 2-1 on aggregate to move on the League Cup final versus Wednesday’s winner of Spurs and Sheffield United.
Jan 27, 2015, 4:12 PM EST
Six of eight knockout round slots are filled for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and a couple well-known names are going home.
Jan 27, 2015, 3:00 PM EST
The Socceroos reached the AFC final for just the second-time in their history.
Jan 27, 2015, 2:20 PM EST
Yedlin flies halfway around the world to link up with USMNT after joining Tottenham in January.
Jan 27, 2015, 1:40 PM EST
Skipper aims to help Brazil win elusive Olympic gold medal on home soil.
Jan 27, 2015, 12:57 PM EST
Spaniard set to miss at least six months after rupturing anterior cruciate ligament.
Jan 27, 2015, 12:19 PM EST
Monster trade sees cash, players and allocation order’s dished out as USMNT midfielder could be heading home.
Jan 27, 2015, 11:10 AM EST
Wembley final on the line: Premier League giants clash at the Bridge while Spurs head to third-tier Blades.
Jan 27, 2015, 10:15 AM EST
Are the Citizens heading to the Big Apple?
Jan 27, 2015, 9:20 AM EST
Madrid say they have “responded diligently” to requests from world soccer’s governing body.
Jan 27, 2015, 8:30 AM EST
As Sterling continues to stall on a new deal, will Chelsea tempt the youngster with a move back to London?
Jan 27, 2015, 7:36 AM EST
Casillas declares his intention to play in the USA one day. When will that be?
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