English Premier League current leaders Manchester United travel to an in-form West Ham side in the gameweek five of the league. United come into this match after a shocking loss in the Champions League. On the other hand, West Ham will be confident after winning their Europa League match.
Which team has scored more goals already this season? Who have been the creative players for both teams?
West Ham is still unbeaten this season, with two wins and two draws to start their campaign. David Moyes team has been one of the best-attacking teams this season. The Hammers average 2.5 goals per game this season with an xG rate of almost nine already. The attacks have been a mixture of positional and counter-attacks.
The Hammers have attempted 38 shots from inside the opposition penalty area, and 20 of the shots have been on target. The team averages almost five shots on target from inside the box in every game. They are ranked high for attempting shots this season.
West Ham has played well, and the team is ranked high in almost every department. The team has struggled to supply smart passes. Out of the 22 smart passes, only seven have been successful. The through passes attempted are only 30 in number, and six have been successful.
Antonio will be an absentee after the forward received a red card in the previous match. He is the joint top scorer with four goals in the league. Benrahma is another threat in the Hammers team and already have two goals and assists each to his name this season.
Manchester United won their previous match against Newcastle by a scoreline of 4-1. Cristiano Ronaldo started for the first time since signing from Juventus and led the United team.
The Red Devils are the joint top scorers of the league with 11 goals in four matches played. Ole’s men have relied on counter-attacking football and have managed to create 23 of them in total. This is followed by the third highest touches in the opposition box this season and only behind rivals Man City and Liverpool.
Manchester United have been the third-best team when we look at the number of passes attempted into the opposition final third. The success rate is also high as 190 passes have been completed in this category. 93 passes have also been attempted into the opposition box.
A very few defensive duels have been contested by United players this season and have won the least amount of duels. The aerial duels contested are also less and the team has attempted very few crosses this season.
Paul Pogba has been the playmaker for United this season. The French international already has seven assists to his name. Bruno possesses a goal-scoring threat along with fellow Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who will try to score in back to back games.
The match promises to bring some excitement, and both teams have attacked well this season. Man United and West Ham will look to continue their unbeaten run in the season in a battle of two top attacking teams this season.