Sunday, November 27, 2016 4:30 PM
Sir Matt Busby Way, Central, Manchester, M16 0RA, United Kingdom
Homeground of Manchester United
Event DescriptionThe 20 time Premier League Champions Manchester United will face West Ham United on Saturday the 5th December and both sides will be hoping for victory despite Manchester United being favourites.
Manchester united are one of the most successful sides in English football and have won the English Premier League a record 20 times. Their most recent title was in the 2012-2013 season which was also legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge of the Red Devils after a trophy laden 27 years at the club. Since then United have faltered with David Moyes' first and only season at the club being considered a complete disaster after they finished 7th in the League, their lowest end of season position since the 1989-1990 season, and as a result missed out on Champions League football. However since the appointment of successful Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal, and the considerable amount of money spent on incoming players, Manchester United's fortunes have risen. After a 4th placed finish in the 2013-2015 season they are back in the Champions League and once again battling against the best teams in Europe, where they will hope to add to their 3 Champions League trophies and try to catch up with their rivals Liverpool's 5 victories in the competition.
Slaven Bilic's West Ham United have also experienced a turbulent time as of late but have much to look forward to with this being their last season at the Boleyn Ground and a heavily anticipated move to the Olympic Stadium coming next season. West Ham United have never won the Premier League and as recently as the 2011-2012 season were competing in the second tier of English football, the Championship. However since Sam Allardyce led the club to a 3rd place finish and promotion to the Premier League, West Ham have managed three consecutive mid-table finishes, largely down to the often unflattering brand of football that Allardyce favours. After finally having enough of his long ball tactics the board decided not to renew Allardyce's contract and have instead hired former fan favourite Slaven Bilic to hopefully usher in an era of more exciting football.
Manchester United are undoubtably the more successful Club both domestically and in Europe, having won the English Premier League 20 times, the English FA Cup 11 times and the European Cup 3 times. West Ham have had some modest success in the past having won 3 FA Cups with their most recent victory coming in 1980. Their only meaningful success in Europe was their victory in the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965.
Although this may appear to be a mismatch, nothing is ever certain in English football and an upset is completely possible.