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 United, who look to make it three successive wins in a row this weekend, take on London side West Ham. Ferguson will return to his touch line position this after serving his two match ban for comments he made about Alan Wiley earlier this season giving the reds an extra boost. 

Form

The term inconsistency is one that is often associated with the Hammers as since their arrival back to top flight football in 2005, Zola’s men have only achieved mid table mediocrity and this season has been no different. So far this season, Gianfranco Zola’s side have only achieved three wins and five draws putting them seventh in the Barclays Premier League table. The Hammer’s most recent win, which came against newly promoted Burnley, was last week when they triumphed with a 5-3 victory. Whereas, United are the total opposite with ten wins and only one draw making them only five points behind table leaders Chelsea. West Ham’s failure to keep a clean sheet since August will encourage Ferguson’s men to create a third successive win after three and four goal thrillers over Portsmouth and Everton.

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Gianfranco Zola’s side are an injury stricken side with regulars Carlton Cole (knee), Valon Behrami (knee), and Mathew Upson (hamstring) all defiantly sidelined with injury. Alessandro Diamanti is also a doubt the Hammers after picking up a hip injury against Burnley last week. Calum Davenport (thigh), Dean Ashton (ankle) and Luis Boa Morte (knee) are all still sidelined with long term injuries. United, who have no fresh injury concerns after their midweek Carling Cup tie against Tottenham, are still without defenders Jonny Evans (ankle), John O’shea (thigh), Fabio (Groin) and Rio Ferdinand (back) who is likely to be out until after Christmas. Owen Hargreaves is also still out but likely to return for the red devils soon after returning to full training. Tomasz Kuszczak is also likely to lose his position in goal with United’s number one Edwin Van der Sar now fully fit following a collision with Tim Cahill in the 3-0 win over Everton a fortnight ago.

Likely Line Ups

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Vidic, Brown, Evra, Giggs, Carrick, Fletcher, Valencia, Rooney, Berbatov.

West Ham: Green, Spector, Gabbidon, Da Costa, Ilunga, Parker, Kovac, Collison, Stanislas, Hines, Franco.

Official

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Northamptonshire’s Peter Walton will have the whistle on Saturday. Both teams won their last matches with him in charge, and his last game between the two sides was last season when United won 2-0 at Old Trafford. Walton also oversaw Tottenham’s 9-1 demolition of Wigan nearly a fortnight ago.

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