Follow all the action from the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola takes on Moyes
Manchester City host West Ham United on Sunday in what is a meeting between two ofthe most in-form sides in the Premier League. Pep Guardiola’s side can go back into second with a win, but can also put the pressure on leaders Chelsea who play later in the day by moving level on points with them. They have won back-to-back games in the top flight since a surprise defeat to Crystal Palace.
The Hammers, meanwhile, are up in fourth and if they take the points today, they can move level on points with City – and having beaten Liverpool just before the international break, David Moyes’ side will be confident they can trouble the big clubs once more. Both sides were victorious in Europe during the week, with City beating PSG and West Ham easily seeing off Rapid Vienna.
City have the best defensive record in the league in home games, conceding just twice so far, but only Chelsea have taken more points on the road than the Hammers. Follow all the team news and match updates below:
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Chelsea’s leading goalscorer
Reece James has four goals and four assists from seven Premier League starts so far this season – he has scored or assisted in each of Chelsea’s last four league matches.
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Head-to-head
Chelsea haven’t beaten Manchester United in the last seven Premier League meetings. There have been four draws and three defeats for the Blues in that time.
Chelsea have also failed to score in their last four league games against the Red Devils. However, they remain the only team to have won more Premier League matches against United than they have lost, with 18 victories and 17 defeats.
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Carrick on benching Ronaldo
Michael Carrick spoke to Sky Sports about his Manchester United starting XI and why he felt it was best to start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. He said:
Chelsea vs Man Utd: ‘He puts the puzzle together’: How Ralf Rangnick can transform Manchester United
In the boardroom where most of the big decisions at RB Leipzig are made, Julian Nagelsmann provided a window into why Ralf Rangnick – soon to be Manchester United’s interim manager – is so overwhelmingly respected in the inner sphere of the sport.
“He puts the puzzle together, he makes a club whole,” he said. “It’s sustainability with style and being really football smart.”
As the architect of the Red Bull franchise, Rangnick catapulted the two clubs to the cutting edge of analytics, talent identification, trading, sports science, gegenpressing and training
Chelsea vs Man Utd
Reaction from Manchester City’s win over West Ham is still to come but now the focus moves to Stamford Bridge where league leaders Chelsea take on Manchester United. Here are the two line-ups:
Chelsea XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Alonso, Ziyech, Werner, Hudson-Odoi
Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles, McTominay, Matic, Fred, Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford
There’s no Cristiano Ronaldo for Man Utd who has to settle for a place on the bench as caretaker boss Michael Carrick elects to go with three holding midfielders and pace up top through Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
Chelsea set up in their familiar 3-4-3 formation. N’Golo Kante and Ben Chilwell are injured so there are starts for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marcos Alonso whilst Timo Werner is given the nod ahead of Romelu Lukaku to lead the line.
Man City 2 – 1 West Ham
Manchester City are up to second in the table behind Chelsea on goal difference before the Blues take on Manchester United at 4:30pm. The defeat isn’t disastrous for West Ham, they’re still fourth in the table and put in a good showing against the Premier League champions.
Full-time: Man City 2 – 1 West Ham
90+5 mins: Lanzini’s goal is the final touch of the game as the whistle goes for full-time. Manchester City have the win. It was a tough game for them, West Ham were difficult to break down and threatening when they pushed forward. Fernandinho’s goal settled the game with a few minutes to go and the fans were treated to one last spectacle with Lanzini’s last minute strike!
GOAL! Man City 2 – 1 West Ham (Lanzini, 90+4’)⚽️
90+4 mins: What a strike! Out of nothing Manuel Lanzini brings the bouncing ball down on the inside left channel and shoots on the spin. He fires the shot into the near post as Ederson leaps across to keep it out but the ball hits the inside of the post and rebounds into the back of the net!
Man City 2 – 0 West Ham
90+1 mins: There’s four added minutes to play. Man City have another goal disallowed after Ferandinho sends a through ball to play Jesus in behind the lines. He carries the ball into the box, lifts it over Fabianski and finds the back of the net but the offside flag goes up against him,
GOAL! Man City 2 – 0 West Ham (Fernandinho, 90’)⚽️
90 mins: Fernandinho wraps up the points! A short corner comes back to Jesus who gets tackled. The loose ball comes to Rodri and Jesus is switched on enough to sprint into the box. He receives the pass and pulls it back to the front edge of the area where Fernandinho runs onto the ball and guides it into the near bottom corner!