United saw a 3-1 lead slip at Leicester to eventually lose the game 5-3 while West Ham played Liverpool off the park in a 3-1 win, which left Brendan Rodgers’ team with some questions to answer.
The attacks of both of these teams have produced the same number of goals although Manchester United’s frontline has piled on the goals since the big money business they did at the back end of the transfer window.
Four goals against QPR and three at Leicester represent the majority of their goalscoring efforts so far this season.
West Ham have actually had more efforts on goal so far this season, which means that Louis van Gaal’s team have the slightly better conversion rate on average from games played so far.
The defences of each team also look very similar; exactly the same number of goals conceded and virtually the same number of tackles being made from each side.
The one area where United are clearly ahead is interceptions, which suggests LvG has got his team reading the game well and trying to prevent dangerous situations before they develop.
Although the home side will probably be considered favourites, this looks like a very difficult game to call. Manchester United’s attacking players could make the difference but the Hammers certainly won’t roll over.