Manchester United vs West Ham – Parker key to any hope of result

Under pressure Avram Grant is in for a rough few weeks as his West Ham team prepare to make the trip to Old Trafford before hosting Chelsea in their following Premier League game.

Yet to register any points in the league and only managing to scrape through thire Carling Cup tie against League Two Oxford United, Grant is under pressure from the Hammers faithful to start producing results.

West Ham have failed to win away from home since the opening game of the 2009/10 season, losing on the last five occasions against Manchester United, and their odds of 14/1 suggest another defeat is on the cards.

Wayne Rooney is on a barren run of late, failing to find the net in the last six months, but United will hope they have their talismanic striker fit after a virus ruled him out of the trip to Fulham.

Rooney scored three goals in the two games against the Hammers last season whilst United are averaging 3.25 goals per game from their last 12 home Premier League games, making the 14/1 for Rooney to score first and United to win 3-0 enticing.

Grant is in a frantic search for a striker before the transfer window closes on Tuesday, West Ham have only managed the one goal this season, and they are looking to secure the services of Victor Obinna on loan from Inter Milan.

The Hammers will be relying on midfielder Scott Parker, a 6/1 shot to score anytime, to cope with Paul Scholes’ impressive form but the United midfield should have enough class to justify their 1/7 favouritism.

Edwin Van der Sar is 4/6 to keep a clean sheet. See the full Manchester United vs West Ham match betting market here.