Manchester United 0-0 West Ham United: As it happened
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16:58 - Thank you for joining me for VAVEL's coverage of Manchester United - West Ham you  can find me on Twitter @Danialkennedy95 and until next time have a great afternoon

16:56 - Thexsecond half failed to live up to what the first 45 had produced and Van Gaal will be very disappointed that another opportunity to go top of the table has been wasted

16:56 - It was West Ham who had the better opportunities especially in the first half when they clattered the post on two seperate occassions

16:55 - Another disappointing draw for Louis Van Gaal's side

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80' United continue to look for the opening goal as Depay plays the ball to Martial 12 yards out but his effort was just wide of the post

71' - That was Schweinsteiger's final contribution as he his brought off for Depay

69' - Martial takes it past two defenders but his actual attmept on goal was blocked by Tomkins the ball came to Schweinsteiger but his effort was over the crossbar

65' - Mata has a great chance when he runs at the heart of the West Ham defence before playing it to Martial who plays it back to the Spaniard but he put it wide of the post

56'  Great chance ofr United when Martial plays it Lingard on the by-line who attempts to cut it inside to Fellaini but Adrian is down at his feet to collect the efffort. 0-0

53' - Zarate cutsin from the wing to fire a low drive at De Gea who does well to save

45' - We are back underway at Old Trafford

15:50: Umited have pretty much been on the back foot so far in terms of opportunities and with the opportunity to go top fter Manchester City's defeat Louis Van Gaal will be expecting a lot better in the second period

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41- Another sub as Carrick is brought off for Schniederlin

35' - Another injury concern for the Hammers as Moses is forced off to be replaced by Antonio

22' - They have hit the post again! Zarate turns provider as his corner is met Reid and his bullet header beats De Gea but cant beat the post

20' - West Ham hit the post! A cross to the near post is met by Zarate with his effort been spilled by De Gea before Smalling attmepted clearance which is blocked by the striker and clatters the woodwork

15' - Reid produces a goal stopping block when the brought down for Martial six yards out but the defender is there to stop the effort fiding the net

11'- De Gea produced a fantastic save when Moses was played through one-on-one but the Spaniard stood tall and blocked the effort

9' - First real chance when McNair curls a ball towards Fellaini at the back post but he cant get his header on target

1'-Underway at Old Trafford!

14:10 - West Ham starting XI: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Kouyate, Moses, Zarate, Carroll

14:05- Mancheter United starting XI: De Gea, Darmian, McNair, Smalling, Blind, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Mata, Fellaini, Lingard, Martial

14:00- Hello everyone and welcome to VAVEL's coverage of Manchester United - West Ham

The recent head-to-head record between these two falls well in favour of the Red Devils as the last time they were defeated by the East-London side was back in 2010 in the League Cup.

Since then they have remain unbeaten in the next nine matches between them winning six and drawing three.

They edged out then Sam Allardyce’s side last time they met at Old Trafford with a 2-1 victory but it took a late goal from Daley Blind in February to cancel Cheikhou Kouyate’s effort to earn a 1-1 draw the last time they met.

Van Gaal has some significant absentees from there squad ahead of the visit of the Hammers with captain Wayne Rooney and Marcos Rojo who have been ruled with an ankle and a dislocated shoulder respectively.

Youngster Jesse Lingard is set to return after a minor hamstring problem but Ander Herrera and Phil Jones still remain unavailable.

A big blow for the visitors will be the absence of striker Diafra Sakho who has been sidelined for three months with a thigh injury and will be replaced by Andy Carroll.

Mark Noble and James Collins will be available for selection once again after they served their separate suspensions.

However since the win over the current champions Chelsea which was another huge scalp to add their collection their form as dipped slightly as they have achieved two draws and two defeats in the last four matches.

Their poor run started off with a defeat to newly-promoted Watford before a draw and defeat to Everton and Tottenham respectively.

They had a good opportunity to turn that misfortune around last week with a clash with West Brom and got off to a great start with Mauro Zarate’s opener but an own goal from Winston Reid saw them drop points once again.

West Ham have been one of the best performers so far this campaign especially in their away form and could make history with a victory on Saturday.

Slaven Bilic has already masterminded away victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and with a win against United they would become the first side to beat those sides on their own doorstep in the same season.

It was the Foxes who struck first with Jamie Vardy claiming his record-breaking goal but Bastian Schweinsteiger’s first goal claimed the point but Van Gaal will be disappointed that his side could grab the bull by the horns.

It will be perfect opportunity to increase the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s side as they only sit one point behind City who play in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture against Stoke and with three sides to play in the bottom half of the table it could be an interesting festive season.

Louis Van Gaal’s sides recent run of form has been excellent as they currently remain six matches unbeaten and have yet to beaten on the hollow turf of Old Trafford this campaign conceding just the one goal.

They had the perfect opportunity to go top of the Premier League last weekend when they faced a tough task in an unexpected top of the table clash with Leicester City.

Manchester United have another opportunity to keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon when they welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford.

Welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of today's fixture between Manchester United and West Ham United. Kick-off is set for 3pm, but stick with us as we preview the game, and get team news before kick-off.

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