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West Ham team news: Antonio provides Pellegrini boost ahead of Manchester United trip

West Ham team news: Antonio provides Pellegrini boost ahead of Manchester United trip

There is no denying that West Ham United have been poor on the road this season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have not been able to put in consistent performances away from home throughout the campaign and could find it extremely tough to do so against Manchester United in Saturday’s late kickoff.

And, with some mixed injury news heading into the game, whether the Hammers have a chance of ending their poor form remains to be seen.

What’s the News?

West Ham will have Michail Antonio available for selection ahead of their encounter with Manchester United, according to Sky Sports’ match preview.

The winger missed their defeat to Chelsea on Monday with an ankle injury, however, he has since recovered and could come into the reckoning.

Samir Nasri, though, will be unavailable for Pellegrini as the former France international continues to struggle with a calf problem as he joins a number of other players on the treatment table.

The Verdict:

Antonio’s return to fitness and availability for the game against Manchester United will come as a welcome boost for Pellegrini and his side.

The winger has put in some crucial performances for the Hammers this season and has been able to contribute with some important goals at important times.

The 29-year-old’s versatility is incredibly useful to West Ham as he can play in either attack or defence, providing Pellegrini with a number of options in how to set up his side and can look to adapt his system to the challenge they face with ease when he is in the side.

Nasri’s absence, however, will come as a blow for the Hammers as he has shown glimpses of quality, especially in some of their bigger games.

The former France international was outstanding against Arsenal in January and he showed the vision and creativity skills he has against Huddersfield Town a month or so ago when he came onto the pitch. A second-half substitute, Nasri turned the game on its head and managed to help provide the Irons with all three points with a stunning contribution.

The 31-year-old has added that vision in the final third from the midfield that has been desperately lacking at the London Stadium this season and that is something they would have looked to make use of at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

West Ham fans, what do you make of the mixed injury news? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.

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