Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for West Ham v Man United
Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Manchester United's clash with West Ham in London on Monday
Mark Lawrenson is tipping Manchester United to keep up their fine form in the Premier League by beating West Ham United 2-1 at the London Stadium on Monday afternoon.
The Red Devils head into the game looking to continue their fine form in the top flight after their 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday at Old Trafford.
That victory was Manchester United’s fifth in a row in the top flight and Jose Mourinho’s men know that a win over the Hammers on Monday would move them to within 10 points of Premier League leaders Chelsea before the Blues’ trip to Tottenham on Wednesday night.
And despite Lawrenson admitting that he has been impressed by what he has seen from West Ham in recent weeks, he feels that Mourinho’s men will have too much for the east London side.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: “Manchester United had a slight scare against Middlesbrough, though I do think the Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal which was wrongly chalked off would have made things easier. They have the bit between their teeth and look far more of a football team than we saw in the first three months of the season.
“I think Jose Mourinho made changes against Boro with a view to this fixture, which looks harder on paper. West Ham will feel they should have got a point at Leicester and it’s no coincidence their improvement in form has come when the likes of Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew have returned.
“Still, Manchester United will have too much.”
Manchester United finished fifth and won the FA Cup under Louis van Gaal last season.