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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will still be without defender Joey O’Brien and forward Marco Borriello when Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United visit Upton Park on Saturday.

O’Brien has not featured since a 0-0 draw at Chelsea in January, due to a dislocated shoulder, and on-loan AC Milan striker Borriello remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Midfielder Joe Cole came off the bench in last weekend’s defeat at Stoke for only his second league appearance of the year and will be pushing for a start.

Meanwhile, striker Robin van Persie will miss the game because of a knee injury.

United will assess winger Antonio Valencia after he sustained a gruesome black eye against Olympiakos in midweek.

Defenders Jonny Evans (calf) and Chris Smalling (hamstring) are doubtful, but Nemanja Vidic is definitely out through suspension.

West Ham have won their last three home games and unusually this season have almost their entire squad fit for selection, including Andy Carroll, anxious to demonstrate to Roy Hodgson that he should be on the plane to Brazil.

Manchester United are less fortunate with Robin Van Persie out after his European hat-trick as well as the suspended Nemanja Vidic.

David Moyes will hope the boost of making it to the Champions League quarter final is a turning point for his season; Sam Allardyce will just be expecting his side play rather better than they did last weekend at Stoke

Stat of the game: Manchester United have scored 11 goals in their last four visits to Upton Park.

West Ham (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Adrian; Demel, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney; Diamé, Noble, Nocerino, Downing; Nolan; Carroll.
Out: Borriello (calf), O’Brien (shoulder).

Manchester United (Possible, 4-2-3-1): De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Carrick, Fellaini; Welbeck, Mata, Young; Rooney,.
Out: Van Persie (knee), Vidic (suspended).
Tests: Evans (calf), Smalling (hamstring), Valencia (head).

Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 18, R5 Y58.

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