Preview: West Ham United vs. Manchester United

West Ham will be without Carlton Cole and Matthew Upson for Saturday’s Premier League match against Manchester United at Upton Park.

Striker Cole is set to be out until the end of January with a knee ligament injury sustained in the Hammers’ 5-3 win against Burnley last weekend, while centre-back Upson has not fully recovered from a hamstring strain.

Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami is missing with a knee injury while a muscle strain sidelines Luis Jimenez.

Alessandro Diamanti is back from a hip complaint and is in contention but Mark Noble is a doubt with a virus.

Edwin van der Sar is set to return to the Manchester United line-up for Saturday’s Premier League trip to the capital to face West Ham.

The veteran Dutchman has missed three games since injuring his knee in a collision with Everton‘s Tim Cahill at Old Trafford a fortnight ago but has now recovered and is expected to replace Tomasz Kuszczak.

Jonny Evans (calf) and John O’Shea (dead leg) are still sidelined, along with long-term casualties Rio Ferdinand (back) and Owen Hargreaves (knee).


West Ham (from): Green, Kurucz, Faubert, Da Costa, Gabbidon, Daprela, Tomkins, Ilunga, Spector, Kovac, Noble, Parker, Collison, Payne, Diamanti, Dyer, Hines, Stanislas, Franco.

Man Utd (from): Van der Sar, Foster, Kuszczak, Neville, O’Shea, Brown, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Rafael, Valencia, Anderson, Fletcher, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs, Nani, Berbatov, Rooney, Owen, Macheda, Welbeck.