Manchester United have received a boost for next week’s Premier League game at West Ham.
Hammers striker Michail Antonio was sent off in the 0-0 draw in Southampton.
This means Antonio will be suspended from West Ham’s home game against Manchester United next Sunday.
Antonio was just named August Premier League Player of the Month, ousting Mason Greenwood in the votes.
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The striker had scored four goals in his first four Premier League games earlier in the season and started the season in great shape, including providing three assists.
West Ham are pretty weak in terms of forward coverage for Antonio and this suspension seriously affects their chances of getting a result against United next weekend.
A normally tough away game at the London stadium could have become a little easier for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Antonio’s dismissal was due to two bookings. While this means he will not be canceled, he will only be banned from one game.
This means that Antonio will be available on match days of the Carabao Cup after the Premier League game at Old Trafford.
The game is likely to put him up against United’s second choice, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, rather than Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
If they were hoping for an easier game against West Ham’s back-up strikers they are unlikely to get one as Antonio is now expected to start in that cup game.
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