Manchester United have received a boost for next week’s Premier League game away to West Ham.
Hammers forward Michail Antonio was sent off in their 0-0 draw away at Southampton.
This means Antonio will be suspended for West Ham’s home game against Manchester United next Sunday.
Antonio was just named the Premier League player of the month for August, edging out Mason Greenwood in the votes.
The forward had scored four goals in his first four Premier League games to start the season, beginning the campaign in terrific form, also supplying three assists.
West Ham are fairly weak on striker cover for Antonio and this suspension seriously damages their chances of getting a result over United next weekend.
A normally tough away game at the London Stadium may have got a little easier for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Antonio’s sending off was a result of two bookings. While this means it won’t be overturned, it does mean he will just be suspended for one match.
This means Antonio will be available to start at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup match days after the Premier League game.
The match is likely to pit him against United’s second choice backline of 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 forwards, they are unlikely to get one, with Antonio now expected to start that cup fixture.
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