Manchester United Under-21’s will be hoping to continue their battle for the Barclays Under-21 Premier League title on Tuesday, as they host a struggling West Ham United.

Warren Joyce’s side will welcome the Hammers to Leigh Sports Village, and with free entry for all supporters, he will be hoping to see the Reds claim another three points as the season begins to draw to a close.

The fixture will be the first outing for the youth side since a 2-1 triumph at Everton last month – in which first team players James Wilson and Paddy McNair netted to overcome the tough task of the Toffees. Manager Joyce was pleased with the past result, and commented:

“Different types of lessons were learnt against Everton in terms of all-round education because it was a hard, bumpy pitch, which I’m not sure came across properly on television, and another test we had to overcome.”

Previous goalscorer Wilson was unavailable for selection during international duty after his premature exit against Everton, but is likely to return for the fixture. Joe Rothwell has also recovered from a recent injury after scoring a number of goals in the Nike Academy Cup, which featured Adnan Januzaj and Andreas Pereira. With the two recently appearing in the first team’s victory over Aston Villa, Liam Grimshaw and Ashley Fletcher were also notable names in the squad.

With Southampton losing to Sunderland on Easter Monday, Liverpool currently trail the Red Devils by a single point. The Merseyside outfit will entertain Fulham on Tuesday afternoon, and could play a pivotal role in the final standings of the league.

West Ham, on the other hand, sit eight points adrift at the bottom, with relegation to the second tier looking imminent. However, the London side gave a good account of themselves in their last meeting with Joyce’s side, as only a 78th minute winner from Will Keane could secure a 2-1 victory back in October.

Manchester United currently sit at the top of the table with 27 points from 16 games.

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