By Anthony Onifade

5th May, 2023 | 9:19am

ExWHUemployee shares West Ham United injury boost ahead of Premier League clash v Manchester United

West Ham United stars Declan Rice, Nayef Aguerd and Tomas Soucek are all expected to be back in action v Manchester United on Sunday, according to ExWHUemployee.

The Hammers were forced to send their key performers home ahead of Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City because of a sickness bug picked earlier in the day. [Simon Stone, BBC]

West Ham United will be looking to go seven points clear of the bottom three when they take on the Red Devils at the London Stadium on Sunday [7 May] and reliable insider Ex [5 May] has provided a timely boost ahead of the fixture.

Speaking on the West Ham Way podcast [5 May], Ex revealed there was no way West Ham United were able to field their youngsters on the bench for the game. And that Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta and Angelo Ogbonna were able replacements after being expected to start on the bench

He said: “There was no chance for younger players to make their way up in time to replace them.

”We believe the three players were replaced by Bowen, Paqueta and Ogbonna who were all on the bench originally.

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“All three are due to be fit for Sunday’s game against Manchester United.”

Timely boost

West Ham United may have suffered a defeat at the hands of Manchester United’s noisy neighbours City on Wednesday night [3 May] but it was an all-round performance that David Moyes will have certainly been encouraged by, especially in the first half.

The Hammers were without key stars Rice, Soucek and Aguerd who were ruled out hours before the game at the Etihad, arguably ruining their chances of claiming something from the game.

However, Ex’s update is sure to provide the Irons faithful with some hope that they can right those wrongs against City’s fierce rivals Manchester United.

The key trio are expected to be back for Sunday’s pivotal encounter at the London Stadium – in what is a must-win game for West Ham United if they are to all but confirm their Premier League status for next season.

They’ll be up against a Manchester United side hell-bent on securing their Champions League place but Erik ten Hag’s side are known to allow inconsistencies to creep into their game recently which may hand Moyes and his men all the encouragement they need in claiming a first home victory over the Red Devils since 2019.