By George Overhill

6th May, 2023 | 9:10am

West Ham United vs Manchester United result predicted by Mark Lawrenson

Mark Lawrenson has predicted West Ham to record a “cautious” draw when Manchester United visit the London Stadium on Sunday evening (7 May).

The Hammers are in need of something in return after going on a run of three defeats, despite a significant improvement in performances prior.

They remain four points from the bottom three so anything from the game would make a big difference, and Erik ten Hag’s men lost to a 99th-minute penalty at Brighton on Thursday (4 May) so Lawrenson has gone for a 1-1 scoreline.

He said in his predictions for Paddy Power: “Man United have been playing non-stop it seems in recent weeks. They just played on Thursday night at Brighton, losing in the last minute, and now they’re away again to face West Ham.

“They look a better team recently than have all season and they are difficult to play against.

“But I think if you said to David Moyes now would you take a draw, he would. He’ll be very vigilant and cautious at home and I can see this playing out as a draw.”

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It may have been somewhat more unfortunate this time around than it has been on other occasions this season, but once again David Moyes’ side took the injustice of defeat at home to Liverpool on 26 April when a late penalty was denied and were knocked off course.

A defeat at the Etihad to Manchester City can’t really be helped by anyone this season so perhaps that one can be excused, but a 4-3 reverse in between was disappointing given there was a decent amount of fight.

Getting back on track with even a point at home this weekend would help steady the ship, when it may only be three or four points required for safety now.

Manchester United aren’t in sparkling form themselves at the moment, having been knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla and thrown away a two-goal lead against Tottenham in recent weeks.

Salvaging some pride from the final weeks would at least lift morale for the end of the European run and send fans into the summer on a positive note.

It would also provide less of a sour end for Moyes in what is likely to be his last few outings as West Ham boss.