FIVE Things We Learnt About West Ham Against Manchester United

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QPR at the weekend is our priority – With an amended formation and Sam Allardyce resting crucial players such as Joe Cole, Jarvis and Demel, it was obvious that regaining our position in the Premier League is the main aim for this season. So although a win and an opportunity to progress in cup would have been a bonus, our next match against QPR takes precedence.




Decisions always go against the away team at Old Trafford – As Sam quite rightly put it after the match in regards to West Ham’s stonewall penalty that was turned down. “You see it time and again at Old Trafford”. Another match at Old Trafford and another decision that goes against away team.




We can have faith in youth – One of the positives that came out of a good performance against a reasonably full strength Manchester United was the introduction of Academy players in the team with Jordan Spence and Danny Potts starting as wing backs and Elliot Lee coming on for Ricardo Vaz Te. Of course this was dictated by the injuries we have suffered in recent weeks but this wasn’t a cup match against lower league opposition. This was against the team currently occupying the top of the table and Sam obviously thought that they could compete.





Big Sam can change formations – Following the injury to James Collins at Sunderland, Sam was quoted as saying he was looking at other formations for this match and he didn’t disappoint – 5-3-2 with wing backs and two up front! Not the 4-5-1 we’ve seen all season and it was a bonus to see two up front for a change.




ITV think that Manchester United have a monopoly over the term ‘United’ – Andy Townsend, if you’re reading, this just to let you know that there are plenty of United’s in British football not just Manchester United. In fact on Wednesday there were two playing against each other! Please stop referring to Manchester United as simply United.




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