This weekend sees the Hammers head to Old Trafford to face a Manchester United side whose performances have been particularly underwhelming as of late. Louis van Gaal’s reign hasn’t quite started in the way many had predicted, with the Dutchman managing just a single win from his opening five Premier League games, and picking up various injuries along the way which will hopefully work in the Hammers’ favour.
West Ham’s impressive 3-1 home victory over a strong Liverpool side last weekend will see the Hammers go into battle at Old Trafford, full of confidence. The apparent new brand of football coming out of the Boleyn Ground this season gives the side even more reason for optimism, alongside the fact that United are without centre backs Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones due to injury. I am sure Hammers fans will once again, be relishing the sight of new striker Diafra Sakho in action following his impressive goal record thus far this campaign – scoring three goals in three starts, including a superb chip last weekend. With the injury crisis Manchester United have in defence, I see no reason why Sam Allardyce cannot set up in the exact same way as he did last week, and attack from the outset.
Despite going through a period of transition at the moment, Manchester United I am sure, will not be and should not be underestimated. The Red Devils have spent excessively over the summer and acquired some outstanding players including the likes of Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria and the prolific Radamel Falcao – Our centre halves, presumably Winston Reid and James Tomkins, will have to be on top form for ninety minutes if we are to stand any chance of quashing United’s superb attacking threat and taking something back to East London.
Hammers fans including myself have some good memories of visits to Old Trafford in recent times: Carlos Tevez’ *all hail* goal to keep us in the Premier League is a personal highlight, whilst Paolo Di Canio’s goal against Fabien Barthez I am sure, will live long in the memory of many supporters. Let’s just hope that this weekend sees the side replicate those performances, and last weekend’s performance and have a real go at Manchester United
Let me know what you guys think – will we be able to capitalise on United’s defensive issues, or will their attacking threat simply prove too strong?
My prediction: Manchester United 2-2 West Ham