Paul Merson has admitted he was wrong in predicting that West Ham could have been a “banana skin” for Manchester City to slip on in the opening game of the Premier League season on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s side hammered the Irons, winning 5-0 at the London Stadium with Raheem Sterling helping himself to a hat-trick in the process.
West Ham have a history of being rolled over by Man City on their home turf and Merson has now claimed that he was wrong to suggest that would not happen again after what was a sold summer transfer window at the London club.
“I don’t know who will stop them,” Merson told Sky Sports. “I thought West Ham was a bit of a banana skin – an early game, away from home, West Ham with a couple of new signings. But City just dismantled them.”
West Ham fans can’t be discouraged by their defeat to Manchester City because Guardiola’s side are just on another level compared to everyone else in the Premier League, except maybe Liverpool, and on their day they can hit five past just about anyone. West Ham still had a solid summer transfer window by getting rid of fringe players like Andy Carroll and undesirables like Marko Arnautovic to bring in exciting younger players like Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller. We will see on Saturday when the Hammers play Brighton just how good this side is. Brighton did well on Saturday but they are going to be a much easier test for the Irons than Man City were, so fans should expect to see their side get into the swing of things down on the south coast. Don’t worry about the Man City result. There’s a good chance that the reigning champions will go unbeaten this season with how strong they are.