United v West Ham
United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford this Saturday in a fixture that gives them the chance to get back to winning ways against a side that has yet to taste the sweet smell of victory in the Premier League this season.
After criticising the way some clubs go about their transfer spending, labelling them as kamikaze but without naming names, that lot across the city have got all agitated, As we prepare to face West Ham a side that Avram Grant describes as:-
"This team carried a lot of psychology problems. When everything goes well we are okay, when it does not we area bit nervous."
We feel the sae applies to those who spout the usual guff from within the confines of Eastlands with the latest out-pouring being,
"Nobody has ever condemned United or Chelsea when they`ve spent money in the past, because they have brought in quality. We think we`ve brought in quality too."
"The rivalry with United is a great thing. They`ve been successful and we`re trying to surpass them."
"But we have some way to go. They`ve kept it going throughout Sir Alex`s tenure whereas we`re embarking on it now."
Oh dear, do you think we`ve gotten under their skin?
Manchester United Team News:
Sir Alex goes into the match without the injured trio of Anderson, Ferdinand and Hargreaves. Rooney who missed the last fixture with a virus is expected to be recalled now he`s fit again as Sir Alex contemplates whether to make changes to the side that capitulated late-on at Craven Cottage last Sunday where the central defence looked a troubled area without Ferdinand.
Player to watch: Wayne Rooney
The longer Wayne goes without ending this supposed goal drought that dates back to March and a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich, the more it`ll become a millstone around his neck. Hopefully, Saturday will see Wayne get his name back on the scoresheet!
West Ham Team News:
Two defeats in two Premier League games have seen West Ham get off to a poor start. Avram Grant will be keen to get something from the fixture at Old Trafford but if he is to do so he`ll do it without the services of the injured Collison, Hines, Kurucz and Hitzlsperger. But he should be able to welcome back Upson who missed the narrow Carling Cup win over Oxford after suffering a broken nose against Bolton last Saturday.
Player to watch: Scott Parker
A rare commodity in the modern game, an English midfielder not scared to put the foot in where it hurts and a player that can get from box-to-box throughout the ninety minutes. With so many clubs reportedly tracking him with a view to swooping before the transfer window closes, this could be his last game in the claret and blue of West Ham.
Match Facts & Stats
We have the Indian sign over West Ham United. In our last five meetings we`ve smashed 14 goals past them but only conceding one in return.
We also have the knowledge that in the last fifteen contests between the two clubs we`ve only lost twice.
Couple that with West Ham`s awful away form, form that hasn`t seen them win an away game since August 2009, and you can see why this fixture has home win written all over it.
Man in charge - Mark Clattenburg Assistants - Martin Yerby and Adam Watts Fourth official - Michael Jones
After the disappointment of chucking away two points at Craven Cottage last time out, the prospect of dropping further points to a West Ham team that haven`t made the best of starts is a nightmare scenario. But it`s a scenario that isn`t likely to happen. United have a decent record against West Ham and this Saturday will carve out another win, probably by more than a two goal margin, to keep the pressure up on Chelsea who, at the time of writing, head-up the Premier League table.
An away trip to Everton lies in wait for United next weekend.