Sunday 4 February 2024

Time to focus - the business end of the season has truly begun

It's been a drab January at West ham, with an annoying cup exit to Bristol city, injuries and Afcon absences and an underwhelming transfer window.

The drawn games against Sheff Utd and Bournemouth have taken the energy out of Moyes' mens push for a European spot, while the continued absences of Paqueta and Antonio have left us sonewhat blunt up top.

That said, a win today at Ye Olde Trafford would raise the spirits and kick start our stuttering season.  The good news is that Coufal and Aguerd are back in the starting XI, while Alvarez and Bowen will be sharper as they recover from recent niggles.

Man Utd are also moving back towards their strongest side and will be buoyed by their win over Wolves. 

Let's hope Moyes doesn't go all cagey - a rarely successful strategy against the bigger clubs but one he seems to rigidly follow. This Man Utd side is certainly vulnerable if you attack them.

Anyone for a 2-2 draw? Moyes' men rarely fail to score these days but are not as tight at the back as they could be. Interestingly, Pablo Fornals is quoted at 11/2 to score by the bookies!!!

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Johnson, Zouma ©, Aguerd, Emerson, Álvarez, Souček, Ward-Prowse, Kudus, Bowen

Subs: Fabiański (GK), Mavropanos, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Scarles, Phillips, Cornet, Ings, Mubama