Mark Lawrenson has backed West Ham to beat Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday, when writing his regular prediction column for BBC Sport.

The Hammers have made a decent start to their 2019/20 campaign. They’ve taken eight points from their opening five Premier League games. And the east London outfit are unbeaten since their defeat to Manchester City on the opening day of the season.

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Manuel Pellegrini (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

West Ham currently sit in eighth spot in the Premier League table. They are four places behind Manchester United, but both teams have recorded the same points tally.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side will really fancy their chances against the Red Devils.

And Mark Lawrenson does too.

 

He told BBC Sport:

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Mark Lawrenson (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“I think the Hammers are an improving team, and I am expecting them to have a real go at Manchester United, who are yet to convince me with their performances this season. I can’t remember a game where they have impressed me over the 90 minutes – even in their 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend, the scoreline did not tell the full story.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-1

West Ham could jump inside the top four if the beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Sunday.

The Hammers look like a really good side this season. And if they turn United over this weekend, they will really believe that they are capable of forcing their way into the top six this term.

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