West Ham United entertain Manchester United at the London Stadium on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side got the season off to the worst possible start with the 5-0 thrashing against Manchester City.

But West Ham are unbeaten since and are being tipped by fans and pundits to challenge the top six.

The Hammers showed some uncharacteristic resolve when they drew 0-0 with Aston Villa on Monday night despite going down to 10 men for the last 27 minutes.

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Can Hammers take advantage of top six transitions?

With the Premier League looking wide open this year, transitional clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be under threat from the likes of West Ham, Leicester and Everton.

The Hammers are level on points with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and could find themselves in the top four with a win.

Pundit Owen Hargreaves knows all about West Ham’s next opponents having won the title and Champions League with the Red Devils back in 2008.

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Fornals ready for big start?

Hargreaves also knows a fellow top level midfielder when he sees one.

And he has called on West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini to hand a start to exciting Spaniard Pablo Fornals on Sunday.


Speaking on the Premier League’s official website following West Ham’s draw at Villa, Hargreaves was clearly impressed by Fornals and wants to see more of him.

“West Ham have got tonnes of flair players,” Hargreaves told premierleague.com.

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‘I’d like to see more of him’

“I think there will be days when those flair players produce much more than they did (vs Villa). Lanzini was pretty quiet, Yarmolenko was very quiet.

“(But) I thought Fornals was very good when he came on.

“I’d like to see more of him.”

Hargreaves may well get his wish as Yarmolenko looked particularly jaded last time out.

And it could be a case of be careful what you wish for if Fornals does the business against Hargreaves’ old club.

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