West Ham host Manchester United at The London Stadium this weekend, hoping to build on their recent good form.

The Hammers have been excellent recently, picking up four points from fixtures against Everton away and Chelsea at home.

Then, they followed that up with a thumping 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup.

Ahead of Man United’s trip to East London, we got the inside track from a loyal Red Devils fan.

Conor Matchett, a journalist at The Eastern Daily Press and the Lowestoft Journal, supports Man United.

He gives us the low-down on Saturday’s opponents.

Where can Man United hurt West Ham?

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United have a glittering array of attacking talent, even if it doesn’t show itself very often.

Anthony Martial should start after his performance against Derby and should line up alongside Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku, and that’s a front three you would expect to cause West Ham problems.

Paul Pogba, despite himself, usually shows up in games after receiving criticism, so don’t be surprised if he pulls out his all too infrequent 9/10 performances on Saturday.

But then again, it’s as likely as a middling 5/10.

Where can West Ham hurt Man United?

All West Ham need to do to scare this United side into conceding is attack without fear.

Mourinho’s famed defensive solidity is a mirage and only propped up on occasion by the heroics of David De Gea.


Any one of the United centre-backs could make a mistake under pressure. Victor Lindelof is nervous, Eric Bailly erratic, Phil Jones inconsistent and Chris Smalling’s continued presence in a United shirt is bemusing.

Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko will cause United problems and will force mistakes.

So, it’ll be up to De Gea to keep United’s clean sheet.

What’s going wrong at Man United at the moment?

Everything. The manager is from a different tactical era, managing players who lack character and desire at a club with a glorified walking suit puppet as a chief executive and owned by leeches sucking every last official noodle partner dollar out of the club.

The problems are systematic, long-lasting, and depressing, and they will not change until both Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho depart from their respective positions.

Even then, it’s hard to see much hope of improvement while the Glazers still own the club.

What are your views on Jose Mourinho’s antics?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on September 22, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

He can do nothing right. Other managers create distractions after a bad result and it is called good management, much like how Alex Ferguson used to take the attention away from players after a defeat.

But, Mourinho is a victim of his own inability to accept wrongdoing and a worrying trend of clearly misguided decisions and player battles will only harden the resolve of players within the club who do not like him and will not play for him.

Do you think West Ham have turned a corner?

It’s hard to say. Losing four league games on the trot means any improvement is going to look good, but their draw against Chelsea showed they have character and a belief in the way they play.

The mauling of Macclesfield will only have helped, but you always get the feeling with West Ham that somewhere down the line, it is all going to collapse again. It’s when, not if.


West Ham 2-1 Manchester United.

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