West Ham have been written off by two pundits who have given their predictions for this weekend’s trip to Manchester United.
BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson and Sky Sports’ Paul Merson both have Man United to beat West Ham at Old Trafford.
And neither pundit thinks West Ham will score a goal. If they are correct, it could be another dull and gloomy Saturday for West Ham supporters.
Mark Lawrenson: Man United 2-0 West Ham
For his weekly feature on BBC Sport, Lawrenson predicted Manchester United to cruise to a 2-0 win over West Ham.
Lawrenson reasoned: “West Ham lost again on Monday although they at least had a bit of a go in the second half at Chelsea. Manchester United were well beaten in midweek by a Barcelona side who kept them at arm’s length.
“United’s performances in their home defeats against Barca, Paris St-Germain and Juventus have shown how far they are off the top clubs in Europe. They should still have too much for the Hammers, though.”
Lawrenson pits his wits against a guest predictor every week and this time, golfer Matt Fitzpatrick was on duty. The Sheffield United fan shared Lawrenson’s opinion that Man United would walk this with a 2-0 win.
Paul Merson: Man United 3-0 West Ham
In his weekly feature for Sky Sports, Merson claimed that the “season’s finished” for West Ham so Man United could record a 3-0 win.
Merson wrote: “I expect Man United to win this one. They’ll do well to turn their Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona around at the Nou Camp, so they’ve got to fight to get into the top four now.
“This is a ‘must win’ game for them. They’ve got to get this game won and then focus on that Barcelona second leg. West Ham have flip-flopped and they can’t really go anywhere.
“They had good stages in the Chelsea game, but it’s a bad run of games and their season’s finished. It’s just a case of getting through it.”
Neither team gives West Ham any hope of a shock result at Old Trafford. But perhaps the underdog tag could help West Ham record the double over Man United this season.