With the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool still on the lips of the whole North-West of England, and indeed football fans up and down the country, I’m sure as far as Hammers’ fans are concerned, this must be the most excited they have been in a long time at the prospect of Manchester United making the journey down to East London.
It is clear, not only from Sunday’s thrashing of United that Liverpool are the club in the ascendancy. This Rodgers revival has only added insult to injury as far as Moyes is concerned.
There have been undertones of ‘Moyes Out’ since long before the Christmas period, however only in the last few weeks or so have these cries been surfacing and really started to be taken seriously. Personally, I feel that if Manchester United do not progress further in The Champions League then real question marks should be raised about whether he is the right man to take the club forward.
Similar question marks could, and have been raised throughout the season over February’s Manager of the Month winner, Sam Allardyce. Big Sam led the Hammers to four wins in a row last month, conceding only one goal in the process. This appeared to relieve much of the pressure as far as his job was concerned. However, the last two games have resulted in losses at Everton and Stoke respectively, and this has once again caused some fans to scrutinise Sam. Not for the first time.
Many West Ham fans do feel that the defeat to Stoke was unlucky, and I would agree that I have certainly seen The Hammers perform worse than they did and still manage to get a result. However, Sam’s predictability is evident and many managers have wised up to his one dimensional tactics.
Although the Londoners have not beaten United in the league since 2007, I definitely feel that West Ham have it in them to take all 3 points. I’m hoping that, like so often this season, a lacklustre, tired and defensively poor Manchester United side will turn up. Although knowing West Ham and their luck, perhaps the Man United of old will turn up.