Coming off the international break, perhaps many West Ham fans would have taken four points from their three games; against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester United.

The Hammers now have that tally and have a fantastic opportunity to make it seven from nine tomorrow.

Jose Mourinho’s United side is tearing itself apart; Wolves and Derby both taught them a lesson on their own patch, so West Ham should fancy their chances on home turf.

Paul Pogba’s spat with the manager is grabbing the headlines, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism. We’ve detailed United’s struggles and why they’re such good news for Manuel Pellegrini…

United in a mess

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The big one is the Pogba-Mourinho bust-up. United fans can tie themselves in knots defending one or the other, but there is blame on both sides. In any case, it’s having a serious impact on the pitch.

Luke Shaw is the defender closest resembling the right quality; but he’s been bullied for two years by Mourinho. David de Gea saves their bacon on a weekly basis; Tuesday’s game was a glimpse at how the quality of the understudies nosedives.

 

This United side is still a collection of individuals with no clear style of play. West Ham will not face a fluid attacking unit on Saturday; they will encounter a side with a soft centre.

The issues do not end there. Off-field profits appear to be more important than on-field success. Is any United player performing close to their best? This is a serious opportunity for West Ham to get another win.

The upshot

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Some fans will cringe reading this as it feels too much like tempting fate. Of course, with the quality United have, they could easily win this match.

They earned battling wins at Burnley and Watford but were utterly abject against Brighton. Faced by a resolute backline, noisy home crowd and a quick speed of play, United don’t generally know what to do.

Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko should be able to cause all sorts of problems. Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang’s midfield energy should perplex Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini.

Romelu Lukaku generally scores against West Ham, but is missing sitters for fun at the moment. West Ham will not get many better chances to beat Manchester United than this one.

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