Devonshire on Payet and the Man Utd clash

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The word legend is thrown around far too loosely but today a true Hammers hero more worthy of the title than most – the one and only Alan Devonshire – has chosen to speak exclusively with ClaretandHugh as we continue our guild up to Old Trafford tomorrow.

He also gives his opinion on the amazing Dimi Payet and the comparisons drawn between the French international and himself.

It’s another top exclusive from your favourite Hammers website.

alandBy Alan Devonshire

These are very exciting times at West Ham and I really do fancy us to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow and go back to Wembley for the semi final.

And so long as I can get a ticket I’ll be there because this Hammers team seriously excites me. I believe this is a really good time to be playing Manchester United. I watched them against Liverpool the other night and they really don’t look a good team.

I really don’t see us coming away from OT with nothing and genuinely believe with the team we have the win is very much on.

In Dimi Payet we have a player who is capable of most anything. He has great ability, balance, creativity and his set pieces are brilliant.

It’s important to have someone in the team that the players trust completely and Dimi is that man. The players know that if they give him the ball in a tight situation he will sort things out. I like to think I was the same so I understand the comparisons between him and me.

He’s 28 now of course and in his prime. Hopefully we are going to get four or five good seasons from him and he’s what I understand a West Ham player to be.

I also love Cheik Kouyate who s a really great tackler, gets around the pitch and is a terrific high energy player. I love him in midfield and that’s where he needs to be as a priority but he will also do a fantastic job at the bck in an emergency.

Sakho is key to the system and to have come where we have without him shows the type of squad we have and I’m also a fan of Enner Valencia who has great skill. Give him an injury free run and you will see a great player.

Everywhere you look in this team there is creativity, energy and a wonderful spirit and that’s a tribute to Slaven who has done a remarkable job in his first season.

He deserves Wembley and I believe there’s every chance we will make it into the Final after seeing off United tomorrow



About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

5 comments on “Devonshire on Payet and the Man Utd clash

  1. Agree with everything you are saying Alan but, even if United were on form and playing their best line-up, we would have nothing to fear. We will not beat them because they are rubbish, we will beat them because this is the best West Ham squad in decades and we can handle anyone. COYI !!!

  2. Agree oldI,they do not worry me as long as Rooney is missing,he is their talisman against us,
    I think this will be the day Oxford comes of age and stops us looking for a defender in the summer,
    I also think why everyone is watching Dimitri and Antonio it will be another who steals the headlines
    This game is made for him poor defence in front of him Antonio pushing wide on the right
    All eyes on Payet and Sak
    He is now fully fit and enjoying himself as seen in training in the week,
    Can’t Wait for Van Gal excuses this time when there season finishes,

  3. I love you Dev 🙂

  4. Watching him was always a pleasure, his link up play with sir trev was the dogs gonads. Also he did a great job for Braintree Town as manager by keeping them in the Conference Premier up in & around the play-offs.
    Didn’t we have some truely awful kits in those days. Didn’t stop me buying them though 🙂 clubs changed kits every two years back then i seem to remember.

  5. When the master speaks, people listen! Thanks for great, great times, Dev. One of our very finest. Comparisons between you and Payet are justified.

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