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Hammers’ significant showdown

Hammers’ significant showdown

West Ham United are gearing up for a significant showdown against Manchester United, aiming to secure their first Premier League double over the Red Devils in 17 years. However, we are facing a challenging period marked by both on-field battles and off-field drama writes Michael Talbot.

Hammers’ significant showdown

Our recent 1-1 draw with Bournemouth was a shocking affair, marred by a shaky start from new signing Kalvin Phillips, whose error led to an early goal for Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke.
Despite the draw, West Ham remains just one point ahead of Manchester United in the league standings, occupying the sixth spot. However, their recent form has been less than stellar, with the team failing to secure a win in their last five matches across various competitions.
Off the pitch, the club has been embroiled in transfer controversies, with paperwork issues disrupting the potential departures of Said Benrahma and Pablo Fornals.
Despite these distractions, West Ham’s earlier victory over Manchester United at the London Stadium serves as a testament to their capabilities. However, their poor record in recent visits to Old Trafford suggests that today’s match will be a formidable challenge.
With their current unbeaten run in the Premier League, West Ham have shown glimpses of their potential. Yet, maintaining consistency and resolving off-field issues will be crucial as they strive to secure a higher position in the league and potentially qualify for European competitions.
On the injury front, Moyes unsurprisingly had not had a chance to assess Thursday’s starters before Friday morning’s press conference, but the Scotsman did confirm that Michail Antonio (knee) was yet to return to team training and remains unavailable.
Lucas Paqueta‘s calf problem is yet to clear up either., but right-back Vladimir Coufal is back from a suspension of his own.
Moyes’s rearguard ranks could also be strengthened by the return of Nayef Aguerd , and while Phillips will not be demoted to the bench on his mistake alone, Moyes may simply consider dropping him due to the quick turnaround and lack of recent action.
Anyway, another tricky game ahead for us

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

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