Inconsistent Hammers face big challenge

The inconsistent Hammers face a big challenge as Manchester United seeks to capitalise on their draw at Anfield last weekend (Sat).

Inconsistent Hammers face United challenge

In their previous match, Erik ten Hag’s team pinched a 0-0 draw against Liverpool, putting them in seventh place with 28 points. West Ham, on the other hand, face this fixture following a 5-1 thrashing to Jurgen Klopp’s side in the EFL Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.

West Ham’s December performances has been inconsistent to say the least, with three wins, one draw, and two losses in six games. Notably, their defeats were substantial, with a 5-0 loss to Fulham and a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup. Despite resting key players against Liverpool, it all backfired and a woeful display  saw us dumped out of the League Cup. Nevertheless, they remain in the Europa League’s last-16 stage and have won four of their last six Premier League games, including a 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at home.

The Hammers currently sit in eighth position in the standings, boasting a record of eight wins, three draws, and six defeats, accumulating 27 points—just one less than seventh-placed Man United.
In their eight home league games this season, West Ham has secured 14 points. A victory over Man United on Saturday could propel them into sixth place. Notably, they clinched a 1-0 win against the Red Devils in the corresponding fixture last season, with Said Benrahma’s first-half goal making the difference at the London Stadium.
On the other hand, Man United’s last league outing was a goalless draw against Liverpool, viewed as a positive result amid the club’s ongoing challenges. Ten Hag’s side has won only one of their last six games in all competitions—a 2-1 home victory over Chelsea on December 6. Subsequently, they suffered defeats against Bournemouth and Bayern Munich, preceding the goalless draw at Anfield.
In the league, the Red Devils have won nine, drawn one, and lost seven of their 17 games, amassing 28 points, placing them in seventh, six points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.
Man United’s journey in the EFL Cup and Champions League has ended,  Their away league performance this season has garnered 13 points from eight games. Notably, their last victory at the London Stadium was in September 2021, where Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard found the net for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.
David Moyes will no doubt make changes to the side that started against Liverpool in the EFL Cup, with Lucas Paqueta, James Ward-Prowse, Kurt Zouma, Aguerd and Emerson Palmieri set to return.
Let us hope they put the Anfield debacle behind them and put on a better performance tomorrow

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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!"

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