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Lanzini loving life in this team!

Manu Lanzini admits it is so easy to play for the Hammers!

The Irons cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup over the weekend as they strolled to a 2-0 win over Leeds at the London Stadium.

Lanzini scored the opening goal in the victory and was a constant threat throughout the game, dictating the play as he does when he is at his very best.

Jarrod Bowen added a second late on and the Argentine was delighted with the display, insisting that he finds it very easy to play at his best for the Hammers because his team-mates are so good!

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “It’s easy to play with players like this, as Nikola [Vlašić], Jarrod [Bowen] and Mikey [Antonio]are very good players. Also, we know Leeds follow us each one (by marking man-to-man), which is crazy. The intensity means you move more, so we tried to play together.

“We practiced like this in training and I think we did a very clever game. It’s not easy because they play with great intensity and they have good players, but I think it was a clever game from us.

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“We’ll try to play at the same level [when we play them in the Premier League next weekend] and keep going like this and get the same result.”

Lanzini is also enjoying playing in the No.10 role, where he has had some real success in recent weeks, although he maintains that he can drop deeper if needed by manager David Moyes.

He added: “I love it there! Like I said, I try to help the team and to get confidence in myself is good. I also like playing in a deeper role because I like to take the ball and help the team keep the ball, so both positions are good for me.”

The Hammers will play Kidderminster Harriers in the fourth round.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.