We all believe as we head for Old Trafford

39387By Hugh Southon

I can’t remember a time when such a wave of belief has surrounded West Ham on a trip to Manchester United.

Despite the bookies still making United favourites, virtually everybody I speak to believes this is the Irons moment and there has never been a better time to meet the old foe.

Given our away form and the current position with the Reds I find it impossible to understand howmost of the bookies have us as underdogs. DAFT!

United have eight first teamers missing whilst we have virtually everybody back from injury and win, lose or draw those odds are ridiculous.

As I write approaching 8 am on Sunday, nearly 10,000 Irons fans will either have arrived or be on the trains and motorway for a game that could define our season. And to those on the road – STAY SAFE!

A Wembley appearance in our last Boleyn season would be an extraordinary way of remembering the ‘old lady’ and for me it’s on…it’s very much on.

Slav is the most respectful and honest manager around so when yesterday he declared that United may not have recovered from the departure if Sir Alex and that they no longer had players to scare teams he has to be taken seriously.

Yes, there is always the chance they could choose to play out of their skins today but on all current form we should be favourites and I certainly don’t expect us to come away from this game with nothing.

I’m going for a 0-2 and a day to remember.



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

9 comments on “We all believe as we head for Old Trafford

  1. It’s going to be a very tough game today at Old Trafford . United may well have 8 first team players out with injury , but those young substitutes absolutely played Arsenal off the park the other week . West Ham are boasting a near full squad and are playing the kind of football that could see us qualify for the Champions League . I don’t see why the bookies should be making United such big favorites , but at the same time that rather suits us down to the ground . If we win it will seen as a ” upset ” ,,,, so let’s go and upset them .
    Come on you Hammers .

  2. I’m dreaming of a 0-5 win

  3. Yeah, i reckon we are headed for a semi final by two or three. I’ll be stunned if it’s anything other. As far as the Arsenal game went, Arsenal haven’t won there for ten years. They conceded a couple of soft goals & Rashford had a blinder. Arsenal were very weak defensively. Only De Gea saved Manchester from being flogged by Liverpool. It’s only one game of course & we can’t take it lightly but we are a far better side than them with a far better manager. 0-3.

  4. Would settle for a draw and get them back to U.P. What a night that would be . Last ever cup game at the “old lady” midweek,under lights, full house, against manure. I suppose I will be disappointed again and we will win 0-2 on sunday. Oh well. Suppose i`ll have to settle for that then. COYI X

  5. Hello , oldgit . Yeh a 5 nil win is a lovely dream to be having . I’m just dreaming of a win regardless of how it comes . Penalty , Own Goal , Fluke or whatever . ,, but I am expecting West Ham to out score them . But don’t underestimate the United youngsters,,, I’m sure Bilic isn’t .

  6. If this was a horse race and you looked at the form book
    WHU 1,1,1
    MU F,U,P
    In a 2 horse race on any course we would be 1/5 on and them 5-1
    Our Rider is Slav the champion
    There’s is Pendalton sorry Van Excuse,
    No this time the bookies have got it wrong like the pundits,
    1-3 win for me

  7. I an suffering from a bad lack of confidence today.can’t get the thought out of my head that Manure are going to use today to right some wrongs after their weak efforts on Thursday.Hope I’m wrong,lol

  8. No , Hammer Tone ; it is West Ham who going to drive United’s Misery even deeper into the abyss ., and like Chelsea I hope they never recover .
    I am preying that it’s Goodnight Manchester United . Chelsea are done and dusted and our return match in the league will be sweeter than ever .
    Think positive my friend . Hammers onwards and upwards .

    • To be honest I usually am Kevin.Just have a feeling that too much over confidence amongst our fans is going to come back & bite our bums,lol

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