Having already had a taste of the physical threat that West Ham pose at home, United went back there knowing a win would take them within touching distance of the title. After the good away win at Stoke at the weekend and with West Ham having little to play for now, you could have been forgiven for assuming a win might be a formality. But, West Ham, as they often seem to do, have a knack of raising their game when United come to town. Here we discuss the talking points of an eventful match and we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
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Manchester United travel to West Ham on Wednesday evening hoping to maintain the fifteen point gap over Manchester City at the top of the table. Upton Park has been the scene of two disappointing results that had a catastrophic impact on United’s title surge. Back in 1991/92, United lost out to Leeds United in the title race – having been beaten by West Ham away, after an inspired performance from Czech goalkeeper Ludek Miklosko.
Fast forward three years, Miklosko put in another superb display, thwarting Andy Cole on numerous occasions, as United could only draw the match 1-1. Brian McClair’s goal wasn’t enough and Blackburn Rovers took the title. Since then, United have had a pretty good record against the Hammers, but lost two away games back to back in 2006/07 and 2007//08. United went on to win the title in both seasons. Here we discuss the match preview and welcome comments from both sets of fans.
Nemanaja Vidic has spoken to MUTV about Manchester United’s trip away to West Ham and expects a tough time, like the physical encounter away at Stoke City on Sunday. United won the match 2-0, with Vidic superb at the heart of the defence, winning header after header against the physical Kenwyne Jones, who was eventually substituted.
United’s captain has only featured in twenty appearances so far this season, with sixteen of those coming in the league. His inclusion will be vital to combat the aerial threat of Andy Carroll. United have played West Ham three times so far this season, winning the match 1-0 at home in the league, drawing 2-2 in the FA Cup and then winning the replay 1-0.
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United once again had to launch ‘project comeback’ against QPR at the weekend – results meant that United would go into the midweek games top of the league despite a far from convincing season thus far. Opponents, West Ham, have had a very good start to the season, aided by a kind fixture list. They shouldn’t be taken lightly though, Big Sam has a knack of getting the most out of players and knows how to grind out the points. We welcome comments from both sets of supporters.
Wayne Rooney scores a penalty against West Ham in 2010
Manchester United and West Ham meet for the 123rd time in their history at Old Trafford on Wednesday. United last played West Ham at home two seasons ago, when United won 3-0 and the last time the two sides met was in the 4-2 victory at Upton Park, when Wayne Rooney was subsequently banned for swearing into a TV camera. West Ham are currently 8th in the league and are doing far better than the other two promoted teams, Reading and Southampton, so far this season. Here we look at team news and a potential United lineup.
As always, we welcome comments from both sets of fans.
AUTHOR: – The Mancunian Red (Guest Blogger)
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AUTHOR: – Doron
Manchester United have temporarily opened up an eight point gap over Arsenal. Down at half-time, the team did it the ‘United way’ and came back to seal a stunning victory in London and a rare away win. Here we discuss the talking points of today’s game and welcome and comments from both United and West Ham fans.
AUTHOR: – Doron
The internationals are finally over, there will be no more disruptions now until the season is over. United will be looking to put some pressure on Arsenal with a lunch time win at West Ham who themselves are in a battle but at the other end of the table. With plenty of players missing, the task facing United is hard, this is a big game.
AUTHOR: – Doron
Are Manchester United lacking a midfield spark? – It was a question posed by a BBC tactical blog after the defeat against Wolves last month. The idea of a spark, or creative midfielder in the United side has been something that’s bugged me for a while. I’ve never been convinced it’s what we need and with that in mind I plan to make a potentially surprising transfer suggestion.
Carling Cup holders Manchester United were unceremoniously dumped from the competition by the ruthless Hammers; a comprehensive 4-0 scoreline did not flatter the hosts. Former United player Jonathan Spector scored his first goals in English football and Carlton Cole added 2 goals after half time to crown a historic night for the London club.
West Ham have previous; having put United’s league title chances to the sword in 1992 and 1995, this defeat ends the Red Devil’s chances of winning a domestic cup for the third consecutive time for the first time ever. While it is not quite as painful a conclusion as those early 90’s late season setbacks, it did raise some pretty important talking points regarding the strength in depth of the squad at Sir Alex Ferguson’s disposal.