West Ham United v Manchester United – Match Preview

Keane is a player who I have always rated, even though Ferguson hasn’t and as a result it’s fashionable for United fans not to rate him either.  I will give in that he’s rarely caused United problems in the past, and that further gives me confidence that we wont be troubled much in front of goal this weekend.

In midfield, it might be a different story.  Scott Parker, if fit, will skipper the West Ham side, and will cause us problems if not dealt with.  Our midfield will be anyone’s pick from Nani, Valencia, Giggs, Gibson, and Carrick.  I think Parker is the better man out of them at the moment, and some excellent displays over recent weeks have coincided with an upturn in West Ham’s fortunes.  Maybe the key to this game will be to keep Scott Parker quiet, and if we can do that we’ll be fairly comfortable.  But to do that, we’ll need a stronger midfielder than him, and at the moment I don’t think we have one.

Hernandez and Rooney both figured in internationalzzzzzzzzzz (sorry, nodded off) during the last week, and Berbatov has been benched a number of times of late.  It’s likely that Berba will come back in to the side against West Ham, at the expense of one of other two front men.  I reckon Rooney will keep his place, for the reason that Hernandez is bang in form, our biggest threat in front of goal, and isn’t Wayne Rooney.

One final positive for United is West Ham’s form this season.  Woeful by their standards, and Avram Grant hasn’t been able to instil the winning mentality that he had with Chelsea when he led them to the Champions League final in 2008.  They go in to this game one point above the drop zone, level on points with Wolves, and only better off than them by 1 goal.

Fast Facts:

  • Wayne Rooney has scored five goals in his eight Premier League appearances for United against West Ham United.
  • Rooney is two goals short of 100 league goals for the reds
  • Paul Ince joined United from West Ham after he posed in a United shirt. He left the reds and slagged Untied off. He left Liverpool and had a go at them too. Then Middlesbrough got rid of him and he bad mouthed them. He’s not liked much at his former clubs isn’t Big Time Charlie.
  • “We lost the league at Upton Park” in 1995. Apparently. Don’t believe me? The Hammers fans still sing it to us, 16 years later.

Ref Watch

Lee Mason is the referee who allowed a last minute Lee Bowyer goal stand against United when we visited Birmingham earlier in the season.  Hailing from Bolton, Mason dished out an average of 3 yellow cards per game last year, and only handed out one red card every five. This season has been slightly higher, with four yellows per game, and five red cards in 26 games.  However, his yellow card count wasn’t helped with the nine he showed during the Chelsea v Villa game on 2nd January, or the eight he dished out between Arsenal and Everton a month later.

With Sir Alex missing through suspension, and claiming in the press that he doesn’t have anything against referee’s, it’ll be interested to see how Mason tackles this game, with much riding for both clubs at either end of the table.

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4 responses to “West Ham United v Manchester United – Match Preview”

  1. Daniel says:

    I think your defence should worry less about Keane & Cole and more about Demba Ba !
    This will be a great match, expect Fergie to want revenge for the 4-0 hiding… I’m going for a 2-2 ! Enjoy the game… COYI !

  2. DublinIronsFan says:

    I am looking fwd to the match, and I hope the Hammers are up to putting up a good fight. I wish you well in your title chase. Just want to pick up on 3 things though from a Hammers fan perspective:
    1. Our biggest day of the season will be the last day if we stay up, so please dont flatter yourselves too much, you do state that you are “not arrogant”.
    2. Your back 4 may have enough in the locker vs Cole, but it is Ba that you need to fear, I am looking fwd to seeing if he can unlock the Man U defence as effectively as he has against other teams.
    3. Parker is key, however you forgot to mention Hitzlesperger, who has taken a lot of pressure away from Parker in midfield – this is a very different team from the one you played at the start of the season.

    Best of luck in your run in.

    • Steve Crabtree says:

      Thanks for reading, DIF.

      1 – Please don’t read too much in to a tongue in cheek comment. United fans are on the receiving end of stuff like that all the time and take it with the pinch of salt it deserves…yet give it out and we’re arrogant. We too ARE allowed to enter the football banter arena too, you know. Don’t agree that any teams biggets game of the season is if they survive. It never should be…

      2 – I can’t beieve I’ve omitted Ba! He is definitely an intriguing player – one who’s been on fire this term and you’ve made a real find there.

      3 – Rated Hitzelsperger when he was at Villa, and he still has it.

      I hope the HAmmers do stay up – primarily because I have my choice of the three I’d liek to go down, but also because they’re a club you want in the Prem, just like I think Forest and QPR belong there.


  3. Red Ben says:

    This is going to be a complete pain in the arse, this game. West Ham are up for it, physical, and in good form.


    Apparently we’ve also lost Brown now, meaning there’s only Fabio to play right back. I hate defensive problems. We get so bloody many.