Manchester United vs West Ham preview
Manchester United prepare for the visit of West Ham at the weekend, with both sides surprised by how they have got on so far.
West Ham are in eighth, having won two games, drawn one, and lost another two. They have been reinvigorated by a number of new signings. Up front Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia are far more exciting than Carlton Cole and Andy Carroll, and Diafra Sakho scored a brilliant chip in the 3-1 victory against Liverpool last week. You can bet on how successful they are by using Betfair to back them or not.
In midfield, Cheikhou Kouyate has found his feet quickly, and Alex Song seems to have found his level, having failed to impress at Barcelona after a move from Arsenal. Sam Allardyce was under pressure to deliver after a grim season last year, with fans losing patience with the awful stuff served up. It’s not just new signings who have done well, though, with Stewart Downing impressing down the middle, making the most of Steven Gerrard’s continued decline.
Manchester United’s surprise is that they continue to struggle even after a round of huge investment. While it is true that most of the money has gone on the attack, with Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie joined by Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, their defence has also been refreshed. Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo will all need to improve their organisational skills quickly, because Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Rafael Da Silva obviously can’t do it themselves.
Manchester United will hope that West Ham aren’t as energetic and committed as Leicester City were in the match on Saturday, when they beat them 5-3 after coming back from 3-1 down. Tyler Blackett, who conceded a penalty, and Jonny Evans, who injured himself in the first half, will miss the match.