West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is fully prepared for a long Saturday afternoon. ‘I’ m thinking a backlash,’ he said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday. ‘They will be hurting and they know the only way they can put that right is to get out on to the field and punish us for it.’
But Allardyce, like all Premier League managers, will be encouraged to see that behind that star-studded forward line is a Sunday League defence.
The lack of leadership in United’s back line was ruthlessly exposed on Sunday and Louis van Gaal has further problems this weekend in the absence of Jonny Evans through injury and Tyler Blackett through suspension.
West Ham certainly have the weaponry to heap more misery on United and Liverpool found this out to their cost last weekend. They haven’t beaten United in 11 attempts in the league but this is a very good time to be playing them.
It could be a six-goal thrashing. Equally, West Ham could pinch it. We’ll have to wait and see.