West Ham United v Manchester United – Premier League – London Stadium – Sunday 2pm
West Ham United v Manchester United – Preview:
BRIAN DEAR reflected positively on West Ham United’s new-found resolve which was again evident at Villa Park, but the former frontman expects Manuel Pellegrini’s men to go one better when Manchester United are the visitors to the London Stadium on Sunday for what is always an eagerly anticipated Premier League encounter.
The east Londoners played out a goalless draw with newly-promoted Aston Villa on Monday evening despite playing out a large portion of the second period a man light after Arthur Masuaku was harshly dismissed by referee, Mike Dean.
“The goalkeeper and his defenders were terrific – that always gives you a chance,” Dear told Yellow Sport.
“I thought the sending off was wrong. But saying that didn’t we just see what West Ham are made of once they were a man down. It wasn’t a classic performance but it was an honest one – I’ll take that all day long.
Dear turned his attentions to Sunday’s clash with Manchester United
and admitted that he fancied the Hammers to take all three points.
“It’s Manchester United, a massive club. It always gets the crowd up when they are coming to town. However, they are some way from the wonderful team that dominated English football for so long. They have fallen from grace a little. All of a sudden, a trip to West Ham is far more daunting for them.”
Dear continued: “Along with that defensive steel, we have plenty of flair and a viable goal threat. I think Manuel will be asking them for more of the same but I don’t think he’ll need to stir them up to face United – that will come naturally.
Nevertheless, Dear was mindful that Ole Gunnar Scholar’s side still possessed plenty of quality footballers.
“They are not firing on all cylinders, but they will still provide a tough match for West Ham. De Gea, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford – all quality. Now they’ve got the lad James, from Swansea – he’s looking a real prospect.
“But I honestly believe West Ham are looking towards that ‘next level’ that we all talk about and crave. I think we have the beating of Manchester United and this weekend I think we will beat Manchester United.”
West Ham United v Manchester United – Head to head:
West Ham United won: 44
Manchester United won: 66
West Ham United v Manchester United – Last five meetings (all competitions):
January 2, 2017 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United
August 13, 2017 – Premier League
Manchester United 4-0 West Ham United
May 10, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-0 Manchester United
September 29, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 3-1 Manchester United
April 13, 2019 – Premier League
Manchester United 2-1 West Ham United
Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Manchester United
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Manchester United