Dear concerned over Hammers defensive frailties

Manchester United v West Ham United – Premier League – Old Trafford – Saturday (3pm) – Preview

It was exciting stuff, but I think it’s fair to say that Brian Dear, along with the rest of the London Stadium faithful, were left tearing their hair out over West Ham United’s defending during their 3-2 Premier League defeat against Leeds United last weekend.

The game almost mirrored the Hammers festive reverse at the hands of Southampton. Each time the East Londoners clawed their way back into the contest and appeared to be in the ascendancy, the visitors found another way through, giving David Moyes’ men an unnecessary mountain to climb.

And that has left the club with little room for error as they look to secure a top-six finish again this season: “It’s really frustrating because Southampton and Leeds are teams we should be beating,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

“It highlights that we are far from the finished article. We still miss our big players. We have evolved, but a reminiscence of the ‘old West Ham’ are still tripping us up from time to time and that needs to be addressed.

Picture courtesy of Brian Dear

Dear continued: “The plus side is that the football is still entertaining. However, we’ve had a taster and now want more. Losing these games means we have to make the points up. We head to Manchester United on Saturday and we are more than capable of getting something, but defensively we have to be better than last week.”

The former frontman insisted that this is a good time to face United: “Make no mistake, the pressure is still on them. It always will be simply because they are Manchester United.

“But we can’t be reliant on their issues. We have to make it about us. We look a threat going forward, but it’s always going to be difficult when you defend poorly.

“Kurt Zouma has been a big miss. We all know that. But the boys given the task must now show a bit of responsibility. Old Trafford is a difficult place to go, but we are capable of getting something if everyone pulls together.

“I think a point isn’t out of reach and I believe we will get something from what hasn’t always been a particularly happy hunting ground.”

Brian Dear’s prediction: Manchester United 1-1 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Manchester United 2-2 West Ham United

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