Hammers could upset Red Devils


Elanga could come to Man United’s rescue again today. — Reuters

MANCHESTER United won their first league game in three when they overcame Brentford in midweek.

However, it was far from an easy ride, and against West Ham United today, they face another tricky test.

Ralf Rangnick’s side had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank for that win as he more than once kept out the Bees from close range.

The match was also marked with Cristiano Ronaldo throwing his toys out of the cot. A player who clearly does not fit into how Rangnick is trying to get them to play, the Portuguese striker was visibly upset when he was substituted in the second half.

But the change was vindicated as Man United went on to triumph 3-1 and maintained their hopes of a Champions League berth. They are presently seventh place in the Premier League standings.

Anthony Elanga is fast making a name for himself as a Red Devil, and along with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, scored in their morale booster. The teenager should get another run-out against the Hammers and who knows, he may help them to another victory.

David Moyes’ side, though, will be having none of that. They may have lost to Leeds the last time out, but they did win four on the trot, across all competitions, before that. And even that defeat, they believe should not have gone that way.

Such is the stock of the Hammers these days that they are being spoken of as the Team of the Season, and we are only just past the halfway mark. Moyes has lifted the Londoners to fourth on the log, albeit with a game or two more than some of the others.Against a Manchester United outfit that looks nowhere near the biggest and richest football club in the world, West Ham may well win even though they are on the road this weekend.

Top scorers Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek, with 10 apiece, will be the two players Moyes will call on first to deliver against the Old Trafford side. And indeed, a win there will be savoured for a little while longer than any of the others.

Leicester, meanwhile, will be out to bounce back against Brighton and Hove Albion after a nightmare defeat to Spurs in midweek. The Foxes took a 2-1 lead more than four minutes into time added on in the second half, but still lost 3-2.

Tomorrow they will certainly have their work cut out again for them against a side that sits one rung above them in the standings, in ninth place.

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