West Ham United take on Manchester United at the weekend – and there’s probably no better time for them to be doing so.
The Hammers host the Red Devils at the Olympic Stadium.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will likely be buoyed by the amazing 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup.
United, by contrast, were dumped out on penalties by Championship side Derby County.
Jose Mourinho’s team were outplayed at times at Old Trafford, and must now try and put that game behind them and seek to avenge the result against West Ham.
Mourinho and Pogba rift
Mourinho and Paul Pogba’s relationship appears to be at an all-time low.
The French World Cup winner recently gave an interview calling into question United’s style, was stripped of the captaincy by Mourinho, and was then filmed in training having an ‘altercation’ with the Portuguese.
From a West Ham point of view, it has to be an encouraging situation.
To see that there is an obvious rift within the weekend opponent’s camp must give them confidence.
United are all over the place at the moment, and West Ham could very well exploit the feeling of discontent.
West Ham’s 8-0 win over Macclesfield was their biggest in 35 years.
Macclesfield may be propping up the Football League, but the Irons still had a job to do.
They carried it out clinically and professionally, and one gets the feeling that the club have turned a corner after a difficult start.
The transition period appears to be easing off, and last weekend’s display against Chelsea is evidence the Hammers can get a result.