Opposition View: Manchester United expect Hammers to start strong

Versatility is something West Ham have this year that I haven't seen in the past

Fans of Manchester United and West Ham probably didn’t expect to go into this fixture so close to one another in the table. With both sides eager to pick up points, Olivia Elliott spoke to Man Utd fan Mark Lee  to get his views.

Who would you consider the best player is for West Ham?

I’ve been impressed with a few West Ham players this season such as Michail Antonio and Tomas Soucek, but I’d have to go with Declan Rice. He is strong in the tackle, competitive in the air and has one of the top pass completion rates and average distance travelled in a game in the league and someone I’d like to see at Man Utd.

What do you think West Hams strengths and weaknesses are?

From what I’ve seen of West Ham this year I think versatility is something they have this year that I haven’t seen in the past with Declan Rice and Antonio. Also having the points tally and league position they have given the whole squad confidence. I guess weakness like many other teams is squad depth and quality outside the preferred starting 11 compared to the teams around them and the impact a few injuries could have. 

How do you think Manchester United will get on for the rest of this season?

I think Utd will finish in the top 4 but not confident enough to say whether that will be 2nd, 3rd or 4th. For me the strikers don’t get enough goals which adds pressure to the likes of Bruno who whilst having another great season can’t carry the team and keep scoring at the rate he does. 

What player for Manchester United should opposing teams watch out for other than Bruno Fernandes?

For me the best player at Utd this season is Luke Shaw. He’s been the most consistent player and from a full back perspective his stats in terms of chances created and assists are one of the highest in the league.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjær is he the answer to winning a trophy this season?  

​I think Utd could win a trophy this season whether that be the FA Cup or Europa League but whether they do, or don’t I still think Ole is the right person to be in charge and if not this year then I think with a couple of new additions in the summer then that will put us in a stronger position next year. 

How impressed are you with Rashford’s succeeding campaign about free school meals alongside football?

​Hat’s off to him for what he has done outside of football, which is great, however I’m more interested in what he does on the pitch for Utd and for me he’s just not hit the mark this year and it’s been a disappointing season and I’m not sure how much of that is down to distractions outside of football.

How pleased are you with Liverpool’s season so far?

​As a Utd fan it’s been fantastic to see Liverpool struggling this year and to see where they are positioned in the league. Whilst they’ve had injuries at the back to key players which is obviously going to have an impact on the team, they have the same forward line who haven’t scored anywhere near the number of goals they scored last year so can’t put the season all down to injuries.

What are your score predictions for Manchester United v West Ham?

I’m going to go with 1-1, West Ham to score first and Utd to get an equaliser in the second half.

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