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West Ham’s Obiang: The new boys will improve our team

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 August 2017

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang

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Hammers midfielder insists there are positives to take from the crushing defeat at Manchester United

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (left) and Manchester United's Nemanja Matic during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (left) and Manchester United's Nemanja Matic during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

West Ham midfield man Pedro Obiang was one of the stars of last season. His tackling was statistically as good as anyone in Europe and he got stuck in again at Old Trafford on Saturday.

So after that thumping 4-0 defeat against Manchester United could the Spaniard find any positives to take from the game?

“Of course we have some positives,” insisted the 25-year-old. “We try to play the game well, we have new players. ‘Chicharito’ showed that he is in form and we have Arnautovic too.

“So we have many good things, but the one thing is, if you make a mistake then you lose and that is the point.”

West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (top) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. West Ham United's Pedro Obiang (top) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton.

Obiang held his hands up for that first goal as his wayward pass was pounced on by United and a quick pass to Romelu Lukaku and the ball was in the net.

West Ham had started brightly and Obiang said they had got the tactics spot on in the opening half hour.

“The manager told us before the game that we have to be positive and try to press them,” he explained. “Until the mistake for the first goal, we did okay.

“After that we tried to push them, but they scored again and it was always going to be difficult.”

West Ham were missing three key players on Sunday and the midfielder felt that didn’t help their cause.

“I think it is better for the manger to have all those players because if the game becomes difficult as it did, he can change things around,” he said.

“We only had small options here and we had to play with the players we had.”

Obiang did have some words of praise for the new boys in the team.

“I think they can help us. With the new signings I think we are better than last season, but they need to establish themselves and learn how to play together and I think we can get better.”

It took the former Sampdoria man a while to force his way into the team, but one of his highlights last season was the trip to Southampton where West Ham travel to on Saturday.

It is the second of three successive away games in the Premier League, but Obiang thinks they can cope.

“Sometimes it is difficult away, but I think we are ok, because the most difficult game was to come to Man United,” he said.

“They have a really big squad and it was always going to be difficult.

“I did score at Southampton last season and I have many good memories about that day, so maybe I can score another one this weekend.”

That would be nice.

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