Tony Cottee Column: West Ham can beat Manchester United

“We look so threatening going forward and with the defensive problems they have at the moment there may be no better time to play them”

West Ham can beat Manchester United this weekend.

United are not the United of old and although they haven’t flowed like they could have this season, they still have some excellent players.

The Hammer come into this match on a run of some good results and impressive performances.

We look so threatening going forward and with the defensive problems they have at the moment there may be no better time to play them.

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However they have some mouth-watering options going forward and we have to defend well.

Avram Grant has to pick four from five to make up the back line and one of Lars Jacobsen, Manuel da Costa or James Tomkins will be left out.

I can’t see either of Matthew Upson or Wayne Bridge being replaced.

Upson has played extremely well of late in the centre of defence, while Bridge apart from being our only out and out left back was outstanding against Spurs and perhaps the best player on the day.

Robert Green has been in outstanding form and it is vital he communicates and dominates his area as well as he has done over the past couple of months.

United did tremendously well to go as long as they did in the season unbeaten, but they have not been as exciting as their teams of past and their away form has been poor this term.

They of course have imprerious at Old Trafford but on the road they have struggled, which will only add further belief to the West Ham players that they can get a positive result from the match.

As usual the performance of Scott Parker in the centre of the park will be vital for the Hammers.

The former Charlton man is West Ham’s most important player and the key to our Premier League survival this season.

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