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United hold no fear for in-form Irons, says Behrami

PUBLISHED: 08:46 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 05 October 2010

Valon Behrami believes West Ham can continue their stunning form against the Premier League's big four when champions Manchester United visit Upton Park

By JONATHAN CLEGG

Valon Behrami believes West Ham can continue their stunning form against the Premier League's big four when champions Manchester United visit Upton Park on Sunday.

The Hammers extended their unbeaten run to eight matches with a battling goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium last weekend and the club have now picked up points at Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal this season.

Leaders United will present a daunting challenge as Sir Alex Ferguson's side enter this weekend's meeting on a seven-game winning streak.

But Behrami is confident the Hammers are capable of shocking the title favourites and improving on their defiant display against the Gunners.

He said: "United are a very big team, but we are at home in front of our supporters and we will try all together to get a good result.

"We know it's going to be very tough but we are confident for every game. Not too much because then you can make a lot of mistakes.

"But we are a good team. It was a good result [at Arsenal] but we know we can play better, we can keep the ball better and we are at home, so we will try to do better than [last weekend]."

The 23-year-old has been instrumental in West Ham's recent run and his energetic performances have established the midfielder as a firm favourite with Hammers fans.

Yet Behrami insists that manager Gianfranco Zola deserves the credit for the club's success, adding that the Italian's positive attitude has helped foster a powerful bond at the club.

"Every single player is fighting together to do better every day and our secret is our team spirit," he said.

"During the negative moments, when we lost four games in a row, the manager was always saying positive things to the team. [Now] the spirit is stronger than before."

West Ham's unbeaten streak has taken the club to eighth in the table and the Hammers are just four points adrift of the league's top-six.

But Behrami is adamant that it is too early to think about challenging for European qualification.

"We shouldn't worry about looking at the table now," he said. "We have to work hard and at the end of the season, hopefully we will have a chance to get into Europe.

"But it's too early to talk about it now - we have to carry on doing what we're doing and try to do better each day.

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