West Ham’s Cottee: We have nothing to fear from Manchester United
PUBLISHED: 10:29 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 February 2016
Our West Ham Columnist compares Dimitri Payet to Glenn Hoddle
We were all hoping for a trip to Shrewsbury in the last eight, but it is Manchester United at Old Trafford and I don’t think we have anything to fear from a trip up there.
It will be United who will be under pressure and they are not exactly in good form having lost to Sunderland and Midtjylland in recent games.
We got a 0-0 draw up there earlier in the season and should have won that game so we can go there with confidence and with the backing of a huge fanbase .
We have had good and bad times at Old Trafford in the past. I remember losing there 4-2 in the quarter final back in 1985 when they had the likes of Bryan Robson and Mark Hughes in their team, but I also remember Paolo Di Canio scoring past Fabien Barthez in 2001.
If we play like we did in the second half against Blackburn then we are capable of beating anyone.
We made another sluggish start and went a goal down, but once we got level through Victor Moses, there was only ever going to be one winner.
It was good to see Emmanuel Emenike get some goals, he is a useful man to have with Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll still out, but I would also like to say a word for Mark Noble, who was superb.
Of course, the headlines went to Dimitri Payet who was brilliant on the day. I remember when I was training with England, I played with a certain Glenn Hoddle.
He would pick you out with a pass and not just hit you, he would land it perfectly so when you made a run, he would put it in your stride. Payet is just like that.
Some say he is world class and you certainly have to say he has played like that, but to be compared to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo you have to do it over a series of seasons and I want to see him do that for tthe Hammers.
It is the return of Big Sam to Upton Park on Saturday and I am hoping that he gets a good reception.
I think it will be a mixed response as the fans never took to him and he never really took to the fans either, but what you have to remember is the job he was brought in to do, he did superbly.
When he arrived it was to a team in the Championship with no team spirit and he turned it round, got us up and then established us a Premier League team.
I think he and Jermain Defoe will keep the Black Cats up this year and it will certainly not be an easy game for us.
But the confidence is high and I am going for a 2-1 victory. COYI!