Former Arsenal and West Ham striker Ian Wright is backing the Hammers’ attack to cause Manchester United problems this afternoon.
The TV pundit believes Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko have the pace and guile to present a challenge to the Red Devils at the London Stadium:
“What I like about this West Ham side is that with Haller and in Felipe Anderson and Yarmolenko is that they have the pace on the wings but also that they can hold it up
“This is the thing for them. I think they’ll attack United and I think that they should because they need to put them under pressure. If they put them under pressure that’s when you’ll start to see Manchester United creak.”
“When you look at West Ham, they’ll be looking forward to United coming [to their place]. You look at United’s away form and the way West Ham play in their 4-5-1 in how they get it up to Haller, they’ll be putting pressure on Manchester United and attacking them at pace. I think it’s a game that West Ham will really fancy winning.”
Haller’s hold up play, combined with Anderson’s skill and Yarmolenko’s directness, is a potent attacking force when it is firing on all cylinders. The trio were excellent in the 2-0 win against Norwich City in their last home game, creating a number of openings.
It must be said, though, that they did not perform as well in the 0-0 draw versus Aston Villa last time out. It was a tight game with very few opportunities.
United have struggled away from home recently, and have not won on the road since March so, as Wright rightly points out, the Hammers should be in with a chance of winning today.