With title rivals Chelsea starting off the new season in such prolific style, Manchester United will be looking to show their cutting edge when they face a struggling West Ham side in their next game.
United are already two points off Chelsea at the top of the table after drawing against Fulham in their last game. Even at this early stage in the season, Sir Alex Ferguson will be viewing it as an important two points dropped, especially when you remember there was only a single point in the race for the title last season.
So far all the focus has been on Chelsea’s forwards, who are producing goals in a prolific fashion. The strikers at United will want to gain some of the limelight and will have the perfect chance this weekend when West Ham visit Old Trafford.
West Ham have looked poor in their opening two league games under new boss Avram Grant. They have conceded six goals and only scored one themselves, losing to Aston Villa away and then at home to Bolton. Grant’s squad will need to be strengthened if they are to avoid another relegation battle. The Betfair Football rumour mill has linked them with a huge number of players over the summer, but they are yet to add anyone who really improves their side.
As it is, United’s strikers will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a West Ham defence weakened further, by the absence Matt Upson through injury. No one would make West Ham betting tips to win the game under normal circumstances anyway, but with these added problems they could be in for a real thrashing.
Wayne Rooney should have recovered from the virus that kept him out of the Fulham game. After such a disappointing summer at the World Cup, Rooney will be determined to silence any critics who have been ridiculously writing the striker off. One poor World Cup and all of a sudden Rooney is on par with Emile Heskey. Rooney scored a staggering 40 goals in all competitions last season and it’s not too farfetched to imagine the striker could have a similar season this time around.
West Ham captain Scott Parker has come out before this weekend’s match claiming he is “dreading” going to Old Trafford with his team so low on confidence. There is a good chance they could be on the end of a serious hiding as United look to make up for their frustrations from the Fulham match.