Thursday, December 14, 2006

West Ham vs Man Utd

West Ham will be hoping that they can achieve the traditional post-sacking / new manager win. However it would be asking a lot for Curbishley to immediately turn around a demotivated and of late poor West Ham team. It has also been well documented this week that Curbishley has never beaten a Man Utd team as manager. In fact his last game as a manager was Charlton's 4-0 defeat to United at Old Trafford on 7th May.

On form this looks like a home defeat for the Hammers. West Ham lie bottom of the 'last six' form table whilst Man Utd sit comfortably at the top. Konchesky for one is probably shaking in his football boots at the prospect of having to defend against an on form Ronaldo. However we can at least expect some motivation in this game as the players try to impress the new manager. Also seemingly 'want away' captain Nigel Reo-Coker may just be looking to impress one of the teams his agent has convinced him are looking to buy him.

However it is probably harder to pick the team than the result for this game. Will Curbishley give Mascherano another chance? Will Curbishley stick with the blank firing Tevez and Zamora up front? More importantly will Gabbidon recover in time for this game?

Perhaps the most we can hope for is that Curbishley inspires West Ham to at least a half decent performance.

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