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Preview: United – West Ham

Posted by hakanrylander on October 29, 2008

A lot of United supporters expect a comfortable win tonight but history suggests that it will be a tight game. West Ham have won three of the last four meetings between the clubs! But in two of those games Carlos Tevez was wearing claret and blue, while tonight he will hopefully be in the red starting line-up.¬†Ferguson now has enough quality strikers to rotate them and Tevez has already been out of the side for too long in my opinion. On form Ronaldo deserves to be on the bench but on the other hand he might need to play to regain full match fitness. The central midfielders Giggs and Fletcher were United’s best players against Everton. Even so at least one of them is likely to be rested tonight. I expect Anderson to replace Giggs.

West Ham manager Gorgonzola faces a selection dilemma in attack. In all his previous games in charge he’s used a 4-3-3 system heavily dependent on a strong target player. With Carlton Cole suspended, Dean Ashton injured and Diego Tristan not yet match-fit he now has no such player available and will have to change his strategy somewhat. The most likely alternative is that Craig Bellamy will be the central striker. This might not be to United’s advantage. I can imagine that Vidic would prefer to mark the strong but comparatively immobile Carlton Cole to the speedy Bellamy.

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One Response to “Preview: United – West Ham”

  1. Most likely, in reality Bellamy will be the only striker.
    If my memory serves me Carlon did cause Rio and Vidic some problems last time around.
    I wish I had some “inside” stuff for you, but I’m afraid there are none.

    Wonder if the fans can unite and sing Tevez chants together?

    BTW, since you guys have him now, would you mind taking over some unfinished business we have with Sheffield U?

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