West Ham wary of Man United backlash at Old Trafford, admits Allardyce

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists he is fearing the worst against Manchester United despite their stuttering start to life under Louis van Gaal.The Hammers head into the Old Trafford clash in good form, having secured a deserved 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Upton Park last Saturday.United, meanwhile, have struggled to get going under Van Gaal and suffered a disastrous 5-3 reverse at newly-promoted Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.Allardyce, however, believes that result could count against his side, with the Hammers chief expecting the likes Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao to be even more fired up.“No. I’m thinking a backlash,” he said when asked if it was a good time to face Van Gaal’s side.“I think that because of the determination of the Man United players and the fact they are playing at Old Trafford.“I know there’s quite a lot of new players playing there but certainly the demand of Manchester United is huge and they’ll be really fired up to make sure that they try and perform like they did against QPR and beat us.“They will be pretty down about that performance they gave at Leicester and they will be hurting and they know the only way they can put that right is to get out onto the field and punish us for it – so we will have to be careful about that.“A draw would be great for me, anything more than a draw would be outstanding as far as I’m concerned.“They [the West Ham players] have got to look forward to a tough game at Old Trafford now and test their skills and test their ability at a stadium that can obviously be daunting for some players. Hopefully our new players won’t be daunted about the prospect of playing at Old Trafford on Saturday.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce last_img

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