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Sam: Players must bounce back

Sam Allardyce has challenged his team to bounce back from the disappointing defeat at Spurs by claiming the prize scalp of Manchester United.

 

Sam Allardyce: Looking for his players to bounce backSam Allardyce: Looking for his players to bounce back

 

The Hammers put in arguably their worst performance of the season at the weekend when they were outclassed by Spurs, who ran out 3-1 winners at White Hart Lane.

Tonight West Ham face an even harder test when they travel to Old Trafford – where they have won three of their last 21 visits – in the second of a difficult run of fixtures.

But Allardyce was encouraged by recent performances when his team were underdogs and he hopes his men can pull off a shock result in his home county of Lancashire this evening.

“The team did brilliantly when we drew against Manchester City and beat Newcastle so let’s see if they can do it against Manchester United, Chelsea, West Brom or Liverpool,” Allardyce said.

“There is no real pressure on the lads. It’s a match they will enjoy. It’s a game they will have dreamed about since they were kids.

“If we give a good account of ourselves then hopefully it will be good enough to get us something from the game.”

Allardyce has developed a close friendship with Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson over the years, and he fully expects to be invited in to the Scot’s office after the match for his customary glass of red wine.

Whether Allardyce will be toasting a Hammers win will depend a lot on luck, the 58-year-old admits.

“Historically you’ve got to be one of the lucky ones when you go to Old Trafford and win,” Allardyce said.

“If you look at their track record at home they only lose once or twice all season. If you’re going to win at Old Trafford – if it’s your time and your turn – it has to be a moment where your team plays in every position to its best and takes advantage of a below-par Manchester United.”

Unfortunately for Allardyce he will tonight be without key midfielder Mark Noble, who is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards this term.

Left-back George McCartney will today have a fitness test to see if he has overcome the ankle injury he sustained in the defeat at White Hart Lane

 
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Manchester United v West Ham: I would never have paid £35 million for Andy Carroll, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he would never have paid £35 million for Andy Carroll.

Manchester United v West Ham: I would never have paid £35 million for Andy Carroll, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Not cheap: Andy Carroll is England’s most expensive player Photo: AFP

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The much-maligned England forward heads to Manchester United with West Ham tonight fresh from scoring the first goal of his loan stint at Upton Park.

For a team who have made a habit of conceding the first goal this season, Carroll is an obvious threat.

Yet Carroll continues to struggle to live up to his billing as England’s most expensive player thanks to that extraordinary move from Newcastle to Liverpool in Jan 2011.

“He has only played something like a dozen games for Newcastle and then he had to deal with a £35 million transfer to a club like Liverpool. That’s quite a big jump,” Ferguson told manutd.com.

“I’d certainly not sign that kind of player for that kind of money.

“We’ve gambled on young players in the past, maybe a couple of million or whatever, but when you get that level you really have to do a bit more homework and see how he is in his second season maybe.

“He’s still not had a lot of games but he is a big lad, aggressive and a great header of the ball. He’ll be a handful for our defenders.”

After working alongside the 23 year-old at close quarters during Euro 2012, Wayne Rooney knows the reality of Carroll’s performances is nowhere near the perception many have of him.

He said: “That type of player doesn’t always get all the goals but they can cause trouble up front and create problems.

“I am sure that is what Sam Allardyce wants him to do.”

Rather like Rooney, Carroll demands attention. It seems he cannot have a quiet game, when he blends into the background.

He has to either be brilliant or awful, with the brutal assessment often falling on the latter.

Rooney knows from personal experience such situations are never quite so black and white.

However, he accepts they come with the territory.

“It is something you get used to,” he said. “In the Premier League, you are there to be judged, whether that is good or bad.

“You just have to deal with it.”

With Paul Scholes suspended, Ferguson has already confirmed Anderson will start for only the second time in the Premier League this season.

It is also possible either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling will replace Rafael at right-back, whilst David de Gea might also come in for Anders Lindegaard.

 
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West Ham hit by suspension

West Ham will be without the suspended Mark Noble for tonight’s clash at Manchester United after he picked up a one -game suspension.

The influential midfielder has accumulated five yellow cards this season so he has to sit out the clash at Old Trafford and his absence will be a big blow to boss Sam Allardyce. The Hammers will give a late test to defender George McCartney, who has picked up an ankle knock which threatens to keep him out. On-loan midfielder Yossi Benayoun is still not available as he looks to overcome a thigh problem. Midfielder Jack Collison (knee) and forward Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) are out with long term injuries.

 
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