Sunday's big match preview

West Ham Utd v Manchester Utd Sunday, February 8, 4pm Upton Park FORGET about winning against Manchester United, a true achievement would be to actually score a goal against the champions on Sunday. That may seem a little unambitious, especially as the Ha

West Ham Utd v Manchester Utd

Sunday, February 8, 4pm

Upton Park

FORGET about winning against Manchester United, a true achievement would be to actually score a goal against the champions on Sunday.


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That may seem a little unambitious, especially as the Ham-mers have won the last two clashes between the two at Upton Park, but Manchester United are on a formidable run of form.

They haven't lost, or conceded a goal in the Premier League since they went down 2-1 to Arsenal back on November 8.

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During that time they have also made the Carling Cup Final, the fifth round of the FA Cup and won the World Club Championship - they really look unbeatable at the moment.

So is there any point in turning up? Well, let's remember last season's delightful clash between the two.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given United the lead and then hilariously missed a penalty, before Anton Ferdinand and Matty Upson fired West Ham to victory with two late goals.

Remember also Marlon Hare-wood's last minute winner the previous season and you will see that there is certainly something for West Ham to play for.

West Ham, of course, are on a good run of their own. Unbeaten in eight games since that unfortunate reverse against Aston Villa, they are playing at the top of their game and are scared of nobody.

They will also be looking to perform better than they did at Old Trafford back in October, when two Ronaldo goals meant the game was all over by half time and United took their foot off the gas.

Alex Ferguson's squad has got plenty of injuries in it, but he still has a wealth of talent to call on.

Wayne Rooney may be fit enough to play some part, as might Patrice Evra, while there should be three former Hammers in the United ranks.

Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carr-ick and Carlos Tevez should all receive warm welcomes from the Hammers faithful, but hopefully the West Ham team will not be quite so obliging.

This is likely to be a huge task for the east Londoners, however well they are playing, and a true test of how far they have progressed since that one-sided clash last October.

But they should break Edwin Van der Sar's long run without conceding a goal, and remember Derby County beat the champs in the League Cup last month.

Anything can happen, but it probably won't!

Probable team: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Carrick, Fletcher, Park, Berbatov, Tevez.

Prediction:

West Ham 1 Man Utd 2

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