Monday 21 January 2019

Allardyce expecting backlash from Reds

Sam Allardyce is fearful of his West Ham side being on the receiving end of a Manchester United backlash.

The Hammers travel to Old Trafford tomorrow in good heart following a 3-1 home win over Liverpool last weekend - while United continue to struggle for consistency despite Louis van Gaal's summer spending spree.

Many will still see the hosts as favourites going into the game but their vulnerabilities in defence were highlighted once again as they let a two-goal lead slip to lose 5-3 at Leicester on Sunday afternoon.

But that result, Allardyce (above) fears, could see the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Wayne Rooney in no mood for a similar outcome against his side as they look to replicate their last home outing - a comfortable 4-0 victory over QPR.

"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."

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