David Moyes’ West Ham United side face a challenging trip to Manchester United in Saturday afternoon’s Premier League encounter, with the 58-year-old undoubtedly hoping for a repeat result of the third round Carabao Cup tie earlier this season, when the Irons bested the Red Devils 1-0 at Old Trafford.
However, while West Ham’s form has picked up in recent weeks, a 3-2 home defeat against Leeds United last time out will have brought Moyes’ men back down to earth with a bump – although a win against a team currently two points behind them in the top four race would certainly lift spirits in the Hammers camp once again.
Also, with Kurt Zouma likely to be available for selection following his recovery from both injury and illness, Moyes has regained arguably one of his most important players for the trip to Old Trafford.
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Moyes must unleash Zouma
Indeed, following his £29.8m move from Chelsea last summer, Zouma has quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the London Stadium, turning in a number of highly impressive performances prior to his injury in December.
Indeed, over his 11 Premier League appearances this season, the £33.5m-rated defender has been in fantastic form for the Irons, helping his side to keep two clean sheets and scoring one goal, as well as making 1.2 interceptions, 0.6 tackles and 5.2 clearances per game and winning 60% of his duels.
These returns have seen the £120k-per-week France international average a SofaScore match rating of 6.91, ranking him as the Hammers’ joint 10th-best player in the top flight.
As such, should the player who John Terry dubbed “unbelievable” and a “beast” be fit to start this afternoon, Moyes simply must unleash the 27-year-old, as the presence of Zouma in both boxes will undoubtedly be a prospect which could terrify Man United’s players.
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