WEST HAM UNITED: THIS weekend, Manchester United come to town for what is traditionally one of the season’s highlights. Over the years there have been some absolutely classic encounters between the two Uniteds – and none more so that last season’s 2-2 draw in which the Hammers led twice before being forced to settle for a point, writes Graeme Howlett.

Robin Van Persie was the villain that day as his 77th-minute effort earned the visitors a draw that, in truth, they barely deserved. The Dutchman is bang in form once again having scored a Champions League hat-trick on Wednesday night and despite being stretchered off during the game, looks set to be declared fit to face United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday evening.

The Reds are far from the force they were under Fergie, with his replacement David Moyes seemingly never more than a game or two from the sack. West Ham have a great opportunity to pile on the misery for Moyes – although they’ll still have to be at their very best to beat a side who may be under par but still very dangerous, as Olympiakos discovered to their chagrin on Wednesday evening.