West Ham boss David Moyes discusses Manchester United, VAR & Chris Wilder ahead of Old Trafford test


West Ham boss David Moyes discusses Manchester United, VAR & Chris Wilder ahead of Old Trafford test

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One of the weekend’s more high-profile Premier League clashes is set to play out on Sunday evening.

Manchester United will welcome West Ham to Old Trafford, for what could prove a huge tie in the race for Champions League football.

West Ham currently sit 5th in the Premier League table, six points behind Manchester United.

However, should the Hammers see off their hosts on Sunday, and then win their game in hand, they would actually go level on points with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

A win in Manchester could also see West Ham overtake 4th-placed Chelsea, whom they sit just two points behind, and boast a game in hand on.

David Moyes on Man United, VAR & Chris Wilder

Ahead of a crucial outing for his side, meanwhile, David Moyes spoke to the media on Friday afternoon.

During his pre-match press conference, the West Ham boss discussed a number of topics.

One surrounded his opponents this weekend, from whom Moyes is expecting a testing 90 minutes:

“We go there with a lot of credit in the bank with how we played there a few weeks ago – we took them to extra time and ran them close. They’ve got really good qualities. The game at home we played even better than we did at Old Trafford [a 3-1 defeat].

“Manchester United have played well – they proved that against Manchester City – so it’s a tough game for us.”

The Scotsman was also drawn on VAR, and went on to voice his opinion that it has caused too many problems:

“I think that VAR has not enhanced the game. It’s caused many problems. I think there are parts of VAR we have to pick up.

“We’ve been sent a survey and I hope everybody will look at it and have their thoughts on it. At the moment, for example the handball rules, rules on slight offsides… some of the things that have come out of it, I don’t think we’ve been keen on. I think it’s hard to accept errors when they’re also looking at the screens.”

Moyes then provided his take on the imminent sacking of Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder:

“I’m surprised. We’ve come to the stage where you see lots of people losing their jobs when you’re near the bottom of the league.

“If anything shows you how precarious being a football manager is, it’s what Chris has done – he had a super season last year, but this season has found it tough. He won’t be short of a job – people will recognise what he’s capable of.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 29 40 68
2 Manchester United FC 28 23 54
3 Leicester City FC 28 16 53
4 Chelsea FC 28 19 50
5 West Ham United FC 27 11 48
6 Everton FC 27 4 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 18 45
8 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
9 Aston Villa FC 26 11 40
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 27 -3 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace FC 28 -17 34
14 Southampton FC 28 -14 33
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United FC 27 -17 27
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 27 -8 26
18 Fulham FC 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United FC 28 -29 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8

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