By Danny Mills

24th Sep, 2019 | 7:10pm

'Not convinced' - Exclusive: Danny Mills singles out weak link in bold West Ham line up claim


Danny Mills has singled out West Ham’s centre back pairing as their weak link after boldly claiming they had a better starting XI than Manchester United in their clash on Sunday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says that Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna still look suspect at the heart of the defence but that the rest of the side look ready to fight for a potential top-six finish.

The Hammers cruised past Manchester United at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell netting the goals to seal the three points.

Mills boldly claimed that the Hammers may even have had a better starting XI than the Red Devils on Saturday, despite Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s side having cost nearly double in the transfer market [Transfermarkt] and that the centre-backs were the only slight concern.

Asked if there were any weak links in the Irons’ side, Mills told Football Insider: “Centre-backs, I’m still not hugely convinced by Diop and Ogbonna, they will give you chances from time to time.

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“It’s better than it was, when you go player for player against Manchester United, I think they probably just about shave it. Maybe six players to five, it’s quite close, but on paper maybe West Ham’s starting XI is a little bit better than Manchester United.

“That shows how much West Ham have improved but also the fall and demise of Manchester United.”

Manuel Pellegrini’s men have now gone six games unbeaten across all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in four of those outings.

Of the seven league goals conceded this season, five of those came against Manchester City on the opening day of the season – the 5-0 loss the Hammers’ only defeat so far.

In other West Ham news, Football Insider can reveal the details of one senior star’s injury layoff after aggravating the problem.