Mills Exclusive: West Ham player backed for first start v Man Utd after rare sighting
Danny Mills has suggested Said Benrahma will make his full West Ham United debut against Manchester United on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds and England full-back hailed David Moyes’ handling of the Algerian since his summer loan move from Brentford.
Benrahma had been limited to just 19 Premier League minutes before being introduced at half-time against Aston Villa on Monday night.
The 25-year-old had an immediate impact as he provided the crucial assist for Jarod Bowen’s winner in their 2-1 victory.
Asked by Football Insider whether his impressive cameo against Villa could lead to Moyes handing Benrahma his first West Ham’s start, Mills said: “He may well be ready to start.
“David Moyes is a very experienced manager with his backroom staff of Kevin Nolan, Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine that are also very experienced.
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“They know how to manage players they know what’s good for the team.
“Give David Moyes time and he’ll get it right.
“Benrahma was injured when he came in and there were issues around his medical and people were questioning whether he was fit or not fit.
“You don’t want to chuck a player who is not quite ready, if you do and he has a bad performance that’s massive detrimental to his confidence and that’s the last thing you need.
“He’s just easing him in to ensure that he’s fit and ready.”
Benrahma’s cross for Bowen’s header on Monday night was his second assist in claret and blue this season.
He also provided the pass for Tomas Soucek’s injury-time winner against Fulham last month.
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