Analysis: The three key West Ham players for Manchester United showdown
COMMENT by Amir Mir
West Ham travel to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon to take on Manchester United with the away side one place and one point above the relegation zone.
The Hammers lost their previous league fixture 3-2 against London rivals Tottenham in a match which saw them concede two late Harry Kane goals.
As a result, Slaven Bilic’s side have lost seven out of 12 fixtures, but they will be hoping to add to their three wins this term.
Here, Football Insider takes a look at the three West Ham players that will be key to their success at the weekend against Jose Mourinho’s United:
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The 29-year-old scored a magnificent free-kick from 30 yards at Old Trafford in March in the FA Cup.
Fans will be hoping the Frenchman can conjure up the same sort of magic at the weekend as Bilic’s side desperately require three points.
Despite assisting five goals in ten games this season, Payet has not scored or assisted a goal for his side in his last three games.
The versatile attacker can cause many defences problems with his pace and power on the ball. He will be hoping to unlock the United defence on Sunday and help his side to three points.
Antonio’s six goals in 12 games this season have all been headers and West Ham should take full advantage of his aerial skill against a side that conceded a late headed goal against Arsenal in their last league fixture and will be missing first-choice centre-backs Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling.
In the absence of the suspended Winston Reid, the experienced centre-back Collins becomes a key figure for the Hammers backline.
The 33-year-old, who has played seven league games this season, will most likely be deployed in a back three.
Collins will need to use his reading of the game and leadership to help the Irons to a much-needed clean sheet as they have conceded 23 goals during this campaign.
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