Manchester United top six dig made by West Ham captain Mark Noble
Sept. 21, 2019
Manchester United face West Ham United in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
West Ham United captain Mark Noble has made a cheeky top-six dig at Manchester United ahead of the meeting between the two sides on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off).
The Reds began the 2019/20 Premier League season in style by defeating Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, but it has been an indifferent few weeks for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's men since.
A draw at Wolves followed before Crystal Palace shocked United in Manchester. Southampton then held United to a draw before they returned to winning ways against Leicester City last weekend, which was followed by a victory over Astana in the Europa League on Thursday.
United travel to London tomorrow to face West Ham and are favourites to pick up the three points. But Hammers' skipper Noble believes his side could potentially end as high as third this season and feels that they can take advantage of a United side in 'transition'.
"We’ve kept clean sheets in three successive matches so it’s easy to understand why we’re relishing the visit of Manchester United on Sunday," Noble told the club's website. "We’ve only lost once in our past nine League matches and been beaten only twice at home in 2019.
"There’s a feeling that the chance exists for a change and at least one different club to break into the top six this season.
"I would even go one step further. I believe there is an opportunity for someone different to actually make it into the top four. The top two — Liverpool and Manchester City — look nailed on and Spurs are a very good side.
"After that, you look at Arsenal, who could easily have lost at Watford last weekend; Chelsea, where Frank Lampard has done incredibly well to play young English players but are banned from signing anyone and have lost Eden Hazard; plus United, who are, let’s say, in transition.
"Even Wolves, who did so well last season, are finding it tough with their Europa League commitments. So clubs like Leicester, Everton and ourselves are saying: ‘Do you know what? I think we have a chance this season'.
"I really believe that is the case and if I didn’t, I would not be doing my job properly as West Ham captain. If you can go on a roll and keep winning, then there is no reason why even third or fourth place are out of reach."