By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

15th Sep, 2023 | 7:10am

West Ham United ‘bonus’ mooted for Premier League clash v Manchester City as ‘no pressure’ claim made

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie believes West Ham United having any success in their clash against Manchester City will be a bonus.

The Hammers return from the international break on Saturday (16 September) when they host the Manchester outfit in the Premier League.

The visitors travel to the London Stadium as league leaders with four wins from four, two points ahead of the men in claret and blue in joint second.

The East London club have won three and drawn one of their four matches this season, as have Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Pundit McAvennie believes there is no pressure on David Moyes’s outfit given the quality of their upcoming opponents.

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Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “I’m hoping they can get something. But to be honest, if West Ham get anything out of the game it is a bonus, because nobody in the entire world thinks they are going to do something.

“So if they get something, they something. There is no pressure on them because nobody expects them to win. And the way they are playing at the moment, defending and catching teams on the break, that could be the way to beat them.

“I’m not against the way West Ham play, at times against Manchester City and Liverpool for example you need to do that, you don’t go head to head with these teams.

“But when you’re at home against other teams, go and have a go at them, get at them. But counter-attacking football might just be what we need against Manchester City.”

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