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West Ham v Man United preview

West Ham v Man United preview
By Eurosport

15/12/2006 at 15:24Updated

Alan Curbishley faces a baptism of fire at Upton Park on Sunday as his new charges go head-to-head with Premiership leaders Manchester United.

WEST HAM

RETURNING: None

OUT: Danny Gabbidon (hamstring), Dean Ashton (broken ankle)

DOUBTFUL: None

EUROSTAT: West Ham have never beaten United at Upton Park and have only beaten them once in the top flight.

MANAGER'S QUOTE: "I said to Sir Alex that West Ham were third from bottom. He then reminded me that 20 years ago, so were Manchester United when he took over. Sir Alex told me: 'What you have got is an opportunity to go into a club and be successful.'" - Alan Curbishley.

MANCHESTER UNITED

RETURNING: None

OUT: Patrice Evra (calf)

DOUBTFUL: None

EUROSTAT: Premiership leaders United are the only remaining side with an unbeaten away record, and have won seven of their last eight on the road.

MANAGER'S QUOTE: "The West Ham players will have an increased energy and desire because they will want to convince and impress their new manager. But maybe that will be a good thing for us because we will have no illusions about the task that awaits us." - Alex Ferguson.

PREDICTION: 1-3

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