Parish Notice

Introducing the WHTID Lineup...

I thought I’d bring you up to date with some news of new columnists for the coming season… I want to introduce a little new blood to the site as well as welcome back a couple of names you might know from the past. We’re going to aim to have two posts per day – at 8am and 5pm.

Zaman Siddiqui will no longer be writing for the site, and Dan Coker is taking over the running of the WHTID Facebook page and Twitter account @WestHamTil. I’d quite like to recruit another match reporter, ideally someone who goes to away games too. David Hautzig will continute to write his match summaries but unfortunately US TV isn’t broadcasting all our games, so he may miss a few.

I’m very pleased to report that Sean Whetstone will be writing a weekly Sunday evening column, with S J Chandos returning on Wednesdays. David Blackmore, editor of Blowing Bubbles magazine will start a new Wednesday afternoon column in September. Tony Hanna will be musing on a Tuesday morning with Blind Hammer taking the Thursday morning slot. The excellent HamburgHammer will continue to entertain us on a Monday morning to get the week off to a good start.

Some of you long term readers will remember GoatyGav. He’s returning with a Thursday afternoon column, while newcomer Jeff Gayle will take over Friday evening interviews with other teams’ bloggers.

I will continue doing the match day columns and write the odd blog here and there too.

We’ll also be posting irregular columns from Michael Brook, RapidHammer, Bobby Shovels and Mike Ireson. I haven’t given up on trying to persuade Iron Liddy to return to writing her epic epistles, either!

I’d still love to have weekly columnists covering the Under 23 side and also West Ham Ladies.

Let me know if you, or someone you know, might like to write for us. Just email me with an idea and we can take it from there.

UPDATE: In addition I am delighted to announce that Dawud Marsh will be posting a photo diary of our home games.

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Guest Post

Hello, Hello...

Guest Post from Safehands

Recently, on the off-chance, I met Andy Sheldon, the MET Police dedicated football officer who attends West Ham home and away games. When I was a SAB rep I met him at a couple of pre-match meetings to discuss how the games were to be policed as well as any supporter concerns.

We were chatting about the London Stadium, especially the upcoming Tottenham and Brighton games, and he said he is keen to get feedback from the fans that attend home and away games with ideas/concerns they may have mainly around policing.

I offered to put this short piece together to get your views to pass onto him. So, is there anything you think needs to be brought to the police’s attention?

Match Report

Ten Things We Learned at Old Trafford

Not one of us can complain at this result. We were outplayed. It looked for a lot of the match as if there was a league’s difference between the two sides. We looked intimidated by Lukaku and we played without an ounce of belief or conviction. The period around the last two goals was just embarrassing.

There isn’t a single West Ham player who tonight can look themselves in the mirror and say, ‘yeah, I did OK today’. Even Zabaleta, who was probably our best player, had some heartstopping moments, especially after he was booked. In the first half an hour we looked relatively comfortable, even though we had very little possession and didn’t create a single chance. Well, when you only have 28% possession, I guess it’s quite difficult. Our only chance of the first half came when Fernandes blasted the ball straight at De Gea. Once Man U scored, their confidence grew and you could almost tell that we weren’t going to get back into it. Hernandez was completely anonymous, but it’s difficult to blame him when neither Ayew nor Arnautovic seemed able to find him.

1. Masuaku had a shocker of a game. Cresswell will be back next weekend without doubt.
2. Reid and Ogbonna, while comfortable initially, didn’t seem interested after the first goal went in.
3. Obiang, Noble and Fernandes is not a midfield three that will play together again.
4. Hernandez is not a player who thrives as a one-up striker and needs service. He was about the only one who kept going until the end, though.
5. Joe Hart didn’t do anything wrong, but he didn’t inspire confidence. He had little protection.
6. Marko Arnautovic cannot deliver a ball into the box from a free kick or corner.
7. There was no pace to the side. We ambled about and passed the ball lamely, but not to feet.
8. Declan Rice did enough to justify my belief that he should have been on from the start.
9. Diafra Sakho put himself about a bit in the first few minutes but after that just seemed to shrug his shoulders.
10. We need William Cavalho to sign this week.

Scores: Hart 6, Zabaleta 6, Masuaku 4, Ogbonna 5, Reid 5, Fernandes 5, Noble 5, Obiang 5, Ayew 5, Arnautovic 6, Hernandez 5, Sakho 6, Rice 6

Man of the Match: Pablo Zabaleta

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Match Thread

Match Thread: Manchester United v West Ham

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Lineup Prediction

Lineup Prediction: Manchester United v West Ham

Subs: Adian, Fonte, Collins, Snodgrass, Fernandes, Martinez, Sakho

I suspect we’re all just a little excited about this afternoon. And I guess we’d all be happy with a point, but let’s be ambitious. We’ve seen over the past couple of days how upsets can happen on the first day of the season, and although Sean Whetstone on Claret & Hugh has pointed out how all the omens and stats are against us, you never know.

Whatever lineup we put out against the Red Devils, it will be one of the strongest we’ve ever been able to play at Old Trafford. In theory, there isn’t a real weakness in this team, even if we haven’t got all our players fit. We have England’s Number 1 in goal. We have our two first choice central defenders fit. After several years of right back being our weak spot we now have a real star in Zabaleta. At left back Masuaku has really impressed in pre-season and will be keen to take his chance. If I am right and Declan Rice plays as a sweeper in a defensive midfield three I doubt whether he will let anyone down on his full first team debut. Mark Noble has now recovered from the hernia injury that he played through last season, and probably shouldn’t have, and we have one of our players of the season back in Pedro Obiang. Andre Ayew knows that he is going to have to compete for that right wing slot with Michail Antonio and I am sure we’re all keen to see Marko Arnautovic reach peak form. And then there’s Javier Hernandez who will hopefully have us all drooling.

And the strength of our squad is evident when we look at the bench – and this is with Cresswell, Antonio, Lanzini, Carroll and Kouyate all out injured. It’s a good time to be a Hammer, especially given the mouthwatering prospect of William Cavalho signing this week.

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