Hammers star exposes damaging United problem in pre-match comments

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Kevin Nolan says West Ham United have no fear of facing Manchester United - highlighting one of the problems that the Red Devils have.

Kevin Nolan's comments before West Ham United take on Manchester United have summed up the problems that the Red Devils currently face. 

The Hammers midfielder was bold in his statements before the weekend's fixture, claiming that his side can cause an upset when they take on United, but it sums up a wider issue that Louis Van Gaal's side face.

"We've got no reason to fear them," Nolan said. "I genuinely believe we can go there and get a result."

It shows how the opinion of a match at Old Trafford has changed for opposition players due to United's sustained struggle.

Previously, a trip to the Manchester stadium would have been met with trepidation by the travelling team, but visiting sides are now sensing an opportunity.

Despite £150 million worth of additions United look vulnerable and their history is making the situation harder.

United are the biggest club in England and taking the three points against them remains a notable scalp for every side in the country, despite their struggles. 

Their proud past is what convinced the likes of Angel Di Maria, Falcao and Ander Herrera to join the club, despite them being unable to offer European football, but is also harming them in a playing sense.

There has never been a better time in recent memory to face United than now and teams play against them sensing blood. 

It was the exact reason Leicester City were able to turn around a two goal deficit at the weekend and why Swansea City have been to Old Trafford and won this season.

United have lost their aura of invincibility and they must regain it as soon as possible, if they are to meet expectations. 

Under Sir Alex Ferguson's regime games were won before a ball had been kicked due to the intimidating prospect that a game against the Red Devils represented and until they re-find this fear-factor their slump looks set to continue - no matter how much money is spent. 

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