West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble believes his side have what it takes to get a positive result against a frail Manchester United side this weekend.
Since that famous Carlos Tevez-inspired last-day victory in 2007, the Red Devils have gone on to beat the Hammers in the North West seven times in a row with the East Londoners finding the net on just two occasions.
This weekend, however, offers a completely different proposition as Louis Van Gaal’s side are in the midst of an injury crisis and come off the back of a thrilling 5-3 defeat at newly promoted Leicester City.
The Upton Park outfit know this is their best chance in a number of years at repeating their 2007 antics, with midfielder Mark Noble in particular looking to exploit the hosts’ weaknesses.
“Whereas in previous years we've had to 'park the bus' due to their quality, we're going up there now with a good chance of getting something out of the game. The Club, the staff and certainly the players are looking forward to it.” Noble wrote in his weekly Hammers blog.
“Don't get me wrong, they're still a fantastic team with world class players and we're certainly not going to underestimate them. Coming back from that incredible 5-3 game with Leicester they'll be hurting and looking to bounce back.”
“Having said that we know they've got some chinks in their armour and we'll be looking to exploit them come Saturday. We're in good form, we've got good players and we're feeling confident. We'll take that onto the pitch at Old Trafford and hopefully come away with a positive result!”