It’s a massive game for Sam Allardyce’s side and a real opportunity for them to put some points on the board and gain ground on the Manchester side.
If Sakho starts the game, it will be interesting to see how he plays against Manchester United’s talented attack.
|Position||Team||Goals||Goal Assist||Duel Won||Accurate Pass||Touches||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Robin van Persie||FW||Man Utd||9||2||80||345||667||21||1,723|
|Wayne Rooney||FW||Man Utd||8||4||85||924||1,437||19||1,667|
|Diafra Sakho||FW||West Ham||8||2||72||115||437||14||1,027|
|James Wilson||FW||Man Utd||1||0||18||66||149||11||315|
The stats in terms of goals and assists for this season suggest that he can be competitive against Manchester United’s current strikers.
Robin Van Persie leads the way on nine goals but Sakho could draw level and even overtake the Dutchman with a good performance this weekend.
He also compares well in terms of the duels he’s won this season, which shows he’s got a good core strength and should be able to compete well against United’s defensive options.
Where he falls down is in terms of the number of accurate passes and touches of the ball he’s had.
However, that shouldn’t be a major surprise considering the higher number of passes Manchester United player and the arguably greater movement in their midfield and attack.
Sakho can certainly have a say on the game this weekend and there’s no reason West Ham fans shouldn’t be confident that he’ll make the difference.