The former Republic of Ireland international believes that Sam Allardyce’s side will be able to find weakness in the Red Devils’ formation and pick up all three points from today’s Premier League clash at the Boleyn Ground.
“West Ham have only won one of their last six Premier League games but I think they will give Manchester United some problems defensively,” Lawrenson wrote in his BBC Sport prediction column.
“The pitch is so tight at Upton Park and the Hammers will load the ball in to Andy Carroll, presuming he is fit.
“Manchester United are in the scramble for the top four. They have been getting good results against teams who are below them and will continue to do so.
“But their formation keeps changing and, if there is any weakness there, West Ham will find it - I think Hammers manager Sam Allardyce will turn this into a real battle and I am not sure if United will be able to cope with it.”
Can Lawrenson’s prediction come true?
While West Ham will fancy their chances of winning against United, one needs to remember that the Manchester outfit are in better form.
True, Van Gaal’s side’s performances have not been great, but one way or the other they have picked up points and won games.
Defensively United have not been as bad as some would like to think: they have conceded just one more goal against Chelsea (although they have played a fewer game).
However, the fact remains that the Red Devils are still not entirely convincing and will leave themselves open to West Ham attacks.
Sam Allardyce’s side are not playing that well and are struggling for points. Perhaps a win against the former Premier League champions is a bit too much to ask.