Dimitri Payet says West Ham have proved they can compete

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet looks dejected after a penalty appeal is not given

West Ham have drawn and lost their last two games.

Speaking to the club’s official website, midfielder Dimitri Payet says West Ham United showed against Manchester United that they can compete at this level.

The Hammers have endured a disastrous start to the season and currently sit just a point outside of the relegation zone.

Sunday afternoon saw them travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, who have not had an ideal start to the campaign themselves.

They left Manchester with a vital point after Zlatan Ibrahimovic levelled an early goal from Diafra Sakho.

West Ham United's Dimitri PayetWest Ham United's Dimitri Payet

In truth, they were lucky to come away with a point after Jose Mourinho’s team had dominated the game but Payet insists that he and his teammates showed they can compete.

“We came close to taking all three points at the end. So we are very happy with that,” he told the club’s official website.

“We played a good match last weekend at Tottenham and unfortunately we didn't take the points, but thankfully we have succeeded in getting something against United.”

“Against these two tough teams, and we know what they are capable of - we've shown that we can compete at this level.”

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet looks dejected after a penalty appeal is not givenWest Ham United's Dimitri Payet looks dejected after a penalty appeal is not given

While Payet was pleased with the performance, the result did little to ease the mounting pressure at the London Stadium.

Slaven Bilic’s team are currently 16th in the table with 12 points to their name, just a point outside of the relegation zone.

They need to start picking up wins sooner rather than later before they find themselves even deeper into the relegation mix than they already are.

Indeed, a win could move them as high as 12th and Payet admits they are targeting a run to do just that.

“We are trying to put together a good little run to move ourselves a bit higher up the table into a more comfortable position,” he added.

“All it's going to take is a little bit of a good run to move us up the table and that will allow us to play with a bit more freedom.”

West Ham United manager Slaven BilicWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

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