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Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Picture credit: PA Wire

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Picture credit: PA Wire

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Picture credit: PA Wire

WEST HAM manager Sam Allardyce is fearful the Manchester United side that visits Upton Park tomorrow evening will be more dangerous than if they were fighting to retain their Premier League crown.

The Red Devils have struggled under new manager David Moyes this season and will go into the match in east London seventh in the table and 12 points off the league's top four.

Despite beating Olympiacos 3-0 on Wednesday night to overcome a first-leg deficit and advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Moyes has failed to deliver the spark to seamlessly continue the success United enjoyed under Alex Ferguson.

WARY

But Allardyce knows how good United's squad is and is wary they will be taking the Hammers more seriously than they would if they were sitting pretty at the top of the league.

"Talent can always come out and deliver at any specific time," he said. "They are probably more dangerous when they are doing not so well than when they are on the crest of a wave.

"Sometimes they can come and be a little complacent against the lesser teams when they are flying high and they have got these big games at the top of the league and big games in the Champions League.

"You have got to look at the last away game they played, they overcame West Brom comfortably.

"There are a lot of people saying Man United are more comfortable and playing better football away from home because there is not quite as much pressure. I just base it on the fact that the last away game they played against a Premier League side, they won 3-0."


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