Van Gaal might have to do without Evans

Louis Van Gaal might have to do without Jonny Evans in the next match against West Ham United.
The 26-year old defender injured his leg during the league game in Leicester last weekend and left the pitch towards the end of the first half. He was hobbling and looking in pain while making his way to the sidelines.
There have been no reports regarding the nature of his injury so far. The United management is believed to be waiting for the scan reports before making an official statement.
Another United player Tyler Blackett will also not be there in that West Ham fixture having been shown the red card at the King Power Stadium the other day.

West Ham Keep Allardyce

West Ham United took the decision to keep faith in Sam Allardyce despite widespread criticism from the fans. West Ham have a tradition of playing beautiful football, but this has totally disappeared under the stewardship of Allardyce. The former Bolton and Blackburn Rovers manager has a reputation for being all about results. He adopts the long ball philosophy in order to get those results. Allardyce has admitted that he tends to focus on situations like set pieces because they can be utilised to beat even the top teams.

Allardyce Under Increased Pressure

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is coming under increasing pressure due to the style of football being employed at the club. Allardyce is known as a manager who favours route one football. Even though this is not the most pleasing to watch, it has helped him get results whereby he has gone. Allardyce was crucial in getting West Ham back from the championship into the Premier league. However, the fans are not certainly happy with the style of football they are seeing every week. This has further increased pressure on owner David Sullivan, who has given the dreaded vote of confidence to the manager.

POINTS MATTER

The manager of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce, doesn’t seem to be that much upset with what Jose Mourinho said about his tactics a couple of days ago.

Mourinho was furious after having to share points with West Ham on Wednesday and he didn’t hold back at all while speaking in the post match press conference. The Portuguese said that the Hammers played too defensively.
But, those statements of his haven’t prompted Allardyce to say bad things about him.

In one of the English newspapers, the West Ham boss wrote this about Mourinho, “Jose hasn’t been as intense as he used to be in his first tenure and that’s nice to see.”

JANUZAJ BLASTED

The 30 years old Welshman defender of West Ham United, James Collins blasted Adnan Januzaj for his diving during Manchester United’s match against West Ham.

Adnan Januzaj was showed a yellow card for simulation after he had launched himself to the ground and instead of getting a set-piece, he received a yellow card and James Collins appeared to be rather upset after the match concluded as he spoke to the media.

"It's cheating basically," Collins told Sky Sports News.
"I don't like to see it in the game. He probably thinks I am going to stick my leg out and he's probably already thinking about going over. Obviously he's taken a dive. He's a young lad, a great player, I'm sure he will learn’’.

GOAL PROBLEMS

West Ham United is not only suffering from goal-scoring problems but also defensive ones as they have received 14 goals in 12 matches and only mustering to score 9 goals.

They have received a further blow in their journey of the Premier League as Winston Reid is set to be unavailable to play for a couple of weeks after undergoing surgery on his ankle.

The club's head of sports science and sports medicine Andy Rolls said: "Winston had an operation on his ankle injury to stabilize the joint. This procedure went well.

Winston Reid joins the list of injured players alongside Andy Carroll who still has not made a single appearance in this season for West Ham after experiencing a heel problem.

Vaz Te out with shoulder injury

Ricardo Vaz Te, the West Ham United striker has been ruled out of the game for at least six weeks after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s goalless draw against Swansea City in the Premier League this Sunday.

Although the club has refused to put any sort of timeline on his return from injury, it can be safely assumed that it will at least take a month for him to return to training and al lot longer before he can play competitively. The Portuguese forward suffered a similar injury last season and was on the treatment table for almost three months and it seems that he has aggravated that same injury.

West Ham United are already short on quality strikers with fellow striker and England international out with a long term injury, leaving the Hammers with only Carlton Cole and Ravel Morrison with the only options up front.

Moreover, Morrison is still only 20 years old and a midfield playmaker that can play as a makeshift forward whereas the former Chelsea man Cole is not someone who can set the scoring charts racing. And this leaves manager Sam Allardyce with a selection headache adding further misery to a side that has had a very poor start to the season and are languishing in the bottom half of the table.

Cole did come on for Vaz Te against Swansea City and in his absence; he will have to lead the line for the Hammers. Cole signed for the club just last month after being released earlier in the summer and speaking to the media, stated that he is chuffed to be back playing with West Ham United and being involved with the club once again.

He also added that he hopes to push on and contribute to the club’s cause this season.

Andy Carroll fighting to be fit

Andy Carroll is reportedly winning his battle to be fit for West Ham United by the start of the new season of Premier League football.

The England international forward completed a club record move from Liverpool for a whopping £ 16 million in the close season despite picking up an ankle injury in the Hammers’ last game of the season against Reading.

Initially, Carroll was not expected to be back playing before the end of August. But he is confident that he can return before schedule and be fit and ready for the big kickoff in a couple of weeks. The Hammers begin their Premier League campaign at home in The Boleyn Ground against newcomers to the Premier League Cardiff City on the 17th of August and Carroll is expected to feature in that match in some form, if not from the start.

The 24 year old mentioned that he had been working hard. He stated that he had been away to Germany with the team and doing a lot of exercise, trying to keep himself fit. He mentioned that his heel still hurt a bit and the work he did was keeping that in mind.

He mentioned that although it has been tough, he hopes to be back in time for the first game of the season for West Ham United.

Carroll scored seven goals in 22 appearances for the London club last season in an injury ravaged loan spell from Liverpool, his most successful return since his Newcastle United days. And that was enough for West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce to smash the club’s transfer record and sign the England hit man on a permanent basis ahead if the new season as they look to create a young team capable of competing for 90 minutes on the go.

CARROLL DEAL AGREED

The manager of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce, has said that he has reached a financial agreement with Liverpool on the signing of Andy Carroll and now, it’s up to the English striker to decide whether he wants to make this move or not.

Carroll had played for West Ham United in the last season on loan and he had done quite well for them. He had played 24 games and had scored 7 goals.

Allardyce is said to be quite impressed with Carroll’s speed and he wants to sign him on a permanent basis now.
In one of his interviews, when Allardyce was asked about his plans this summer, he said, “Securing the services of Andy Carroll is our first target. He was brilliant for us in the last season and I want him to be a permanent part of the squad. Luckily, Liverpool also wants to put him on sale and we have reached an agreement as far as the transfer fee is concerned. Now, it’s up to Andy to decide.”

The Hammers have also been linked with the young English winger Wilfried Zaha who is currently a part of Manchester United.

When asked about that, Allardyce said, “Wilfried is a good, young player and he definitely has a bright future ahead of him. I saw him playing for the English U-21 team recently and I liked his style of play. It would be nice to have him in the camp, but, to be honest; we haven’t talked to the officials of Manchester United about this move.”

Manchester United bought Zaha from Crystal Palace in January this year and then, immediately placed him on loan to the same club for the remaining part of the season. Zaha has not even made his debut for Manchester United till now.

POOR FORM COSTS HAMMERS

A poor run of form since the turn of the year has put Sam Allardyce under a lot of pressure in order to keep West Ham in the top flight. The team had 33 points on the board, which is only five points above the relegation zone.

There are still eight matches remaining in the campaign, but the manager Allardyce is confident that his team will be able to avoid relegation. The team have been one of form, which has seen them get just three victories in the league since the turn of the year. As a result, they have been consistently slipping down the table over the last few months.

West Ham looked extremely devoid of ideas and their inability to provide the striker Andy Carroll with the right ammunition was one of the main reasons for their 2-0 defeat against Chelsea during the weekend. Carroll got into a number of good positions, but he was unable to receive the ball. The toothless attack was compounded by a very good defence, which was absolutely ripped apart by the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. Allardyce has set a target of reaching 39 points by the end of the season in order to achieve safety. It requires the team to just get two wins out of the last eight matches.

"At the end of the day, it's not about Wigan being six points off us - it's about us getting to 39 points. It wouldn't matter what Wigan do then or anybody else. Not all of them will get to 39 points. Forget about what's happening down below, and I know it's difficult, but the bottom line is: no matter how they get on, you get to 39 points or more and you're all right. We know we've got the talent, and I want the talent to be maximised every game," said Allardyce.