What a bittersweet afternoon last weekend was for you West Ham fans! Despite losing 2-1 away from home against Manchester United, the Irons were clearly by far the better side and were truly unlucky to walk away with no points.
It was the performance of a team who truly looks like they are pushing for a Europa League spot. With two penalties being the reason for their defeat, West Ham players and fans alike can be extremely positive going into the game against Leicester later today.
In order to provide the same level of performance, this time ending with a better result, there are a couple of changes the Chilean manager has to make.
Here’s a couple.
Drop Robert Snodgrass
After playing in a more central role last time out, it became apparent that Snodgrass’ involvement became more of a hindrance to other players like Lanzini, who were made to play wider.
Despite having a solid game at Old Trafford, the Scotsman seemed to be just off the pace of everyone else in the Hammers’ side, possibly proving to be the weaker link in a very dominant midfield.
With a usual keen eye for goal and creating chances, it certainly was an off game for the 31-year-old
Start Michail Antonio
Wow! What an impact the 29-year-old made when coming on for the final 15 minutes last week.
After hitting the crossbar and forcing David De Gea to make an incredible save which other goalkeepers may have possibly not made, Michail Antonio, who is valued at £10.8 million (by Transfermarkt), certainly put a good advert as to why he should be starting against Leicester today.
In dropping Snodgrass, this could allow the Englishman to take a more central role similar to that against United, which can only cause the Leicester backline a huge problem due to his energy and strength.
A win for West Ham will see them go within two points of Leicester and really heat up the race for the possible European spot that Leicester currently occupy.