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United will face our best
West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has warned Manchester United face a team brimming with confidence after back-to-back wins over Birmingham and Hull. The Hammers enjoyed successive league wins for the first time since March 2009 when they crushed nine-man Hull 3-0 at Upton Park on Saturday. The victory pushed West Ham into 13th place in the Premier League and optimism has returned ahead of tonight’s match at Old Trafford. Parker said: “I thought a few weeks ago when we were on a bit of a bad run of results that, if we could get two wins back-to-back, we could really go places. We’ve had two good results against an in-form Birmingham and we came out worthy winners on Saturday against Hull. Now we’ve got a tough game at Manchester United, but we will go there with massive confidence.”
Still on tonight's match, The Independent claim Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic will be reunited against West Ham for the first time in more than four months. Ian Herbert writes: "Ferdinand is clear to start, having concluded a four-match ban, while there are indications that Vidic, fit enough for the bench in the 3-1 defeat at Everton, has recovered from [a recent] calf problem."
Elsewhere, Wayne Rooney makes headlines once again, although the focus is on England's World Cup campaign. Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham spoke about Wayne at an event at Wembley on Monday. Shearer's comments were reported in The Sun: "Rooney is the key. He's a massive key. Without him I don't think we'll have a chance of winning the World Cup. With him we've got a great chance. He's a fantastic footballer."